What’s it about?
It was supposed to be the start of a big night out. But when Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie’s house, she finds the front door unlocked and no one inside. Dinner’s cooking, the TV’s on. Carrie, her husband and their two daughters are gone.
When the police draw a blank, Emily asks missing persons investigator David Raker to find them. It’s clear someone doesn’t want the family found.
But as he gets closer to the truth, Raker begins to uncover evidence of a sinister cover-up, spanning decades and costing countless lives. And worse, in trying to find Emily’s missing family, he might just have made himself the next target . . .
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 without trace from their lives
I found it to be dark and gritty from the outset with pretty much everything you need for a dramatic detective story: likeable main character, good plot, high body count (though not to everyone’s taste) and so many twists and turns you don’t whether you’re coming or going. I also loved that it’s mostly set in Devon as I recognised a lot of the places.
I’ll definitely read more and although it can be read as a standalone I usually find these types of books are better read in order; if not just to find out what’s going on between Raker and Healy (one of his copper mates). I think fans of Linwood Barclay would enjoy this series too.
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No of pages: 544