The Blackbird by Tim Weaver @TimWeaverBooks @MichaelJBooks @JenLovesReading #DavidRaker #TheBlackbird #TheClqrt #CrimeFiction #BookReview #TimWeaver #ReceommendedReading

Michael Joseph June 9th 2022

Book Description

Ten seconds before the crash, Cate and Aiden Gascoigne are recorded on CCTV. The couple are laughing – happy, untroubled.

Then their car plunges into a ninety-foot ravine.

The impact should kill them. And if that doesn’t, the fire will. Within seconds, the vehicle is an inferno – with the Gascoignes trapped inside.

But when fire crews arrive at the scene, they find something impossible.

The vehicle is empty.

Cate and Aiden have vanished.

Now only missing persons investigator David Raker can solve the mystery…

My Thoughts

Huge, massive thanks to Mubarak at PRH for the personalised and slip cased proof copy of this book. I was then delighted to be invited to promote this book as part of a blog tour organised by Jen Harlow.

Having finished this book, which I loved from cover to cover I am still struggling to understand how this is my first Tim Weaver book, how did I previously not know about this private detective known as David Raker?

Told predominantly in the first person voice of Raker he is hired to solve the mysterious and somewhat impossible disappearance of Cate and Aiden. Impeccable writing meant I was hooked from page one and then the plot… Oh my, I have know words!

The author has managed to create a strong plot, which was both intricate and authentic, with some shocking twists as the story progressed. What impressed me most about this was despite a number of characters and details, it was surprisingly easy to follow. That may be of course because I struggled to put the book down but at no point was I was needing to track back or try to recall a character or plot point.

Other than recommending this book I can’t say too much as we don’t do spoilers here! This is a tremendous piece of crime fiction, it is part of a series so I was aware of some aspects of the backstory that I was unfamiliar with, but this in no way impacted my reading experience. I will of course seek out the earlier books in this series though, because perhaps skilfully the author has left me wanting to know more! Short chapters and subsections enhanced my reading experience and I think honestly this is one of the best crime fiction books I have read this year.

Available now… what are you waiting for?

Thanks as always for reading and please do tell me in the comments, are you familiar with this series, have you read any David Raker books?

About the Author

Tim Weaver is the Sunday Times bestselling author of eleven thrillers, including No One Home and You Were Gone. He has been nominated for a National Book Award, twice selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, and shortlisted for the 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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