Latest (early) reads: You Were Gone Tim Weaver

Publication Date: 17th May from Penguin (Michael Joseph)

Source: Review Copy

Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband.


When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, even private conversations the two of them had. There’s just one problem: Raker’s wife has been dead for eight years.


The woman tells the police that Raker had a breakdown. A respected doctor backs up her account. Items are missing that prove Raker’s side of the story – and, worst of all, he soon becomes the prime suspect in a disappearance.


Could Raker have imagined their whole marriage? Is he delusional? Is this really the woman he loved and grieved for? Hunted by the police, Raker will have to find out the truth before it costs him everything – his memories, his sanity, his life . . .

Oh this book.

I love the Raker series – I tell anyone that listens that it is the best crime series out there that doesn’t involve Charlie Parker, how great it is to have a very different and highly engaging main protagonist and how each book gets better than the last with the twistiest plots, the most emotionally traumatic rollercoaster moments and well just really really good. Every time I read them so fast I can’t even think about anything else until I’m done because that’s  how they get you. Then I’m cross with myself because I’m having to wait again.

This one though. Addictive much. I didn’t so much read it as I did devour it, kind of peeking through my fingers not sure if I wanted to know or not. Could our hero, patron (fictional) saint of the missing, actually be not so much saintly  (a dark side kind of saintly) as quite quite mad? I couldn’t cope. His wife is dead. It has informed so much of his character, given us so much of his reality – BUT WHAT IF HE IS DELUSIONAL?? Seriously, having read the entire series so far and knowing how sneaky Mr Weaver is, it was entirely possible –  it’s not like he wouldn’t go there…

Well I won’t tell you if he does or not but honestly this just rocks along with poor David doubting everyone and everything around him but still, even with all that, he’s going to get to the truth no matter what. Just as he always does.  Once again you are pulled into his gravity and live there right with him for the entirety of the read – it is brilliantly plotted and always beautifully written. I loved it.

With an ending that promises so much and a distinctly edgy feel to it, You Were Gone is possibly the twistiest Raker novel yet and that is really saying something.

Highly Recommended. HIGHLY.

I’m going to have a little lie down….

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2 Responses to Latest (early) reads: You Were Gone Tim Weaver

  1. Ann Marie says:

    Oh, my. This looks really good. I hadn’t even heard of the series… Do you think it could be read as a stand-alone or is it better to start with the first?

    • LizLovesBooks says:

      Any of them COULD be read as standalone but I really wouldn’t – they are all SO SO good so start at 1 and work your way through would be my advice. You get the full David Raker story that way…

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