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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (19 July 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0241954401
  • ISBN-13: 978-0241954409
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 3 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (169 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,028 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tim Weaver is the bestselling author of five books, all of which feature missing persons investigator David Raker. His novels have been nominated for a National Book Award and selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club. A former journalist and magazine editor, he is married with a young daughter, and lives near Bath.

The fifth David Raker novel, FALL FROM GRACE, is out now.

Find out more about Tim and his writing at www.timweaverbooks.com...

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Fans of Mo Hayder will be in seventh hell (Guardian)

I couldn't put it down (Sun)

This is the third of Weaver's books featuring Raker, and they 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)

About the Author

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. Vanished is the third David Raker novel, followed by Never Coming Back and the fifth title in the series, which will publish in summer 2014.

Find out more at www.timweaverbooks.com or on Twitter at @TimWeaverBooks.


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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Newton TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Feb. 2013
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When Sam Wren mysteriously goes missing, his wife, Julia hires Private Detective David Raker to find him. Sam was last seen on the tube at Gloucester Road 6 months ago - and he appeard to just vanish into thin air, as if he never existed.

Vanished is Tim Weaver's third David Raker novel, the first of its kind I've read, and i thoroughly enjoyed it, particualarly the London Underground slant. This is an exciting, well written story of which held my attention throughout -- as tightly as the cuffs which bound 'The Snatcher's' victims. I also enjoyed the unexpected outcome I never saw coming, and that's quite unusal for me to not spot a final twist.
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46 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. V. Bradley TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 26 May 2012
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'Vanished' had me hooked from page 1 and captured my imagination through to the end. It is a well crafted psychological thriller in which the reader is kept wondering 'who dun it' until the last few pages. It is violent in parts but this simply gives credence to the suspense which builds up as the reader journeys through the story. 'Vanished' poses a number of questions; for instance how can someone taking a routine journey on the Circle Line in London get onto a train and not be seen to get off' and still be missing some months later. How, why and where are the questions which Julia Wren, the missing man's wife, hires David Raker to find the answers to. But did he take on more than he bargained for? The author makes effective use of the London Underground system, and in particular the Circle Line. I was born in London and was a frequent user of the Underground system, and there were many occasions during the story which really made my flesh creep. Atmospheric, creepy, and in parts the stuff of which nightmares are made.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Tangerine VINE VOICE on 27 Mar. 2013
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Vanished is a book which is fundamentally based on adult themes. The books starts off well and draws you in with an unexplained disappearance. The story continues to engage as we follow the main protagonist and his investigation into this disappearance. However, the story entwines another thread into this story which is based around other disappearances. These all linked by the crime scene and the hair that is left behind. These stories inevitable become linked and as they do the book becomes ever more unlikely. The situations created to allow the story to progress seem 'forced' and the adult themes become ever more gruesome. The final act was actually the most believable element of the story but the book was quite hard work to complete. Prospective buyers should also be aware that when I say adult themes are prevalent they really are and I'd suggest it isn't for the faint hearted.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By A. Lucas TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2012
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What an absolutely brilliant book. I just couldn't put it down once I'd started to read it. The story is so clever and has so many bits woven into it that you just don't expect. I'm a newcomer to Tim Weaver's books - but I will most definitely be reading eerything else I can find of his! I loved the characters in Vanished - I really ended up caring about them (and even feeling sorry for the 'baddies' in a way). There were some horrible bits, which were extremely graphic and disturbing, but they didn't seem gratuitious at all - all quite necessary for the story.

I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes a good murder mystery - it's such a great read. My only little moan was the ending - I didn't want it to turn out like that...... but apart from that, I loved this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By John TOP 500 REVIEWER on 16 Aug. 2012
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I'm not normally one for reading modern British thriller/mystery novels; I'm currently ploughing my way through the Nordic/Icelandic/Scandinavian/European detective/thriller/mystery novels as I like a change in scene and home territory is too familiar - it's easy to be over critical knowing the cultural context. However, I really enjoyed this novel by Tim Weaver. The action was fast paced, the plot well thought through (although at times predictable) and it certainly maintained my interest from start to finish. I'm not a fan of overly gruesome and grisly murder/death but Weaver keeps the details relatively succinct and it's integral to the plot. I also may possibly be able to navigate the London Underground now as well. I haven't read any of Weaver's other books in the series and it'll be a while before I get round to them, but on this outing I probably will fill in the gaps.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Brett H TOP 50 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Nov. 2012
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With the huge number of CCTV cameras all over Central London, it would seem to be impossible for someone to disappear without trace from a Circle Line tube train. However, this is apparently what has happened to Sam Wren. He is known to have got onto the train, but there is no trace of him ever having emerged again. The police have taken six months to get absolutely nowhere with the case. Sam's distraught wife eventually enlists the help of David Raker, a former journalist, who now specialises in finding missing persons.

Raker initially investigates Wren and finds that there is quite a lot about Sam which his wife either does not know or has wilfully withheld. However, there are numerous aspects to this story as it twists and turns, and as Raker gradually chips away and finds that one development leads to another. This is a very well thought out plot which is delivered at a steady pace and which, although it certainly has its tense moments never becomes overly frenetic. In the hands of many authors this would all have become a confused mishmash, but this is complex but logical and very well delivered.

Raker has something of a mixed relationship with Healy, a policeman, who he has worked with before when Healy's daughter was abducted. Healy himself is clearly psychologically damaged and has his own separate agenda which is a subplot which does not become clear until towards the end. However the interaction between the two men is interesting and contributes a lot to this tale. Things appear to resolve themselves as far as the case goes significantly before the end of the book, but the author retains the ability to surprise his readers right up to the last page so this is not a story which gently winds down.

This is very well written and I read through, what is quite a long book, very quickly as it is a tale which never loses momentum throughout. Tim Weaver's future books will certainly be on my reading list. Highly recommended.
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