Going into this book, I expected the mystery to be the main focus, but the star of the story was actually Manon herself; and as I came to know her, I was quite alright with that actuality. Searching not only for a missing girl but also for love, DS Manon Bradshaw, God help her, is a bit of a hot mess – and I kind of love her for it. She struggles with her demanding career, internet dating, and her estranged family, all set to the deafening rhythm of her ticking biological clock. Though her personal life is in disarray, she’s still a brilliant detective, and I never thought for a minute that she wouldn’t crack this case. There are some heartbreaking moments in this story, but I was most surprised by the laugh-out-loud lines thanks to Manon’s hilarious inner dialogue and analogies. British slang is always fun for this southerner; it’ll be weeks before I stop saying ‘bins,’ ‘telly,’ ‘bloody,’ and ‘bollocks.’
There’s a slew of very interesting characters in the police department as well as out, my favorites being Davy, Bryony, Harriet, and Fly. While this is a great stand-alone, these characters are so well fleshed-out that I would really love to see this book become a series as I cannot imagine not revisiting them time and time again.
Remarkable writing with plausible twists and turns and interesting police procedurals. Highly recommend for fans of British literature/literary mysteries. I will certainly be reading more from this author.
A huge thank-you to the publisher for sending this book in exchange for my honest review.