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The Dead Tracks (David Raker #2)

4.14  ·  Rating Details ·  874 Ratings  ·  79 Reviews
"The Dead Tracks" is the second in the David Raker series from Tim Weaver. A serial killer more terrifying than you could ever imagine...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 ...more
Paperback, 550 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Michael Joseph (first published 2011)
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Nov 06, 2015 Siobhan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Dead Tracks is the second book in the amazing David Raker series. This book is a quite important book if you’re looking to read the whole series as it introduces a number of characters who make reappearances throughout the series, giving you information to their backstory along with showing you how they came to interact with David. Whilst I would not say it is necessary to have read the prior books in this series – you can read them as standalone books if you want to – I really would ...more
Apr 13, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing
Huddled together in a corner of Bristol Library the other evening, sat a cluster of fifty enthusiastic book lovers. Not the biggest of audiences by any stretch of the imagination.

Perched on bar stalls, staring back was the top selling crime writer Michael Robotham. The support act for the evening (his words) was the Bath based author Tim Weaver – yep I’d not heard of him either.

I soon heard how Michael Robotham's psychological thrillers have been translated into twenty-two languages and publish
Cora ☕ Tea Party Princess
Another awesome read. Tim Weaver is one to watch when it comes to hard, gritty thrillers.

As much as I dislike reading violence, I can't put these books down. They're brutal and shocking and even as I clench my fists and curl my toes and tense every muscle as I read I can't stop turning the pages. My heart races as I read faster and faster and there's always a twist somewhere in there that shocks me more than anything.

You very slowly learn more about David Raker while you read these books. I'd de


Tim Weaver è un autore di thriller, ricchi di colpi di scena e suspense, il quale sin dal primo libro, TRACCE DI MORTE, ha provocato in me una sorta di dipendenza. Il merito va attribuito al personaggio, alla trama, all’intreccio, alle componenti del giallo, ecc. Avendolo letto nella traduzione italiana, forse un po’ del merito, per l’alto gradimento riscontrato, va attribuito anche al traduttore, che ha reso questo tsunami di emozioni e azione. È uno di quei romanzi che
Jul 17, 2012 Luca rated it it was amazing
The Dead Tracks is the follow up to Weaver's debut novel Chasing The Dead. Featuring David Raker, private detective and widow, The Dead Tracks is a superb sequel. Raker is an excellent creation, the right amount of pathos and humility throughout, he is fast becoming one of my favourite lead characters in crime fiction.

Again, similar to other novels I've reviewed recently, there are elements of the horror genre to be found within the story. The woods central to the story, are expertly written and
Simon Gosden
Apr 05, 2011 Simon Gosden rated it it was amazing
Oh My, Oh My! His first book, Chasing the Dead was good but this is stupendous. Really tough crime thriller featuring David Raker, a missing persons investigator. This time he's on the trail of a young girl who's gone missing but what a web he finds himself entangled in. It really is a page-turner, a nail biting what comes next thriller! Just can't wait for his next book!
Apr 03, 2016 Karen rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent series. Beware, this is crime at its most violent and horrible. It is on the level of the Chelsea Cain series featuring Gretchen Lowell and Archie Sheridan. The writing, setting, characters....all are superb. My opinion, anyone who likes this genre should put this author on their "to read" list!
Oct 22, 2016 Curlyhair rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime, 2016
Really enjoyed this. It's the 2nd in the series and in my opinion, better than the first. Still a dark story once you get into it, but not as dark as the first book, probably why I preferred it. Plenty of action and twists and turns to keep up the pace and the reader interested.
Andrew Hixson
Oct 26, 2016 Andrew Hixson rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant, kept me gripped until the very last page.
Oct 13, 2016 Morena rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime
Weaver at his best.
Kathleen E
Oct 12, 2016 Kathleen E rated it liked it
Grizzly. One and two have been too much for me.
Oct 12, 2016 Krista rated it liked it
Good enough.
Rob Cohen
Sep 28, 2016 Rob Cohen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This one was really creepy at times, a good entry into the series; similar to some other books I've read where the bad guy is kidnapping women and using them for experiments, but some good chills along the way.
Nov 23, 2013 Shaun rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle, 2013
This review contains will spoil book one for those yet to read...

