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The Dead Tracks

(David Raker #2)

4.19  ·  Rating details ·  2,375 ratings  ·  182 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 it ...more
Paperback, 550 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Michael Joseph
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Aug 03, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd book in the David Raker series by author Tim Weaver. Normally I read series in order but with this one for some reason I have had a scatter gun approach. Generally this hasn't been a problem but I would recommend reading this book before the 3rd in the series 'Vanished'.
Lead character David Raker specialises in finding missing people and in this book is asked to track down Megan, a young girl who has gone missing and police enquiries appear to have hit a brick wall. David is appr
Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
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 - t ...more
Oct 11, 2014 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 recomme ...more
Liz Barnsley
Jun 23, 2013 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
Cora Tea Party Princess
Oct 01, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 20, 2015 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! ...more
Jan 27, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thriller
In the thrilling, spine-tingling second book in the David Raker series “The Dead Tracks” the journalist turned missing persons investigator has been hired by the Carvers to find their seventeen-year-old daughter Megan a first-rate student from a happy home who’s been missing for six months. Racing against time, uncertain that she’s still alive David begins to unravel her secrets as he unearths the police’s cover-up of more missing girls that leads him to an executed serial killer and a haunted a ...more
Melanie Lewis
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible-books
Oh how I love David Raker! He's so smooth, got the answer to everything, he's like James Bond, only better! You may be able to tell that Tim weaver's brilliant character feels very real to me. I absolutely adore him and if I were 20 years younger, (and about 14 stones lighter), I know he'd love me too! As is my unintentional custom, I have listened to these in entirely the wrong order. This in no way detracts from the sheer pleasure of the story; another intricately woven plot that is so clever ...more
Nov 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A dark and creepy story, as missing persons investigator David Raker returns to find a missing seventeen year old. And as his investigation deepens he finds a bizarre link to a Victorian serial killer...

Very gruesome, very eerie and very brilliant!
Book Addict Shaun
Nov 16, 2013 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
Mar 24, 2013 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
May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Book 2 in the David Raker series and I'm now very glad that I decided to read them from the beginning and in order because, as much as each book has a mystery that is self sustained, more elements of Raker's life and also past events are explored.

Once again the story was well crafted and paced superbly. Snippets of information is revealed steadily and I had fun trying to work things out before it was revealed to me. While I didn't see some twists coming there was one thing that instantly set wa
Mark Doherty
Aug 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I wasn't a huge fan of the first one in the series Chasing The Dead. However I was gripped by this from the start. I loved the pacing of this book. He writes a lot like Harlan Coben who is my favourite crime author. There is a huge improvement in Weaver's writing from the first novel to The Dead Tracks. The only downside is it was a little bit long. Raker himself is such an interesting character. A very good detective but also a very complex man. Raker knows the pain of loss after losing his wif ...more
Chanel Lindsay
Dec 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Oohh.. what a read!
This read hooked me in right from the very start. I felt like I could finally breathe once I saw the author's notes...
There are so many authors that try to overrun the plot with so many subplots and elements to the story, and a lot of time, it fails, instead making the reader overwhelmed and confused. Tim Weaver, however, delivered a perfectly balanced, excellent-written story that had plenty of complex story arcs that aided to my excitement of the story, brilliant character
Aug 01, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fun, fast, and hard to put down - this second book in Weaver's "David Raker" series is a good mystery/crime/thriller that doesn't stop spinning after the first page. Raker has more lives than a cat, always getting into tight corners, getting all the answers he needs, and finding another missing person. ...more
Melanie O'Neill
Dec 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
I Think I’ve found another fantastic author similar to Mo Hayder. This is the first book I’ve read in this series but I’m excited to know that there’s lots of other books that Tim Weaver has written for me to devour! A solid 4 1/2 stars for me. I loved it and would recommend.
Fredrick Danysh
Mar 01, 2019 rated it liked it
David Raker is a former journalist who became a missing persons investigator. He is hired to search for a seventeen year old missing girl. His search will lead him into forbidding territory and conflict with the police. A serial kidnapper is on the loose spreading his own terrible brand of horror.
May 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This book was scary. I should have expected it after his first David Raker novel. I really like the David Raker character and shall have to get #3. Tense and gripping. I shall have to choose something light-hearted to read next to give my heart rate time to calm down.
Karen Jarvis
Jul 05, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Probably really a 4.5.
Jul 17, 2012 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
Sep 09, 2013 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
Simon Gosden
Mar 31, 2011 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! ...more
Apr 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
Phew!! Well, I often say it but this really is a right ol' heart-pounder- fantastic, loved every bit of it :o)

The style reminded me of Stephen Leather's Jack Nightingale series, simple language no-nonsense tale-telling & a gripping story with very gruesome the cover says "Fans of Mo Hayder will be in seventh hell"!

Lynda Kelly
Dec 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was another great story in this series but unlike the first one, this one has a lot more errors so cost him the 5* review. He still persists in using American spellings the whole way through as well. Apart from the word arse. He spelt that correctly.
I hope Megan's parents paid David well for the job of trying to locate her as she was no simple find !! He really went through it again. It's time he had an easier case, I reckon ! It's also time he learnt some manners. There's nary a please or
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was such a surprise. I had not read anything by Mr. Weaver before and took a chance. I have to admit, it was everything and more. The author certainly knows how to weave a tale that is BEYOND CREEPY. The plot was great and even when you think you probably don't. The characters....oh my! First of all, we should all know a David Raker. I really like his main character. He's "that guy." The man who is good without being goody-goody. A gentleman, but a man who knows right from ...more
Aug 19, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had read the first book 'Waking the Dead' and I wasn't too bothered about reading any other books in the series, however I already had The Dead Tracks which is the second in the series and gave it a go. I felt this book was better than the first, it could've been the writing or it may've just been the content which I found held my interest. David Raker the private investigator is asked to mind Megan who went missing more than six months ago by her parents because the police seem to be slowing ...more
Mar 17, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2019-reads
“The Dead Tracks” (TDT) is the second novel by Tim Weaver featuring missing persons investigator David Raker.

A missing girl, a Russian mob boss, a mysterious Doctor, a murdered police detective, and a century old serial killer are the key ingredients of this skilfully woven tale. The scene of investigating the disappearance of 17yo Megan Carver is set early but the plot thickens quickly as each new element adds layers to the case.

TDT, takes place approximately ten months after the events of the
Apr 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
That was another cool story. I love how well hidden the antagonist was as I was even fooled to believe who it was. My money was exactly on Phillips as for some reason I don’t really like the guy. Then in the end, I noticed how I could have guessed who Dr. Glass was though the ones that are in plain sight are the most dangerous men really. The ones with a real dark side who portray themselves as saviours.

I quite like the pace of this story and I really learnt a thing or two of how to keep you on
Feb 10, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook
3.5 stars

The second in the series of David Raker. David, once a journalist, now getting hired to find lost people, becomes involved in a police case when he is asked to find a missing girl.

The police are not happy to have David rooting around in their business, especially when it may impact on an Organized Crime case.

Horrific serial killer takes young women and does unspeakable experiments on them, all for his own twisted reasons. The police are obstructive but despite them, David manages to com
Linda Lpp
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. David Raker is back to his intense investigations. The pace of the book was especially fast moving towards the last third of the book. The narrator's voice was so even-soothing-and equally successfull in adding to the suspense. What happened to the missing girl? Who does one believe? How can private investigator Raker dig behind the scenes and discover clues the police have not picked up on? Will the police appreciate his involvement, or will they see it as interference with their active ca ...more
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Tim Weaver is the bestselling author of the David Raker missing persons series. His novels have twice been 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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