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Vanished: A David Raker Mystery Kindle Edition
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- Book 3 of 5 in A David Raker Mystery
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“Weaver’s books get better each time—tense, complex . . . written with flair as well as care.” —The Guardian (London)
“Impressive . . . A lacerating investigation that takes readers into the furthest reaches of obsession. A dark, complex, and visceral read.” —Financial Times --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
Michael Healy is an award-winning actor and audiobook narrator who trained at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts. He has appeared Off-Broadway and on national TV, most notably on Saturday Night Live for three years, and has also appeared in several national commercials. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B01BD1SSLC
- Publisher : Penguin Books (October 4, 2016)
- Publication date : October 4, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3480 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 350 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0143129635
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,244,667 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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The character, David Raker is so great. He is a former journalist that has changed careers, he finds missing persons. His choice is all caught up in the fact his wife died ( not a spoiler) and he devotes his life to finding missing people. What makes the books so good....
The reader follows Raker through his cases step by step, so the mysteries unfold for the reader in the same timeline as for David Raker. It is really interesting, different from a lot of mysteries where the reader seems to know more than the narrator. It is so interesting to follow the clues along with David. He is not a super hero, unlike in the US, where the private detectives always have guns. In England, this private detective has to depend on his wits to get out of situations, even it it means figuring out how to run away. Seems more realistic. Anyway, I am hooked on this series, I wish it was more available in the US. If you have to end up reading them out of order, I think they would still be great books. The mysteries are that good. The reader never knows where things are going. I, however, found it worth while tracking the books down , even from Amazon UK. I have read them all now, cannot wait until the next book coming out in 2018.
Top reviews from other countries
Out of options and desperate for answers, Sam's wife Julia hires David Raker to track him down. Raker has made a career out of finding the lost. He knows how they think. And in missing person cases, the only certainty is that everyone has something to hide.
But in this case the secrets go deeper than anyone imagined.
For, as Raker starts to suspect that even the police are lying to him, someone is watching. Someone who knows what happened on the Tube that day. And with Raker in his sights, he'll do anything to keep Sam's secrets to himself.
The second storyline is the police are investigating the disappearance of young men. All the men live alone and have few friends or family members. All the men have disappeared without a trace except for their hair, which has been shaved off and left on their pillows.
I really enjoy the David Raker books, always different and the story always seems to make you want to read "just one one chapter" before going to sleep. From the very start, when Raker decides to investigate this strange disappearance, nothing is as it seems. Sam Wren has a lot of secrets, some buried very deep and for a long time, which inevitably leads to more questions than answers.
The ending was great and has been left on a cliff hanger and I can't wait to read the next installment (Never Coming Back) very soon.
I loved the first 2 Raker books, recommended them to friends etc.....then read this one. I had to finish it - needed to know what happened to Sam who apparently didn't get off the train. It seemed a bit like I was the only one who did care in the end - a brief reference, in the last chapter,to his wife wondering how she would see things differently now, and that was it. There was a parallel plot about young gay men being abducted, which ended up making sense, but what the traffickers had to with anything, apart from providing gratuitous sex and violence is beyond me. Raker is beginning to get on my nerves - is the man superhuman?? Apparently he is cleverer, harder, more professional, has more stamina, more intuitive etc etc etc than anyone in the police force, actually than anyone anywhere. I don't think I'll be reading any more in this series.
Some of David's escapades in the past have left me wondering how on earth he gets out of such scrapes, let alone how he keeps getting into them in the first place. With this one, I didn't find it was so unbelievable, though. I enjoyed the parts featuring the London Underground. I've heard about ghost stations before and it has to be pretty fascinating down there. He mentions, however, that Westminster was the deepest one but I thought that accolade went to London Bridge ??
The story was full of twists 'n' turns and I made guesses in notations the whole way through, all wrong as per usual !! This is why I read and leave others to the writing part !! I couldn't even picture homes where the steps led down to the front doors, however much I tried (that aren't basements). I did wonder about Julia's reason for hiring Raker, as he did....she was an odd bird. I hope Raker will be working with Healy in the next stories as well. He has the most filthy temper but I can't help but like him. I liked his boss lady as well.
The portion where Jonathan invites a friend round was really cleverly done in being so sinister. I also liked his description of a tear falling and of a heart beating fast. I underlined both.
And yes, he persists in sticking to spelling the American way. There were odd mistakes....Mc Gregor not needing a space (and yes, despite myself, I muttered 'Mind the Gap'), a couple of sentences lost words, such as "Werr said, smile on his face" and "...I wouldn't have change lines on the journey home" Then he wrote born and not borne a couple of times and I'd have capitalised Magic Circle. Nothing truly appalling, though.
I'm looking forward to the next one for sure.