As I read the book, I identified with Clara and it was not a comfortable feeling. I should have identified with Tamar, but the book did not let me do that. So, how do you rate a book that left you feeling disturbed? Yet, now that I have completed reading it, I am not sure I understand what has happened. I think Clara finally was able to find relief and an ability to look forward to the rest of her own life but I still feel somewhat confused.
I guess I am just not smart enough to grasp the message. So I am going to give the book a rating based upon the author's artistry but just between you and me I cannot really say I enjoyed it. I must add that I received this free book under the First Impressions drawing by BookBrows by promising to do a book review. The words set forth above are my honest personal feelings about the book. View all 8 comments. Dec 17, Jenny Reading Envy rated it really liked it Shelves: ebooks , read , reviewcopy. Clara left home and only returns when her mother starts having memory issues and needs her help.
Part of this story is dealing with her mother's illness, but the other part is trying to understand what happened before she left. The setting is interesting; the whole novel has a bit of a dreamlike feeling that I can't quite grasp. I read this earlier this year but forgot to post it! Thanks to the publisher for providing early access. Sep 07, Sue rated it really liked it. This is a beautifully written, thought provoking look at a mother and a daughter and their acceptance of each other as the mother is losing her memory to early on-set Alzheimer's.
To be honest, I almost didn't read this book because I just lost my mom and I knew it would be difficult to read about losing your mom but instead this book made me more thankful for my mom because we had no great secrets and I always knew that she was a person separate from being my mom. This novel is the journey of t This is a beautifully written, thought provoking look at a mother and a daughter and their acceptance of each other as the mother is losing her memory to early on-set Alzheimer's. This novel is the journey of the main character learning to love and accept her mom and to realize that he mom always put her daughter first in her life.
A beautiful story! Thanks to Book Browse for a copy to read and review. All opinions are my own. View 2 comments. Aug 03, Jen rated it really liked it. Clara left home for college and never looked back. Until her mom was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer's did she even think about returning. Now she is back, watching her mom fade away every day and confronting long buried questions and secrets.
This beautifully captured the mother-daughter relationship in all of its complicated glory. I could relate to the emotional element as my mom passed away years ago and I'm always coming up with questions for her that will go unanswered, as Clara did i Clara left home for college and never looked back. I could relate to the emotional element as my mom passed away years ago and I'm always coming up with questions for her that will go unanswered, as Clara did in this novel.
This was a writing style that took some getting used to, as it kind of meanders along. However, I grew accustomed to it and found this to be a beautiful tale of love and loss. Jan 23, Suze Lavender rated it it was amazing. Clara was raised by her young single mother Tamar. Tamar is a strong, independent and capable woman.
However, when her memory starts to decline Clara has to return to the area she grew up in to take care of her mother. Being back in the rural area of the Adirondack Mountains brings back a lot of memories. Why did Tamar make sure Clara would go to a college far away from home? What was the reason behind this sudden change of plan? While Clara is looking for answers, she discovers more about hersel Clara was raised by her young single mother Tamar.
While Clara is looking for answers, she discovers more about herself and the woman who raised her. There's a lot Clara didn't know, but was she ready to have that knowledge at the time? Clara is trying to make life as easy as possible for her mother. It's difficult to talk about the past when Tamar hardly remembers anything, but the bond between the women is strong. Clara has never opened her heart to anyone again after leaving home.
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She now has to find a way to deal with the pain from the past so she will be able to start living again. Will she be able to uncover her mother's secrets, even though Tamar can't talk about them any longer? Never Coming Back is a beautiful story about family, love, illness and living. Clara loves her mother, but she also blames her for the worst moment of her life. Tamar has never told her daughter exactly what happened and Clara's heart has been broken ever since. She has many regrets and one of them is that she and her mother can never resolve the issues they had because of it.