Wow. I read the first David Raker book, Chasing the Dead, only a few days ago and upon finishing it immediately started this, book two. After finishing it I can safely say that out of nearly 170 books read in 2013, this is one of my favourites. Tim Weaver is a fantastic writer and one hell of a storyteller. Much like Simon Kernick, the books pick up the pace very quickly and do not let up until the final page. In fact I'd say that
Rishika S.
Sep 20, 2013 Rishika S. rated it really liked it
Tim Weaver is, to put it simply, an amazing author! The Dead Tracks is one of those books that you just don't want to put down and I'd give it a rating of 4.5 rather than 4 stars. The story moves fast, is written with beautiful clarity and leaves no loose ends hanging. The twists, turns and surprises keep coming and leave you guessing at the end of almost every chapter. The book goes from normal to creepy (in a thrilling way) without wasting time on niceties. You get into the story from the ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jun 27, 2013 Liz Barnsley rated it it was amazing
So, having loved “Chasing the Dead” the first in the David Raker series from Tim Weaver I started in on The Dead Tracks with a great sense of anticipation. I wasnt even anywhere near that place called disappointed. Weaver is actually an excellent surname for this particular author – he weaves an intricate and twisted tale that swallows you up until it finally spits you out satisfied and wanting more.

In this instalment, David is asked to track down a young girl called Megan..the police enquiry in
Sep 16, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing
Couldn't put it down!
Jul 08, 2013 Vickie rated it it was amazing
The Dead Tracks is Tim Weaver's second book of the David Raker missung person's investigator series and just like his debut, it doesn't disappoint.
Raker is once again enlisted by a family whose teenage daughter has gone missing. Using some unorthodox and sometimes illegal investigative techniques allows Raker to follow some seemingly random but ultimately connected leads to an unsolved case involving Milton Sykes who allegedly and notoriously murdered 13 girls a century before. It's remarkable
Oct 04, 2014 Elusive rated it liked it
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For a crime story, 'The Dead Tracks' was an easy read. The descriptions of what the victims endure are good enough to paint a picture of how much pain and suffering they've experienced while simultaneously not being too off-putting.

