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Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver

Never Coming Back

Part of the David Raker Missing Persons Series
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Sarah Broadhurst's view...

One of our Books of the Year 2013.

A fantastic read which is truly unputdownable. There are many threads at the centre of which lies an old photograph. There are many dead bodies too (12)! Silenced witnesses, crooked police and a terrific protagonist. I loved every stolen moment of it despite it dripping in blood. Highly recommended.

September 2013 Book of the Month.

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In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion for Never Coming Back a small number of Lovereading members were lucky enough to be invited to review this title - 'A cracking fast paced story in the David Raker series. You will not want to put it down.' - Marion McCaffery. Scroll down to read more reviews.

Creating David Raker by Tim Weaver...

'I became very interested in the idea of writing a series when I fell in love with the work of Michael Connelly. His taut, brilliant Harry Bosch novels were a conduit to the world of American crime fiction, to classic characters like Philip Marlowe and Lew Archer, and to modern masters like James Ellroy. But while the genius of Chandler and MacDonald – and especially their creations – was obvious, what I loved in particular about Connelly’s books was the fact that Bosch’s world never stopped moving. It evolved. It grew. It lived.' Click here to read the full comment.

If you like Tim Weaver you might also like to read books by Robert Goddard, J. A. Kerley and Tess Gerritsen.

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Never Coming Back by Tim Weaver

Never Coming Back is the brilliant new missing persons case in the David Raker series by Tim Weaver. A secret that will change lives forever. It was supposed to be the start of a big night out. But when Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie's house, she finds the front door unlocked and no one inside. Dinner's cooking, the TV's on. Carrie, her husband and their two daughters are gone. When the police draw a blank, Emily asks missing persons investigator David Raker to find them. It's clear someone doesn't want the family found. But as he gets closer to the truth, Raker begins to uncover evidence of a sinister cover-up, spanning decades and costing countless lives. And worse, in trying to find Emily's missing family, he might just have made himself the next target...


We have asked a select number of members and browsers to review Never Coming Back. You can read their reviews below.

Lynda DeFreitas - 'An intriguing missing persons mystery in the David Raker series.' Click here to read the full review.

Victoria Sharman - 'I really enjoyed this book and anyone who likes Linwood Barclay will love Tom Weaver too...This book is a must read. Well done to Tom Weaver.' Click here to read the full review.

Beverley Davenport -
'A real page turner, often fast paced and at times I felt like I was watching a film and found my heart racing as the events unfolded...A true thriller that really is a thrill to read.' Click here to read the full review.

Nailah Afghan - 'Sometimes it is so fast and action packed that it gets your pulse racing. It really is a thriller, with lots of twists which keep you guessing. All together a very good read.' Click here to read the full review.

Clare Heanue - 'I could not put this book down. Brilliant story, fast paced and full of action. Definitely a hit.' Click here to read the full review.

Nicola Cooper -
'The plot is great, it's an intriguing premise and a mystery that I really wanted Raker to solve.' Click here to read the full review.

Marion McCaffery
- 'A cracking fast paced story in the David Raker series. You will not want to put it down.' Click here to read the full review.

Peter Land - 'Tim Weaver has established a position as an accomplished thriller writer and I eagerly anticipate the next installment.' Click here to read the full review.

Jayne Burton - 'Got me hooked from the start. Felt like I was watching a movie, everything was so easy to visualise, and very chilling.' Click here to read the full review.

Joy Bosworth - 'Different and interesting. A missing persons mystery but also a murder and crime thriller quite part from this. David Straker is a flawed, human, likeable hero.' Click here to read the full review.

Emily Wright
- 'The plot of Never Coming Back is compellingly intricate, with different locations and characters cleverly intertwined to create an engaging thriller.' Click here to read the full review.

Kath Thornton - 'What an exciting terrific thrilling page turning read this book is...This is a very descriptive well written book which has you hooked and intrigued from the first chapter to the final one.' Click here to read the full review.

Magda North
- 'well written with evocative settings. The abandoned sea village in particular is chilling. And it's full of twists.' Click here to read the full review.

Maggie Crane - 'It has twists and turns which in some way the reader is prepared for but also tends to shock as the reader tries to understand the psychology of those involved.' Click here to read the full review.

Les Warriner -
' I found it a very difficult book to put down. The action starts virtually straight away and continues at seemingly break-neck speed throughout. The plot twists and turns in all directions keeping the reader hooked.' Click here to read the full review.

Lynda DeFreitas
- 'A missing family - where have they gone? Why have they gone? Will they ever be found?...this is an intriguing tale that had me hooked from the start.' Click here to read the full review.

Jennifer Stewart
- 'This book was amazing! The fourth David Raker book is packed with tension, excitement and drama. I loved it!' Click here to read the full review.

Carol Peace
- 'I found it quite heavy going in parts but the overall book was very good.' Click here to read the full review.

Cherrill Deans
- 'Fast paced, tense, dramatic and riveting - I have vowed to read more from Tim Weaver.' Click here to read the full review.

Cyllene Griffiths
- 'A fascinating and intriguing thriller which grips the reader right from the start. The latest in the David Raker series, I guarantee the twists and turns, parallels and complexities will keep you hooked!' Click here to read the full review.

Judy Connolly
- 'A fast paced thriller of a story, I couldn't put it down.' Click here to read the full review.

Susan Walsh
- 'A Superb Book which will keep you guessing. This deserves to be amongst the top five best sellers of 2013; exciting and full of suspense.' Click here to read the full review.

Angela Hunt
- 'It is definitely one for the beach. And I'm sure, once you start; you won't be able to put it down. A cracking book.' Click here to read the full review.

Barbara Gaskell
- 'I loved part one with its dramatic end, but this drama did not carry on into the rest of the book.' Click here to read the full review.

Nikki Clark
- 'A tense thriller spanning the world and the decades; David Raker is determined to seek out the truth and find the family caught up in a very dangerous situation.' Click here to read the full review.

Cathy Burman
- 'I would liken this book to a ride on a rollercoaster. Be prepared to hold on to your hats and experience a scary journey full of thrills and spills, twists and turns and ending in exhilaration.' Click here to read the full review.

Julie Viliunas
- 'You know from the title they are never coming back so why read it? Curiosity and a chilling reminder that one snap decision can leave you in position no one wants to be in.' Click here to read the full review.

Sallyann Spittle
- 'I was a little unsure whether I would enjoy it as I hadn’t read the previous three. However, I was not disappointed...I enjoyed it so much that I have already bought the first in the series to read.' Click here to read the full review.


Acclaim for Tim Weaver:

'I couldn't put it down.' Sun

'Weaver's books get better each time - tense, complex, sometimes horrific, written with flair as well as care.' Guardian

'Weaver has delivered another cracking crime thriller.' Daily Mail

About the Author

Tim Weaver

Tim Weaver was born in 1977. At eighteen, he left school and started working in magazine journalism, and has since gone on to develop a successful career writing about films, TV, sport, games and technology. He is married with a young daughter, and lives near Bath.

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29th August 2013


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Penguin Books Ltd


544 pages


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