Clara hasn't been able to fall in love again because she doesn't have closure and understanding and my heart ached for everything she lost. Now she's about to lose her mother at a young age as well and there's so much she doesn't know yet about the woman who raised her. Fortunately she has good friends who support her and they are helping her to share special moments with Tamar and to make sense of the situation.
Tamar and Clara might not be able to talk, but love is the most important way to communicate of all, which is an amazing topic for a story. Alison McGhee writes about Alzheimer's Disease in an open and honest way that moved me to tears. The effects on Tamar's mind are devastating. Clara doesn't know how to deal with her mother's illness and the possibility of a similar future. Because of Alison McGhee's fantastic descriptions I could easily understand and feel her pain. The emotional rollercoaster she's going through is incredibly well pictured.
Alison McGhee has written a fantastic multilayered story. I loved witnessing Clara's emotional journey and I was curious to find out if she'd find a way to heal and make peace with her situation. I read this book in one sitting and was genuinely impressed. Never Coming Back is a poignant, compelling story that will stay with me for a long time. Dec 06, Elle rated it it was amazing Shelves: best-of , paper. This is a beautiful slow moving story that is meant to savored.
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As it unfolds, you flash back and forth between Claire's childhood, college years and present day. This is not an action or plot based book. It is very beautiful, honest and emotional look at the nuances and assumptions that are made and only when re-examined, can we see th This is a beautiful slow moving story that is meant to savored. It is very beautiful, honest and emotional look at the nuances and assumptions that are made and only when re-examined, can we see things differently.
I want to rate this higher. Definite 'Best Of'. Incredible writing and I will be buying this for Mum which is one of the highest accolades a book can get from me. View all 6 comments. Nov 14, BookishStitcher rated it really liked it. Apr 09, Kristin Marie rated it did not like it Shelves: I have not been looking forward to talking about this book, because my mama always taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all.
But not saying anything would defeat the purpose of this. Let's try this in the kindest way possible. The prose jumped around so much that every transition I was pulled out of the text. What should have taken me a I have not been looking forward to talking about this book, because my mama always taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything at all. What should have taken me a night to read took three because of these interruptions. Maybe purposeful, but the author wrote as if she herself had Alzheimer's and we were just seeing portions of her memories--scattered and disjointed through Clara.
The additional characters did not add to the book. The descriptions were lacking. The repetitious self talk with exclamation points turned into areas of groaning and skipping. Final rating: 1. I've read worse, just not a lot. Happy reading! Clara Winters left her rural Adirondack Mountain town for college shortly after her boyfriend broke up with her. Tamar, her mother, raised Clara on her own and arranged for her to attend an excellent college far away from home.
Over a decade later, Clara, a successful writer, is summoned home. Tamar can no longer live on her own as she has early-onset Alzheimer's disease. Clara has questions she wants answered, 3. Clara has questions she wants answered, but her mother's memory is slipping away. Why did Tamar want Clara to go to a college far from home? Did she have secrets? What were these secrets? Does she know why Asa broke up with Clara those many years ago? Does Clara carry the gene for Alzheimer's?
If so, what does her future look like?
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This story of a woman who needs to learn about herself and her mother before it is too late drew me in and made me feel with Clara the emotions of guilt, frustration, sadness, fear, remembrance, longing and love. I would like to read more books by Alison McGhee. Apr 19, Vikki rated it it was amazing Shelves: contemporary-fiction , mental-health-subjects , death. One would not think that a novel about alzheimers would be so captivating.
But Aliso McGhee managed to bring out the humor and explain the complicated relationship between Clara Winter and her mother Tamar. I did really enjoy this book. View all 3 comments. Jan 02, JL rated it it was ok. I haven't actually finished this book yet. I'm about half way through, and am not certain I'll be able to make it to the end.
My main issue is the pacing and continuity; both are in dire need of serious editing. There are many passages that devolve into a rambling, repetitive train-of-thought style that detracts from the moments of actual lovely prose. I was willing to stick it out until, very early on in the book, we suddenly skip an entire year ahead into the narrative, during which time absol I haven't actually finished this book yet. I was willing to stick it out until, very early on in the book, we suddenly skip an entire year ahead into the narrative, during which time absolutely nothing happened.
