Edith, a young graduate student from a rich, well-connected family, goes missing from her home days before Christmas with no clues or leads on her whereabouts. Detective Manon is one of the first investigators on the scene and from Day 1 of the investigation, there seems to be no leads or motive and as seen by the department as a “career killing investigation” due to the high profile of Edith’s family (her father was knighted and is the royal surgeon) and the public interest in the case is sure to hurt the department as the case drags on with no new leads. All of the characters are flawed human being but that makes you like them even more. I especially liked Detective Manon, whose personal life which is nonexistent at the beginning of this book, gradually expands and she finally has learn manage her personal life, which ends up as a hot mess. Manon seemed like the most realistic, relatable character in the book. Her witty banter with her colleagues made the story fun while the investigation stalled. I also enjoyed Edith’s mother’s character development from cold-hearted and stand-offish to gradually opening up to her family and those around her with her real feelings and finally confronting those who were causing so much grief in the family instead of politely keeping her mouth shut. I could not predict the ending of this book which made it a great mystery novel in my opinion.
I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars on Goodreads.
I received an advanced readers copy of this book from NetGalley for review consideration.