09 September 2020

Chasing the Dead

By Tim Weaver
Thriller | Crime

My Review

A 2020 Top Rated Read

Having already read the two most recent books in this fantastic series, namely You Were Gone and No One Home, I decided to go right back to the very beginning with Chasing the Dead. I thought it perhaps wouldn't be as good as the other two, as is sometimes the case with a new series, but not in this instance. It was a superb, thrilling, fast-paced read and one I rate most highly.

Mary Towne contacts missing persons investigator David Raker claiming to have seen her dead son Alex. Still grieving the tragic loss of his wife Derryn, Raker reluctantly takes up the case. What he discovers is a torturous tangled web of mystery and intrigue. 

Definitely not for the squeamish, this book is violent and gritty. How much can one human being endure before he's a broken man? David Raker is pushed to his limit. 

Author Tim Weaver delivers the real deal with this corker of a crime thriller. I loved the many twists and turns and the uncertainty of where it would lead. Glimpses into the puzzle are given but putting the pieces together in any comprehensible order is no mean feat. 

The ending was genius. Thinking nothing else could possibly surprise — KERPOW! — the most brilliant curveball smacked me square in the face. It really was an excellent read and this series is fast becoming my new favourite.             

Book Source: Purchased copy 
My Rating ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Paperback: 480 pages
Publisher: Penguin (7th July 2011)

The Blurb

Mary's son Alex went missing.

A year later he's found dead.

But now, she sees him, walking in the street.

Alex's life is not the innocent one his mother believed.

Buried in his past are secrets that are never meant to be found.

And some things are far worse than death . . .

The Author

Tim Weaver is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the David Raker Missing Persons series. He 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, which considers an author's entire body of work. His seventh novel, Broken Heart, is currently longlisted for the Crime Writers' Association Ian Fleming Steel Dagger 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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