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You Were Gone

(David Raker #9)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  870 ratings  ·  189 reviews
Three days after Christmas, a woman walks into a police station. She has no phone and no ID, just a piece of paper with the name of investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband.


When he turns up at the station, Raker is stunned. The woman looks exactly like his wife. She knows all about their marriage, their history, ev
Hardcover, 496 pages
Published May 17th 2018 by Michael Joseph
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Ashleigh Absolutely - you don't need to have read previous books in the David Raker series :) they are stand alone stories.
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Apr 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Tim Weaver's David Raker series should get a badge saying 'Guaranteed Good Time'. As an investigator of missing people, he gets himself involved in the kinds of bizarre situations and investigations that police officials just can't deal with. However, the problem this time isn't the missing, it's the returned- his wife, dead the last 8 years, is back and demanding to see him.

Thankfully, she's not a zombie. But someone here is crazy and even though we've been with Raker for 8 books now, you stil
Bex (Beckie Bookworm)

5 Stars
Arc Book Review
Release Date-17/5/18

I really loved You Were Gone (David Raker #9) like so much more than I was originally expecting, but had absolutely no bloody idea it was part of an ongoing series; no matter this can totally be read as a standalone no issues whatsoever.
So this was a mind-Eff of epic proportions and I couldn't put it down such an engrossing read this was.
This had me second guessing along with Raker everything I thought I knew to be true.
Could it be true? was David losing
Liz Barnsley
Mar 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Oh this book.

I love the Raker series – I tell anyone that listens that it is the best crime series out there that doesn’t involve Charlie Parker, how great it is to have a very different and highly engaging main protagonist and how each book gets better than the last with the twistiest plots, the most emotionally traumatic rollercoaster moments and well just really really good. Every time I read them so fast I can’t even think about anything else until I’m done because that’s how they get you. T
Tasha and Megan Mahoney
I chose to read this book without knowing it was #9 in the series about investigator David Raker. I can happily report that it worked fine as a standalone, however I now want to buy and binge read the first 8 books in this series while eagerly anticipating the 10th!

This book had me completely engrossed from the first chapter and that only increased with every page that I turned. I couldn’t wait to unravel this intricate, exciting heartbreaking, hugely suspense filled mystery but at the same time
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don’t like starting book series midway through.
So I was quite surprised to find that this was the ninth in a series when logging it as reading on goodreads, as their was no indication that this was the case on the cover.
(I guess I’m answering my own question, as I wouldn’t have brought this title with an intriguing premise if I had known otherwise...)

I’m not sure how much of the previous eight novels and subsequent story arc’s I’d spoiled, but after the initial confusion I soon slipped into t
Ova - Excuse My Reading
I felt a little bit lost in start, unsure if it's because I didn't read the other books or because the subject was quite foggy itself. But this was still a good read.

David Raker's wife is dead, and has been dead for 8 years. But one day a woman walks into a police station claiming she's his wife and she is not dead! She claims David is ill and has black-outs. David thinks she is a liar. But she resembles his dead wife so much...

So it turns into a tense WHO IS LYING game and although I skim-read
Dale Harcombe
Oct 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
After her battle with cancer David Raker buried his wife, Derryn, eight years earlier. But then a woman turns up at a police station with no identification, just a piece of paper with David Raker’s name on it. What’s more, she claims to be David’s wife. She looks like Derryn, and knows things only Derryn and David would know. What is going on? Who is the mystery woman? David cannot believe she is Derryn. Derryn, the love of his life, is dead. Isn’t she? The police are suspicious of David, more s ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There are some crime authors who give their protagonists a little bit of background horror. A spot of childhood trauma. A psychotic sibling. An inability to connect to others. A paper cut or two. They suffer. Tim Weaver takes it all to a whole new level. He doesn’t just make David Raker suffer. He turns him inside out, upside down and psychologically smacks him in the mouth. Pure agony. Well done, Mr Weaver.

You Were Gone marks the ninth instalment, in this intelligent psychological missing perso
May 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is the 9th book in the David Raker series by author Tim Weaver.
I was only recently introduced to the Tim Weaver books and have found them great reading, in fact before finishing this one I had already placed an order for 2 more books to fill in a few of my gaps in the series.
This is another excellent addition to the series and had me wondering do I really know the lead character David Raker. A woman walks into a police station with no identification and only a piece of paper with the name o
Apr 30, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Briefly - Extremely powerful - I would probably argue that this is the best David Raker book so far.

