EXCERPT: We met in a restaurant on the Thames called Boneacres. They were sitting in a booth at the back. Rain was running down the windows and both of them were staring out at a queue of people waiting in line for the Eye. The woman looked up first. Caroline Carver. She’d been crying. The whites of her eyes were stained red, and some of her makeup had run. She was slim and well dressed, in her mid-forties, but didn’t wear it well: there were lines in her face – thick and dark like oil paint – that looked as if they’d been carved with a scalpel, and though she smiled as I approached, it wasn’t warm. She’d been past warm. Most of the parents I dealt with were like that. The longer their kids were missing, the colder their lives became.
ABOUT THIS BOOK: Seventeen-year-old Megan Carver was an unlikely runaway. A straight – A student from a happy home, she studied hard and rarely got into trouble. Six months on, she’s never been found. Missing persons investigator David Raker knows what it’s like to grieve. He knows the shadowy world of the lost too. So, when he’s hired by Megan’s parents to find out what happened, he recognizes their pain – but knows that the darkest secrets can be buried deep. And Megan’s secrets could cost him his life. Because as Raker investigates her disappearance, he realizes everything is a lie. People close to her are dead. Others are too terrified to talk. And soon the conspiracy of silence leads Raker towards a forest on the edge of the city. A place with a horrifying history – which was once the hunting ground for a brutal, twisted serial killer. A place known as the Dead Tracks…
MY THOUGHTS: I was expecting great things from this book. I didn’t get them. That may be because I was expecting great things. These days I find that my best reads are the ones that sneak up on me quietly, with little fanfare.
Then again, this may be one of those books that is better read than listened to. Some are.
But whatever the reason, I found it increasingly difficult to maintain any constant level of interest. I struggled to finish, and once I had, felt relieved to have done so.
Overall, I thought it was all a bit OTT, and I failed totally to connect with the main character. I could not follow his thought processes, could not understand why he made the decisions he did.
THE AUTHOR: Tim Weaver is the bestselling author of the David Raker missing persons series. His fourth novel, Never Coming Back, was selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, and his work has been nominated for a National Book Award. A former journalist and magazine editor, he lives near Bath with his wife and daughter.
DISCLOSURE: I listened to the audiobook of The Dead Tracks written and narrated by Tim Weaver, also narrated by Joe Coen and Hannah Arterton, and published by Penguin Books, via Overdrive. All opinions expressed in this review are entirely my own personal opinions.
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