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Product details

  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; 2nd Revised edition 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: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (215 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,887 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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 is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the David Raker missing persons cases.

Weaver has been nominated for a National Book Award, selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, and shortlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Dagger in the Library, which considers an author's entire body of work.

He is also the host and producer of the chart-topping Missing podcast, which features experts in the field discussing missing persons investigations from every angle. A former journalist and magazine editor, he lives near Bath with his wife and daughter.

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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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By Sassy 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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By A. Lucas VINE 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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By Kat Man Do TOP 1000 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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Vanished is a decent enough read with plenty of plot twists and well developed characters. There's an almost gothic feel running alongside the modern storyline and it's mostly a winning formula, though quite ordinary and typical of it's genre. In Vanished the police are chasing down a serial killer with a fetish for hair but my main problem is; the whole thing's slightly unbelievable. The police arrive at the scene of crime and there's nothing left but a pile of hair, it doesn't work for me, I found the concept somewhat silly. Despite that; Tim Weaver has managed to produce a relatively slick, nasty and mysterious serial killer who provides enough chills to keep the story ticking over. I did enjoy the vanishing aspect of the plot, someone gets on a train and is never seen again, they just disappear, gone, that's spooky. I've given Vanished 3 stars and not 4 because there are too many coincidences, the plot over-reaches itself and I was somewhat frustrated trying to make all of the pieces fit. Vanished is too padded out, there's often too much going on and a shorter book would have delivered more tension and kept the pages turning.
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It's gripping and Healy is a very original character (more so than Raker). It kept my attention throughout and I looked forward to reading on. The only niggle I have concerns the misplaced Americanisms. For example, people don't use the lift, they "ride the elevator". Really? In London? Has the public ever called the lifts at Tube stations by that name? The wackiest example is the author's use of "out of" in place of that simple preposition "in" (e.g. a receptionist is described as working "out of" a building. Is the welcome desk in the car park?) These affectations are presumably meant to give the book a hard-boiled mean-streets touch. Give it up, Mr Weaver, it's cringeworthy.
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