Publication Order of Raker Books
|Chasing the Dead||(2010)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|The Dead Tracks||(2011)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Vanished||(2012)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Never Coming Back||(2013)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Fall from Grace||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|What Remains||(2014)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
|Broken Heart||(2016)||Hardcover Paperback Kindle|
Publication Order of Collections
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Tim Weaver is an English novelist born in 1977 in Bath, England. He is a former student of Norton Hill School. He later became a journalist, a career in which he grew rapidly. He was a celebrated video games journalist and magazine editor before he switched to novel authoring and the father of one daughter has written several crime thriller novels which have been read far and wide. He lives with his family near Bath, England.
One of the most notable works by Tim Weaver is the David Raker missing persons series. This is one of the few series which can be read in any order without losing track of the developing story. There is an aspect of looking for somebody who has vanished in each story. In Chasing The Dead for example, the search for Alex is on. In The Dead Tracks, David Raker is looking for Megan, a serial killer. In Vanished, a man disappears while on a London underground train while in the Fall from Grace, a missing former metropolitan police officer is being looked for.
Indeed, this series is inspired by the idea of missing persons. Tim Weaver was interested in telling a story of a person going missing at a time when there are CCTV cameras almost everywhere that are on around the clock. There is also a lot of information that disappears with a disappearing person.
With the growing popularity of Tim’s novels and given that he now writes full time, he is poised for great success. A case in point, Fall from Grace was the second biggest selling book in England the week in which it was released and Tim’s works has been nominated for a National Book Award and for the Crime Writer’s Association Dagger.
Some of Tim Weaver’s novels include:
Chasing the dead
As the name suggests, this novel is centered on the enigmatic reappearance of Alex Towne, who is believed to have passed on in a car crash. Alex had gone missing six years before this story is told, and five years later his corpse is found in a car wreck. Alex’s mother, however, claims to have seen her son alive, calling for investigations into his disappearance.
The complex character throughout the series, David Raker, is charged with the responsibility of investigating the case. Just like Tim, David Raker is a former journalist. We learn that he left his job to nurse his ailing wife, who finally dies. David is reluctant to take the task of investigating Alex Towne’s disappearance, but remembering the loss of his own, he finally agrees, and this signifies the beginning of trouble for him.
As he continues with the investigations, he realizes that there was more to Alex’s life than met the eye. Indeed, Alex was not the innocent person that his mother knew, as his life was full of sinister events whose secrecy was guarded by men who would do anything to ensure that the secrets were not disclosed, including killing anyone who insisted on knowing them. David is later to learn that death is not the worst thing that can happen to a person.
In summary, the sinuous plot takes us through toe-curling and fist clenching violence scenes and we feel David Raker go through the normal vicissitudes of life as he grows. The mystery and suspense in the entire novel is awesome.
The Dead Tracks
The Dead Tracks is another novel by Tim Weaver that is another novel by Tim Weaver that features scenes that darkness and devilry just like Chasing The Dead. The story explains the search for a terrifying serial killer, Seventeen-year-old Megan Carver. Missing persons investigator David Raker is still the investigator here, and he knows pretty well how it feels to grieve, and so when he is hired by Megan’s parents, he gets straight down to work.
As investigations get underway, the plot of the story thickens, curls and intrigues. Just like in Chasing The Dead, Megan’s secrets are not to be disclosed, and they can actually cost Raker’s life. Raker finds out that there is no substance in the allegations made about Megan’s disappearance- everything was cooked. People close to Megan are dead, and the few who are left are too terrified to say anything. Raker does not know who to believe.
Nonetheless, investigations continue. Raker now heads towards a forested area in the city outskirts, an area called the Dead Tracks. This is an area with terrifying past- being the hunting ground for a serial killer.
The best of David Raker missing persons series
We all have different reasons for loving novels. That is why your best novel is not someone else’s best. However, Tim Weaver’s Never Coming Back seems to be loved by many people, if its selection for the Richard and Judy Book club is anything to go by. This book was also shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards under the Crime & Thriller of the Year list. As if that is not enough, iTunes also mentioned the book in a special way, including it in the Best of 2013 list.
Unlike most of Tim Weaver’s stories, Never Coming Back is set in Devon, Las Vegas. In this story, Emily Kane arrives at Carrie’s house only to find that Carrier and his two daughters have disappeared, although the front door is unlocked and dinner is on the table. David Raker is Emily’s former boyfriend, and she requests him to track her sister’s family down. Just like in other stories in this series, as the investigations continue, Raker finds out many shocking truths of sinister events. The story moves fast, and the reader is guessing every other minute.
Indeed, the popularity of David Raker missing persons series has already earned Tim Weaver a place in the top novel authorship scene. We are yet to see any of his works on the big screen but that is something that is sure to come, given the increasing readership of his novels. David Raker thrillers have a lot in common with most of Linwood Barclay’s and Michael Connelly’s works, Michael Marshall Smith’s “The Straw Men” and Mo Hayder’s “Gone”. Fans of these works will thus find the David Raker series irresistibleBook Series In Order » Authors » Tim Weaver