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You Were Gone: I buried you. I mourned you. But now you're back . . . The Sunday Times Bestseller (David Raker Missing Persons) Paperback – 21 Feb 2019
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His most serpentine and satisfying yet (Daily Mail)
Kept me guessing until the final page (Jane Corry bestselling author of My Husband's Wife)
Tense and twisty, with an emotional punch and an intriguing plot. It's gripping stuff (Karen Perry bestselling author of Girl Unknown)
Praise for Tim Weaver (-)
Terrific (Sunday Times)
It had me racing to the end (Fiona Barton bestselling author of The Child)
Packed with twists (Daily Express)
Thrilling (Richard & Judy Book Club)
So many twists and surprises (The Times)
One of this country's most respected, bestselling crime writers . . . Catch him at once (Daily Mail)
About the Author
Tim Weaver is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the David Raker Missing Persons series. 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 award.
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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Like many readers here, I too have read every single book, waiting eagerly each year for my next Raker fix. This one is different. This book focusses more on Raker and his emotions than any other and at times is truly cruel, uncomfortable and painful to read. My emotional responses levels went off the charts for Raker in the two days I took to read it. At times I had to put the book down, completely frustrated, thinking can Tim really be putting this poor man through this? If you have read the entire collection then you, like me will be heavily invested in Raker and what he has been through, and as the story has created such powerful responses in me as the reader, it can only mean that this has left me once more craving the next instalment and believing that You Were Gone is truly up there with Vanished as his best ever. I hope you love this book as much as I have.
We have known from the outset that David’s beloved wife, Derryn, had passed away from cancer some years previously so when a woman walks into a Police station, looking identical to her,claiming to be called Derryn Raker and asking for her husband, David, the Police begin to question whether Derryn had actually died and that this woman is who she says she is. David himself begins to question whether he nursed her through her last days and if the funeral actually took place.
Things are compounded when an eminent psychiatrist confirms to the Police that he treated David some years previously for a rare condition called Capgras delusion. His life then becomes a nightmare, not least because he has to try and prove to the Police that this woman isn’t who she says she is but also he has to prove everything to someone else - himself, as his own sanity is brought into question. He has to try and find out who is doing this and why.
This is a totally brilliant book which ends with one humdinger of a cliffhanger and I cannot wait to see what happens to David next.
I’ve not read any of the previous David Raker books by Tim Weaver, but it’s not necessary as the book gives plenty of insight into his past. In fact, looking at other reviews, a lot of the negative ones are from people who have read all the previous ones and are disappointed that this one is a bit different.
There were a couple of geographical errors that only niggled me because I know the area in south London where much of the story is based quite well. The fictional hospital of St Augustine’s apparently opened its doors in 1901 but Thamesmead was only developed in the 1960s. Also, Plumstead is almost 20 miles from Tottenham Marshes, not 10 as indicated in the book.
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