You Were Gone – Tim Weaver.

This is another installment in the David Raker series by Tim Weaver.  Usually I find that when you so many books into a series that the story can be a little fragmented, as it reminds you of previous books or alludes to things you should know but only if you ve read the other books. I didn’t realise You Were Gone was part of a series until I read the acknowledgments at the end, which shows how good the writing i

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For those of you that don’t know the books following the story of David Raker have been on the Richard and Judy book club list and nominated for awards.

Tim Weaver also has a podcast that is on my saved list, Missing, which  I am going to start listening to on the way home.

This instalment is around Raker personal life. He lost his wife 8 years ago to cancer but now theres someone who looks like her, acts like her, and tells the police that hes her husband. The local specialist confirms he has a history of blacking out and memory loss, which lead Raker to quest

 

ion his sanity. Is she really dead, or is he crazy?

I didn’t find the book fast paced, or a gripping page turner. It was slow and steady.  Looking back I don’t think there were any clues to the ending,  no obvious villain in the ‘whodunit’ and because it’s a series the conclusion isn’t complete., there’s definitely a lot more to come. The problem for me is I just cant get excited about it.

Official Description:

I buried you. I mourned you . . . But now you’re back.

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 missing persons investigator David Raker on it. She tells officers that Raker is her husband.

SHE SAYS SHE’S MY WIFE.

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, even private conversations the two of them had. There’s just one problem: Raker’s wife has been dead for eight years.

MY WIFE DIED . . . DIDN’T SHE?

The woman tells the police that Raker had a breakdown. A respected doctor backs up her account. Items are missing that prove Raker’s side of the story – and, worst of all, he soon becomes the prime suspect in her disappearance.

Could Raker have imagined their whole marriage? Is he delusional? Is this really the woman he loved and grieved for? Hunted by the police, Raker will have to find out the truth before it costs him everything – his memories, his sanity, his life . . .

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