The book starts off slow-paced but it begins to pick up later on leading to a satisfying ending. The lead character David Raker is likeable as he's serious, dedicated and patient. Some of the police's actions were pretty dumb but that didn't detract from my enjoyment
Jan 10, 2016 Vanja rated it really liked it
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David Raker se prepustio istraživačkom poslu i ovoga puta traži nestalu tinejdžericu. I opet, put ga vodi u razne pogibeljne situacije, mnoge susrete s veoma nenaklonom policijom, ali se opisuje i poboljšanje u njegovom privatnom životu. Nenadano i usporedo prihvati zadatak istrage sumnjive smrti policajca, što se na kraju potpuno ispreplete s istragom nestale tinejdžerice. I opet Weaver uvodi neke zastrašujuće likove, ljude opsjednute stravičnim ubojstvima, š
Dec 30, 2015 Veronica rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: e-books
Ho iniziato questo libro intrigata dalla trama. Il motivo delle 3 stelline sta nell'aver portato avanti la lettura in modo frammentato e averla terminata a distanza di mesi dall'inizio (maledetti esami universitari!). Stando così le cose, ho perso un po' il ritmo (tragedia quando si legge un thriller!!!!) e non mi sono goduta pienamente i colpi di scena e l'atmosfera angosciante che pervade la storia. Diciamo che il personaggio di David è affascinante, è un detective a cui affiderei senza ombra ...more
Feb 26, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
Tim Weaver constantly surprises me as a story teller. After enjoying one of his books, I've been reading his back catalogue. I thought that I'd be used to his style and devices after a couple of books, and that I wouldn't find the twists so fresh and surprising. That hasn't happened at all yet. Some of my favourite thriller writers (Val McDermid, Chris Brookmeyer, Michael Connelly) have been jobbing journos. The ability to deliver tight prose with a desire to go into the complexity of a story, ...more
Apr 20, 2015 Netti rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Insgesamt ein spannender Thriller. Meine Minuspunkte... 1. Psychopathische Serienmörder finde ich nur mäßig interessant, vor allem, wenn die psychologischen Hintergründe so wenig nachvollziehbar dargestellt werden wir hier. 2. Das Hickhack zwischen Polizei und Privatermittler fühlte sich für mich zu klischeehaft an. 3. Es gab diese Momente, wo ich nur stöhnen konnte "...wie kann man sooo blöd sein???" Ich meine: wenn es mir schon gelingt, einen Psychopathen niederzuschlagen, dann fessele ich ihn ...more
Colleen Maclennan
Jun 22, 2015 Colleen Maclennan rated it liked it
Raker is a great investigator who is able to perceive people and situations better than the police and dumb ass Healy.I liked how Raker and Healy teamed up to solve the mystery of the disappearance of girls but Healy antics left me upset at times as did those of the police investigators. This book deals with loss on various level and how losses have a profound affect on lives. All the main characters deal with their losses differently making this book a decent read. The book was about 100 pages ...more
Sep 24, 2014 Diane rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While I would have loved to read these books in order, that didn't happen! I had to order his books from England because Never Coming Back is the only one printed in the US. It was so good, I had to get the rest. The Dead Tracks came in yesterday and while I wanted to wait for the others to read in order, once I opened this book, I read it straight through as well! A
seventeen year old, Megan Carver, appears to be a runaway. Six months later, her parents call David Raker to find her after the po
Sep 15, 2013 Christine rated it it was amazing
Absolutely brilliant. The second Raker was stunning and hard to put down, with a well paced exciting story.

A teenage girl disappears and David is asked to investigate what happened to her. The police inquiry seems to be going no where. Soon David is looking into her relationships, how this connects to a killer from a past and a plastic surgeon in the present. There is a serial killer at large.

David Raker is such a lovely heroic investigator. Yes there is the slight cliche of the widower, who ca
Jul 08, 2012 Stephanie rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime

I managed to miss the 1st of this series of books but the author didn't give to much away to stop me reading it later. I liked this very much, another book I found difficult to put down. A couple of reviews I have read said that it was difficult to warm to the lead character David Raker but I found him to be quite likeable. At times it was creepy and I definitely wouldn't go into the woods. Looking forward to reading more.
Beckie  Mullen
Dec 01, 2015 Beckie Mullen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favourites
Amazing, Best books I've read

The captivity of these stories pulls me in every time, I felt like I was part of the cast. The book has an amazing way of real feel. Every detail has so much thought put into it and so much emotion is portrayed. Definitely a favourite for me and I would recommend it to anyone who loves a good crime story. David Raker is one of my favourite fictional characters of all time.
Mar 12, 2015 Lesley rated it liked it
I liked this book much better than the first in this series. David Raker seems to be settling down a bit....not much though! Yes he is a bit of a superhero, but it's a story for goodness sake, it's not supposed to be real life.
This is a good story well told and a compulsive page turner and I am perfectly willing to suspend a bit of disbelief.
Looking forward to reading the next David Raker novel.
Sep 03, 2015 Ricky rated it liked it
The dead tracks is a book that keep you interested until the end, it has a good pace and keeps you guessing throughout. There are some really good set pieces and the main character is easy to empathize with being real and interesting. The plot was well thought out and had different strands to follow. After the book was finished I felt it didn’t impact on me as much as I thought it would. I really liked the small chapters.
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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. Find out more about Tim and his writing at
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