In full
You Were Gone starts with a great opening. David Raker's wife - dead for 8 years - apparently arrives at a London police station. She insist the police get hold of David Raker. I've read all of Tim Weaver's series of book on David Raker and I would advise anyone starting reading them to start with a much earlier book. However those who are fans will know just how affected by Derryn's death
Book Addict Shaun
Jul 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. What an absolutely twisted read. You Were Gone is the ninth David Raker story and sometimes an author can begin to waver a little when they have written about the same character for so long. Tim Weaver is not one of those authors. If only for the emotional response this story drew from me, You Were Gone might be Tim’s best book yet.

In not wanting to give away too much of the plot, I will say nothing other than that everything we know and understand about Raker from the past eight books has
Dec 04, 2017 marked it as to-read
Shelves: to-buy
Series Ratings:

Chasing the Dead: ✮✮✮✮
The Dead Tracks: ✮✮✮✮
Vanished: ✮✮✮✮✮
Never Coming Back: ✮✮✮✮
Fall From Grace: ✮✮✮✮
What Remains: ✮✮✮✮
Broken Heart: ✮✮✮✮
I Am Missing: ✮✮✮✮
Apr 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read a few of Tim weaver’s books so when I saw this on NetGalley and jumped at the chance to read it. The first thing I like about David Raker series as, even though it’s part of a series you can still read it as a standalone.
David Raker is a Missing Persons Investigator, quite an unorthodox one, but a good one. He never got over the death of his wife who died 8 years previously with cancer. So when David gets a call 3 days after Christmas that a woman has turned up at a Police station c
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had read one previous book featuring David Raker and enjoyed it, but I hadn't read the whole series. However this sounded interesting and I hoped that not having read the whole of the series wouldn't matter. It didn't. I suppose if I'd read the series in order I might have a bit more insight to the character but it's hard to imagine enjoying it even more than I did. It certainly stands up perfectly as as a 'stand-alone'.

David Raker finds people. He has been in many a tight spot but is single m
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is one I read recently. It is the ninth book in the David Raker series, I have read them all and given most five stars. They are that good, just addictive. The books are all very clever with twisty plots and suspense on steroids!

This one was a bit different. Raker is called to the police station. A confused sounding woman is claiming to be Derryn Raker, David's wife. Only Derryn died eight years ago from breast cancer. Sure, the woman has a strong resemblance to Derryn but there are subtle
Julie Lacey
May 14, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first David Raker book that I’ve read and whilst it worked as a standalone, I did feel like I was missing out on what happened in his past.
This didn’t affect my enjoyment of the story and I can honestly say this was a real puzzler for me. I was really torn at several points in the book about whether or not he was losing his mind or whether someone was manipulating his life.
When David is called to the Police station as he has been asked for by name, by a woman claiming to be his wif
Abby Slater- Fairbrother
May 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have to say, I am a huge fan of Tim Weaver and the David Raker series. I think this is the best one yet!!!!!
The case has to be the most personal and we learn the most intimate details of Raker and his life with his now deceased wife (or is she?) Derryn. The twists and turns kept me guessing and at one point, I decided I didn’t even trust Raker anymore!!!!!
There is a brilliant bread crumb trail of clues, cleverly woven through each chapter of the novel. I was engrossed and stayed up until 4am
Rob Twinem
Apr 12, 2018 rated it liked it
Tim Weaver is an author whose work I really enjoy. His writing is precise reminiscent of storytelling from a bygone era, at times displaying shades of Agatha Christie but with a modern feel. The central character in his novels is David Raker, an investigator who markets himself as a locator of lost persons, those individuals who for their own personal reasons wish to disappear....or do they? Weaver uses real and imagined locations throughout London often creating a haunted or sinister backdrop a ...more
Mar 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thank you Netgalley and Penguin UK for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

Let me take you back to Christmas 2017. My boyfriend got me an amazon gift card so I could buy a bunch of books for my kindle, since I am quite the avid reader.
I was browsing the website looking for a new series to dig my teeth into and I stumbled upon the David Raker series. I read a couple of descriptions, some reviews and decided to buy the entire series in one go.

