Tense, dramatic plot with many pacy twists and turns to keep the reader guessing right up to the end.
David Raker finds missing persons – he never gives up, that’s his motivation – but when he takes on an assignment from Emily, a close friend, to track down a missing family, he soon finds himself involved in a sinister cover-up spanning decades and costing countless lives.
The Lings: Carrie, her husband, and two young daughters disappear one evening. Emily (Carrie’s sister) finds their house is unlocked, no one is inside. Dinner’s cooking, the TV’s on, and there’s no sign of a struggle.
The police are baffled, and so is David initially, but he gradually unravels a secret; someone doesn’t want the family found, and that someone will stop at nothing to keep the secret intact.
When he comes closer to the truth, he realises that he just might have made himself the next target, and as the novel races towards a final showdown, it’s clear that Raker needs more than luck to stay alive.
Can he survive?
This is Tim Weaver’s fourth Raker novel, and it’s a complex maze of deceit and deception throughout. Absorbing and entertaining read – a real page-turner that keeps the reader engrossed right to the climatic end. A standard plot, but with a fresh slant that sets it apart from others.
It really is that good.
My main critique (which is easy to remedy) is that I couldn’t form a mental picture of the Raker character – how old he was, his physical attributes, what he looked like, etc. which was disconcerting given that other main characters were more than adequately described. Given that I hadn’t read the previous novels, it was perhaps understandable that the author didn’t feel necessary to regurgitate this – however Lee Child (with every Reacher novel) makes a point to enforce his main character.
Also, place descriptions went on ad-nauseam (the novel is over 500 pages) to the point that I skipped them altogether.
Quibbles; just a few minor ones: there were too many sentences beginning with “…ing” words or “As I, blah, blah” that distracted me to the extent that I found myself looking out for the next one instead of soaking up the story.
My copy was an advanced reading copy and there were several misspellings and typos that need amending before publication.
Bottom line: three national newspaper blurbs are all positive, and I agree with them that Tim Weaver has delivered a cracking crime thriller. Highly recommended. Buy it and enjoy.