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Never Coming Back

(David Raker #4)

3.95  ·  Rating details ·  2,954 ratings  ·  431 reviews
To je trebao biti početak veselog večernjeg izlaska. No kad je Emily Kane stigla u kuću svoje sestre Carrie, našla je otključana ulazna vrata i nikoga unutra.
Večera se kuha, televizor je uključen.Carrie, njezin muž i njihove dvije kćeri jednostavno su nestali. Kad je policija došla pred zid, Emily se okreće istražitelju Davidu Rakeru.
On je stvorio karijeru na pronalaženj
Paperback, 532 pages
Published August 29th 2013 by Penguin Books, Limited (UK)
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Angela The ending of Vanished is designed to give you the impression Raker has died, but as you get into Never Coming Back it becomes apparent that although…moreThe ending of Vanished is designed to give you the impression Raker has died, but as you get into Never Coming Back it becomes apparent that although he had been close to death, Raker did in fact survive.
In answer to your second question; yes, they do follow on from Vanished. The ending of Vanished was a clever tactic that Tim Weaver chose to throw his readers off course (temporarily). Genius!(less)

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Cora Tea Party Princess
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing

Even the cover of this book is moody and atmospheric. In fact, it really sets the tone for this dark thriller.

This is a series that I'd say you kind of have to read in order. I've read the first David Raker and then jumped to the fourth and I've definitely missed out on a killer story in between. And since the bookshop just doesn't seem to stock the second and third books I've gone and ordered them.

That being said, you can read these books out of order - the important details of previous eve
For a thriller, this novel is short on thrills, I must say. Its pacing is too slow for the genre, leaving the reader bored through exposition passages that do little to enhance the story.
The main character is a generic investigator. It would have been easy to swap him with any other detective from any other mystery novel, which is not something that should happen. He didn’t seem particularly interesting in any way and neither did the characters surrounding him, except perhaps Cornell, the antago
Jo Barton
Aug 27, 2013 rated it liked it
The précis of this novel about a retired Police Detective investigating a missing family for a female friend set out an interesting story to come, but between jumping from past to present and first person to third person, it proved difficult to settle into a smooth read, requiring too much adjustment of reading style and not inconsiderable thought process to weave the progress of the story into a coherent path.
Over-elaborate descriptions of simple tasks, flowery language and too much information
Nick Davies
Jun 18, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2017
Remind me not to read any more of this series - it's not for me. The previous two books I had read by the same author, also featuring David Raker, had decent plots but an execution which occasionally crossed over into the unbelievable. This was a step too far in that direction.

Despite much of the writing being pretty decent, a good pace with the set-up of the story, the Devon and Las Vegas settings well-rendered, it all just fell apart for me with respect to how utterly unbelievable the action t
Sarah Farmer-wright
Aug 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first Tim Weaver book that I have read but not my first thriller – however, this is poles apart from any other thriller that I’ve ever read – this book is in the top tier of a whole league of its own - this, people, is a THRILLER!!! It should come with an advisory notice on the front cover warning potential readers of the effects on their daily routines if they open this book – of the unanswered telephone calls, the unnoticed text messages, the unwashed dishes, families being left to ...more
Lynn Brown
Aug 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is one of several novels featuring the character David Raker, which I didn’t realise before I read the book, and you know what? it doesn’t make one bit of difference, the book is a complete stand alone read.
I’ve read a lot of crime novels and thought I had this sussed out from the beginning, but I was wrong. It has a great and unusual plot line, with so many twists and turns that I actually found myself gasping out loud, always a good sign! The timeline jumps back and forth over a few years
May 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A good police-detective about a family that suddenly en totally dissappears. Raker wants to find them and is so confronted with the necessary amount of violence and shooting. But the searching aspect is prevalent. A good book with enough suspension and twists to make it interesting.
Jan 31, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The first half is very slow while the second half is a runaway train. I believe it would help if you read the first 3 books before hand. I was confused with a few of the characters and their shared history together. However, it all came together nicely at the end.
Sep 09, 2013 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read. I’m a great fan of the mystery / thriller genre, but have never come across Tim Weaver before. A big thank you to real Readers. This is his fourth book, each featuring David Raker, a journalist who specialises in finding people who have disappeared. This time he is looking for a family of four at the behest of the girl friend of his teens. The family left their house the year before leaving a Marie Celeste situation behind them and the police have drawn a blank. What David ...more
Oct 11, 2014 rated it really liked it
Never Coming Back is the fourth David Raker novel, but many seem to have read this as a standalone. It is perfectly fine to do such a thing, however I would recommend reading the past books as this book follows on from a case which had an important impact upon David and his lifestyle choices. Moreover, if you do read the past books when you get to this one you will give a little cheer to know that things are going to continue to progress despite past events. Of course, to say much more would be ...more
Jun 30, 2014 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks, mysteries
The only reason this book gets two stars instead of one is that it did manage to hold my interest enough to finish it. Though that was largely in hopes that it would redeem itself, since I'd read some glowing reviews (it didn't).

