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Tim Weaver
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Book Description

29 Aug 2013

Never Coming Back is the brilliant new missing persons case in the David Raker series by Tim Weaver.


It was supposed to be the start of a big night out. But when Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie's house, she finds the front door unlocked and no one inside. Dinner's cooking, the TV's on. Carrie, her husband and their two daughters are gone.

When the police draw a blank, Emily asks missing persons investigator David Raker to find them. It's clear someone doesn't want the family found.

But as he gets closer to the truth, Raker begins to uncover evidence of a sinister cover-up, spanning decades and costing countless lives. And worse, in trying to find Emily's missing family, he might just have made himself the next target ...

Immerse yourself in Never Coming Back, the much-anticipated new instalment in the David Raker series from Tim Weaver, author of Chasing the Dead, The Dead Tracks and Vanished. Fans of Mo Hayder's Gone and Michael Marshall Smith's The Straw Men should look this way.

Acclaim for Tim Weaver:

'I couldn't put it down' - Sun

'Weaver's books get better each time - tense, complex, sometimes horrific, written with flair as well as care' - Guardian

'Weaver has delivered another cracking crime thriller' - Daily Mail

Tim Weaver was born in 1977. After working in magazine journalism, writing about films, TV, sport, games and technology for seventeen years, he is now a full time novelist. He is married with a young daughter, and lives near Bath. Never Coming Back is Tim's fourth David Raker novel.

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  • Paperback: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 4th Revised edition edition (29 Aug 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 024195441X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241954416
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,263 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Weaver's books get better each time - tense, complex, sometimes horrific, written with flair as well as care (Guardian)

I couldn't put it down (Sun)

Weaver has delivered another cracking crime thriller (Daily Mail)

About the Author

Tim Weaver was born in 1977. At eighteen, he left school and started working in magazine journalism, and has since gone on to develop a successful career writing about films, TV, sport, games and technology. He is married with a young daughter, and lives near Bath. Never Coming Back is Tim's fourth David Raker novel.

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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A real page turner 30 Aug 2013
I had never heard of Tim Weaver before, and when I read the blurb on receipt of the book from Real Readers, I thought it was my type of book.I am now a total fan. At first, although the characters, places and scenes were well depicted, (Weaver isn't shy about using adjectives,) I found it quite slow. I am not a fan of action shifting from place to place or time to time, but I soon realised the book was going to be so good this wouldn't detract. David Raker the private detective in the story, has demons from his past but he goes in search of a missing family for an old girlfriend. The pages are littered with corpses, suspense, red herrings and so many twists and turns, I realised very quickly I couldn't put it down. As the story unfolds into a totally unexpected climax I really didn't want the final page to come. In a word Brilliant
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thriller with a capital T!!! 3 Sep 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first Tim Weaver book that I have read but not my first thriller - however, this is poles apart from any other thriller that I've ever read - this book is in the top tier of a whole league of its own - this, people, is a THRILLER!!! It should come with an advisory notice on the front cover warning potential readers of the effects on their daily routines if they open this book - of the unanswered telephone calls, the unnoticed text messages, the unwashed dishes, families being left to fend for themselves at mealtimes... all because you will not be able to put this book down!
The tenacious and quick-witted investigator of missing people, David Raker, is the central character of this book. The story, set in both Devon and Las Vegas, revolves around the complete disappearance without trace of Paul and Carrie Ling, and their two daughters. The fact that they literally drop right off the radar is the intriguing hook that grabs the reader right from the very start, before long the plot deeply immerses you inside the mystery and drama as it unfolds and it won't let you up for air! This well written story never relinquishes its tension or its complexity until the very last full stop - its plot, violent at times, is extremely convoluted and with multiple twists at the end but never loses its credibility or believability. I was absolutely exhausted by the end of it!!
Pick this book up - you won't regret it! Story telling at its very best!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced, missing person/family thriller 30 Sep 2013
A new author for me and a new 'hero' to discover. David Raker, with a personal past that i guess is covered in the earlier books is asked to seach for the missing family of a girlfriend from his teenage days.

there is another charactor who is also present at the start (healy) and i did struggle with the writing as both seemed to be written in the 1st person, but as soon as healy ran off in a sulk, the story was easier to follow and rather fast paced.

