A bestseller in the UK, this gripping thriller of a family that vanishes into thin air is Tim Weaver’s American debut
Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie’s house to find the front door unlocked, dinner on the table, and the family nowhere to be found—Carrie, her husband, and two daughters have disappeared. When the police turn up no leads, Emily turns to her former boyfriend David Raker, a missing persons investigator, to track the family down. As Raker pursues the case, he discovers evidence of a sinister cover-up, decades in the making and with a long trail of bodies behind it.
Tim Weaver’s thrillers have been hugely popular in the UK, and now Never Coming Back will introduce his beloved character David Raker to American audiences. Set in Las Vegas and a small fishing village in England, the novel is a smart, fast-paced thriller sure to keep readers guessing until the very end.
British author Weaver makes his U.S. debut with this darkly atmospheric mystery, the fourth to feature missing persons investigator David Raker (after Vanished). While on holiday to his childhood home in Devon, Raker agrees to help his high school girlfriend, Emily Kane, find her family. Ten months earlier, Emily entered the unlocked house of her sister, Carrie Ling, and discovered the TV on, dinner cooking on the stove, and the dog roaming around but no sign of Carrie, husband Paul, or daughters Annabel and Olivia. Raker's quest begins sluggishly, but the plot picks up speed after he learns that Carrie stumbled on the existence of a shadowy organization with sinister past associations. Weaver ramps up the tension through a series of well-executed twists. While Raker isn't a particularly sympathetic character, his drive, fueled by a sense of responsibility for the missing, is infectious. Readers who brave the slow start will find their patience well rewarded.
Not his best
I struggled to finish this book but did. It was definitely not his best and the whole book revolving around photos was frustrating and the fact that it never stopped raining during the entire book was annoying.