My dislike of this book may be more the publisher's fault than the author's. This is #4 in the series but the first published in the US. Maybe if I'd started with #1 I would have been drawn in and cared about the main characters at the start of this book. Maybe if I'd kn
Linda Lpp
Feb 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I've read a Tim Weaver book, with this being #4 in a series. At one point I felt I did miss out on events that took place in previous books, but enough was mentioned that filled in some of the gaps. I did find it a challenge with frequent jumps back in time to x # of months prior to the initial event, that kicked off the story.
But about half way through the book, the paced picked up as the complex relationships and alliances and corruptions began infiltrating the action ar
Aug 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
Having left London after a near-fatal stabbing, private investigator David Raker is recuperating at his dad’s old cottage, located in a costal town in Devon, when he is asked by a former girlfriend to investigate the disappearance of her sister Carrie, Carrie’s husband Paul and their two daughters. The whole family vanished without a trace, leaving their house as if they were about to return at any moment. With the police being no help, having given up their own investigation after the case kept ...more
Sarah Smith
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I had never read a Tim Weaver book before and after reading this I will certainly be reading more of them. This is so well written, the plot is very complicated with lots of twists at the end but it stays credibility all the way through and although violent at times I never felt it was just for the sake of it.

The story is about the disappearance of a family and takes you from Devon to Las Vegas. Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie's house to find the front door unlocked, and no one home. Di
Carol Peace
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
I was given this book by Lovereading to review an arc
this is an honest review.
I found it quite heavy going in parts but the overall book was very good.
Emily Kane's family disappeared from their house, when Emily arrives is just looked like they had just stepped out. The dinner was cooking but her sister and her husband and two little girls were not there.The police had no clues so she turned to an old friend David Raker who is a missing persons expert. The plot is c
Aug 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Tim Weaver is a new author to me however when this latest book (no. 4) in the David Raker series came through the door, I was intrigued. The storyline is one that immediately grabs your attention – a whole family suddenly disappears from their home and apparently no-one knows where they are – the dinner is left cooking on the stove, wallets and phones are left behind and the dog is left wandering around the house.

The advance reading copy is a whopper of a book – it’s over 500 pages but it doesn
Liz Barnsley
Aug 14, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Thank you kindly to the author, publisher and Netgalley.

Well, I have been waiting for this one – Tim Weaver’s series about Missing Persons Investigator David Raker is one of the best series out there at the moment – and considering the plethora of great crime fiction currently available that is saying something. But its nothing less than the truth.

In this instalment, David is recovering from his previous case and is living a quiet life in rural Devon. When an old friend of his asks him to invest
Gill Chedgey
Aug 23, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Never Coming Back – Tim Weaver

I must confess that when I started this latest Real Readers offering I started to get quite frustrated. There were too many time frame changes, too many different sets of characters and locations, the changes from first to third person, the change to italics, (was that because it was more important?) - I was ready to damn the book critically!!
Boy, how wrong could I be? Once I got used to that style I couldn’t put the book down.
David Raker is unfamiliar to me as a c
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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I've had this book on my book shelf for quite some time and was kind of bullied encouraged to read it by daughter as she bought it for me.  This is the second of the David Raker series that I've read, having read Fall From Grace which is book five in the series with this one being book four - ooops a little out of order.
This book reminded me of Linwood Barclay's No Time for Goodbye, another novel in which a family just disappear witho
Ruth Booth
This is the first book in this series that I have read so I was a little confused about the relationship between the main characters - in fact, for a while, I wasn't sure who the main character was
However when the author had stopped having to try and get new readers, up to speed on the back story the plot moved along quite rapidly. And I read nearly half of the book in two nights (could be due to a bout of insomnia I had, but all the same, the book was great company and I quite enjoyed waking up
Rachel Sargeant
I gave the third David Raker novel a two star rating and didn't expect to read another book by Tim Weaver, not because it wasn't well written -it was - and not because it wasn't exciting - it was - but because I found it too violent for my taste. However, I was given Never Coming Back as a Christmas present so was prepared to give it a go. At first I didn't realise it followed on from Vanished (David Raker 3) because I skim-read the first chapter set in Las Vegas without enthusiasm. In fact my i ...more
Maxine Wetherall
Sep 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Never Coming Back – Tim Weaver

I had received a review copy of this book through real readers. Having never heard of the author or the detective Raker, I was keen to read this book as the summary sounded intriguing.