A missing family, a shady group of high roller in Las Vegas, a self made businessman, the remote Devon countryside and coast, all intermingle over something that was discovered by chance in a photograph

Who is on who's side, who can be trusted and who will survive.

I really enjoyed this after the challenging 1st person issues at the start. feelings towards the main charactors changing as the story unfolded.

Would have been 5* if not for the start, but put up with that small glitch to enjoy the rest of the book
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Page-turning thriller 16 Sep 2013
A family disappears suddenly, leaving dinner cooking on the stove and their dog wandering round the house. Some months later the police investigation has come to a dead end and the remaining member of the family (the missing mother's sister) calls in an old school friend who is a private investigator. He has troubles of his own, but takes the case on anyway. Soon he starts to put the pieces together and in doing so places himself right in the line of fire.

I hadn't heard of Tim Weaver before I received this book from Real Readers so didn't have any idea what to expect when I started it. The cover gives it a Linwood Barclay kind of vibe, not exactly a crime novel, not exactly a thriller, but something in between which addresses the central crime from angle of the effect it has on the family of the victims and on those who investigate it. Sometimes you can judge a book by its cover, as this is exactly what "Never Coming Back" is like.

It's big thick book which looks like it'll take you an age to read, but once I started I found myself rattling through it double-quick to find out what happened. I found the first 50 pages or so the most demanding as it took me that long to get used to the flashbacks and the way the novel is written. After that I got into the way of it and there was no stopping me.

I understand that there are previous novels featuring David Raker, the book's protagonist, but you don't need to have read them to understand or get involved with this novel. Doubtless having read them would add to your experience, but you can manage fine without them.

I found David a likeable character, but he's definitely of the world-weary, existential, I-have-my-own-problems school of investigator.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Raker's Coming Back 29 Aug 2013
Whatever you do, don't read this book! Well, not unless you have several hours spare because once you've picked it up you won't be putting it down again in a hurry.

Never Coming Back, Tim Weaver's 4th novel featuring driven Missing Persons Investigator David Raker, confidently combines a carefully crafted narrative featuring enough surprises for even the most seasoned crime thriller aficionado with believably drawn protagonists and a fine sense of place. So what if a couple of characters are ripped straight from the pages of The Big Book Of Grumpy Coppers, Weaver just cleverly uses this (over) familiarity with the type to serve up a devious plot twist.

One quibble I do have is that the story takes a while to get going, spending a little too much time resolving dangling plot threads from the previous installment, but once Raker begins his investigation the plot gathers focus and momentum all the way up to the final twist in the very last sentence.

Definitely one to pick up.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I'll be coming back for more
Well this is certainly an author who lives up to all the hype! This was a writer who had simply passed me by. Read more
Published 7 days ago by Siltone
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not read this author before ,could not get into this book
Published 10 days ago by Mr. Malcolm Gaskell
5.0 out of 5 stars great book I would recommend to all my friends.
Ive read all of these books,I love the character and I can't wait to read the next one.i just wish you would'nt let him get hurt so much. Read more
Published 15 days ago by p. dowdall
5.0 out of 5 stars An Awesome Read!
What an awesome read. Gritty and scary in places, but full of depth and intrigue, and skilfully written and structured. Read more
Published 20 days ago by bevtheboo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
Found this book to be a great read have not read a Tim Weaver book before but will definitely look for more books by this author.
Published 23 days ago by gotitfrommymama
5.0 out of 5 stars Couldn't put it down !
Fantastic book , David raker is a great guy , introduced me to this genre of reading .recommend this book to all my friends .
Published 25 days ago by mrs tracy jones
5.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing
Another excellent Tim Weaver novel - well written, fast paced, and surprising twists and turns in the storyline. Great read
Published 27 days ago by juliet staddon
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping
This is a brilliant read, although I guessed the ending....I would have been disappointed with anything else. I can't wait for the next book.
Published 29 days ago by J Corrigan
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping!
The book got off to a slow start, covering past events which meant nothing to me. But at about 10% it livened and became absorbing. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Never coming back
Good mystery. Had me second guessing. Have read other books by this author and find him a good read. Will look for more.
Published 1 month ago by Fiona Wright
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