I started reading straight away
Carol Peace
Jun 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: kindle-books
This book introduced me to Davis Raker, I hadn't realised there were other books but it didn't spoil my enjoyment. A woman walks into a police station and says she is lost and her name is Derryn and she was asking for David, when thy contacted him he was very confused as his wife Derryn died 8 years ago and when he gets to the station he is shown the woman on cctv from another room. He fully expected to be able to say that this woman was nothing like Derryn and she was obviously mistaken but to ...more
Grace J Reviewerlady
Having read an earlier book by this author, I thought I was prepared for this one. Not a chance! This is an intense, remarkable, spectacular thriller - twists and turns galore - and completely flabbergasting!

David Raker is a former journalist who now locates missing persons. He has a penchant for digging his heels in and not giving up and going wherever the case takes him. This time, however, it's a bit different. This time it's personal - and then some. His wife died eight years ago and yet she
May 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
David Raker cannot believe his eyes when a woman walks into a police station in London claiming to be his wife Derryn. Bearing an uncanny resemblance to Derryn and knowing personal information about their marriage and life together, how could this not be her? Yet David nursed Derryn through the final stages of terminal cancer, buried her and grieved for her. Determined to prove this woman a fraud, David unearths a whole can worms. What he discovers sends shockwaves through his core.

What a wonder
Apr 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing

Where to start!!
You lose your wife to cancer 8 years grieve and are still are away at family for Christmas when you receive a call.....your wife has just stumbled into Charing Cross Police Station saying who she is and asking to see drive there, mind everywhere, emotions on full throttle as well as the are placed in a room where you are shown a cctv camera of your wife in the next fully expect to see someone you don’t know...a
Jane Hunt
May 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
'You Were Gone' is chilling, sinister and all the more terrifying because it's believable. Raker doubts his sanity, and he's not alone. Is the woman claiming to be his beloved wife her and how can she be when she died?
Raker still grieves his wife, and it's this vulnerability that makes this thriller work. Circumstances conspire to make him doubt everything he has built his life on since Derryn's death.

The story is told from Raker's point of view with additional scenes from the antagonist's poin
Claire Wilson
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
I would have enjoyed this book more had I not picked up the 9th in the series instead of the first, which is entirely my fault. I felt like I couldn't get into the story. But thank god I stuck with it because it got good. A woman walks into a Police station and claims to be the dead wife of an Investigator who buried his wife years before. Who are we supposed to believe? 3 stars
Jun 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
Just after Christmas a woman walks into Charing Cross Police Station with no phone or ID, just a piece of paper with the name of investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers Raker is her husband and although the woman looks exactly like his wife, knows all about their marriage and history and their private conversations, Rake’s wife has been dead for eight years. The woman tells the police Raker had a breakdown, a respected doctor backs up her account and the items that could prove Raker's ...more
Oct 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very good read and kept me on my seat throughout, it had me second guessing what I thought about the protagonist and by the end, I knew I should have stuck with what I first thought of him.
Apr 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
Wow ! I couldn’t believe that I was being offered an ARC of “You Were Gone“, the latest David Raker book by Tim Weaver. Huge thanks to Netgalley.. I’ve mentioned this so that it’s understood that I’m very biased. Ever since I was sent a paperback version of his third book and was blown away and quickly caught up with the previous editions, I haven’t missed one . Tim Weaver has to be one of the best British thriller writers around today. But his latest offering turned out to be, for me, a huge di ...more
Mar 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I have read all the David Raker series over the last couple of years so was excited to see this pop up for review on NetGalley.
David Raker is a missing persons investigator who has a good track record of finding people, sometimes using slightly unorthodox methods so he is not well liked within police circles. Often he succeeds where they fail which does not help.
One day he receives a call from Charring Cross Police station: a woman claiming to be Raker’s dead wife has turned up and is asking for
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: crime-thriller
The trouble with getting an early review copy of a book is that sometimes you are introduced to a new character who clearly has such an interesting back-story that they are worthy of exploring further. This is the case with David Raker in Tim Weaver's "You Were Gone". Although the book can be read as a stand-alone novel (I didn't realise it was part of a series when I started) I was intrigued by the hints and descriptions of past cases to want to find out more - so I'll certainly be reading othe ...more
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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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