The book follows the story of David Raker as he tries to locate the missing family of an old friend, when he is staying at his family’s cottage in cornwall.

Having not read any of the previous books, it was easy to pick up on the detective’s history and to ascertain why he was in Cornw
Aug 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I am totally and completely hooked on these books. I can't put them down. I am just about to start the 5th in the series and I know there's only 6 at the moment so I'm trying to slow down but it's difficult.

David Raker is just the most brilliant character. I really love him and his work ethic and morals.

David is on the case of a missing family, Paul, Carrie, Annabelle and Olivia Ling who just disappeared from their home with food cooking on the stove and the family dog having just need fed and
May 21, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This started out like honey dripping out of a hive sweet and slow but you know underneath somewhere there's a danger lurking. There are two things this book tells you 1)Be very careful of looking a gift horse in the mouth there might be great consequences of the gift you might not want to bear. And 2)Keep your friends close but keep your enemy's closer because they might be one and the same. This was a very gripping read I wanted to finish it in one sitting gobbling it up but my body said otherw ...more
Tricia Douglas
I think I've found a new mystery/suspense/thriller author that I'm going to LOVE! He's British, I know, but that's okay! Tim's writing is superb and his characters, especially David Raker, are amazing! The story takes places along the coast of England in a small village and Las Vegas! A family has disappeared and Raker has "volunteered" to help find them. His hunt involves dealing with a bunch of wealthy, "shadowy" characters and a mysterious photograph. There are surprises almost every time you ...more
Mar 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tim Weaver, where have your books been hiding?

I know it's number 4 and I should of started at number one but I came across this book in a mixed box of crime fiction I bought, decide to give it ago before buying the others. And it dose disappoint!

This book is centred on the Ling family who just disappeared in the middle of the dinner/ tea/ Evening meal/ whatever you call it in your part of the world. and journalist now private investigate for missing people David Raker. Who has been hired by his
Mar 06, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had never read anything by this author before so really didn't know what to expect. I understand it was his debut novel here in the states so I missed the first three but no matter. I liked his character of David Raker but why does every main character have to have unsolved hangups? There's quite a lot of violence in this book and David has to prove his ability. As a result he suffers injuries that would send most of us for extended stays to the hospital if not the morgue...but in his case bar ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Jul 23, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tim Weaver is a best selling author in the UK, but Never Coming Back is his first release in North America.

Never Coming Back is actually the fourth book in Weaver's David Raker series. Raker, a former journalist, is now a missing persons investigator - indeed, he is driven by the need to 'find the lost.'

While visiting family in Devon, Raker is approached by an old girlfriend. She's heard about Raker's talents and wants to hire him as her sister and family have gone missing. More than missing -
Aug 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thrillers
Tim Weaver’s Never Coming Back finally brings him to the attention of all thriller readers. This book was tense in places, complex, a little horrific at times but with a couple of surprising twists at the end. It is so well written that as you read through the pages the tension builds inside you so that you get anxious for the safety of the hero of the novel David Raker.

This is the fourth book in the David Raker series and it opens with him when he is a mere journalist and it on assignment in Lo
Hannah Rose
Feb 12, 2014 rated it it was ok
I'm a big fan of this genre and usually even mildly enjoy the lower end crime and mystery books, but unfortunately I found this a real chore to read. I would've given it 1* but, although many of the endless twists at the end were predictable (I even had an inkling in to the main twist early on, something that would seemingly be unguessable, but just felt it heading a certain way), there were a few I didn't see coming, bulking it up in to the 2* range.

The constant time/setting shifting made this
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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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David Raker (10 books)
  • Chasing the Dead (David Raker, #1)
  • The Dead Tracks (David Raker, #2)
  • Vanished (David Raker, #3)
  • Fall From Grace (David Raker #5)
  • What Remains  (David Raker, #6)
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“He shrugged. 'I know you're the type'
'The type that doesn't let things go”
“In her weakest moments she probably saw her sister’s family dead in a ditch somewhere, inside a car that had never been found. Victims of an accident. Victims of fate, destiny, or whatever she believed in. But I didn’t see any of that. I saw devils and executioners, men who felt nothing for the people they took, and even less for the families left behind. And the thing that frightened me the most was that I didn’t even have to try hard to remember them. I just had to close my eyes.” 0 likes
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