I found this to be so jarring and inexplicable that I'm having trouble getting past it. Secondarily, there are some serious "All mothers are great - whiny daughters don't understand the sacrifices their mothers make on their behalf" vibes being preached in this narrative that probably won't sit well with anyone who grew up with an actual toxic mother.
Mom's best friend bluntly tells the main character to "grow up" when she expresses questions about really controlling things her mom did in the past. The main character Clara's two best friends ugh exist only to badger her about why she hasn't "gotten over" her issues with her mom, who they absolutely adore and venerate for reasons I'm not totally clear on - is wood-chopping the only requirement for being a bad-ass lady Mom-saint?
Because if so, someone needs to mail me that award posthaste. Even Clara has internalized her mother's feelings that she is foolish and stupid, and when she expresses that feeling out loud, her two besties basically confirm it. They also spend a lot of time in the book talking about her like she isn't there, trying to run her life, and generally being jerks.
Clara and her friends are supposed to be in their thirties, but all three read like they're about 19 or The various flashbacks to when they were in college present them as the exact same people, which contributes to the continuity problems. In the time that Clara spent away from her childhood home from college until the present , she has not done anything, except publish one children's book. She has managed no other growth, nor has she established any kind of personality. The book mentions in passing that Clara was conceived when her mother was raped at a party, and she had a twin sister who was stillborn.
While these facts would seem to be huge, formative aspects both of Clara, her mom, and their relationship, they simply aren't discussed; not sure if the author thought they would draw attention away from the Alzheimer's narrative, but it ends up feeling like a large, glaring, but ignored red-flag. We'll see if I get through this. Pretty sure I've guessed the what the ending will be like, and I'm not looking forward to it.
Update: finished the book last night. Guessed the ending correctly. Everything I stated above stands. Overall, I was left with the feeling that this book was written in several different parts, and then pieced together, as this might explain the repetition problems, and the strange way that certain characters and background information weren't fleshed out or discussed until too far into the book. Oct 16, Breakaway Reviewers rated it it was ok. This is one of those books that will probably win the Pulitzer or Nobel prize or both because to me it reads like some I had to read in High School - and a lot were fiction prize winners.
This hits her hard because she, like all of us, does at one time, believe her Mom would die of old age, not slowly vanish into her own world and own m This is one of those books that will probably win the Pulitzer or Nobel prize or both because to me it reads like some I had to read in High School - and a lot were fiction prize winners. This hits her hard because she, like all of us, does at one time, believe her Mom would die of old age, not slowly vanish into her own world and own mind until her eyes are empty and she is but a shell.
My late Dad suffered from this and his eyes were so empty it broke my heart. It seems as if Clara goes on a road of self-discovery during this time, as she finally deals with the loss and death of her boyfriend, Asa, as well. Her mother had stopped the romance and there is a lot of hurt regarding this, as well as issues to do with the mother-daughter bond. I would like to suggest that either the author or the publisher gives more detail on both content and audience as it might make a difference when others look to see if it is their type of genre.
This would have a huge impact on sales and ratings as well. I work on the belief that writing is very difficult. Just to get a book published takes a lot of hard work, and for that, I happily give it two stars. Elsa Breakaway Reviewers received a copy of the book to review. Jul 24, Hannah rated it really liked it. This book was tender and simple and mesmerizing and filled to the brim with things that are dear to me, mothers, daughters, memory, the loss of memory , and it left me with that choking feeling that is both joy and sorrow.
To only truly begin to see your mother for the real human person that she is, not the mythical fearsome immortal unknowable beast that is Mother to so many children both young and grown, in the moment that she begins to disappear is a most terrifying prospect. I know I see my This book was tender and simple and mesmerizing and filled to the brim with things that are dear to me, mothers, daughters, memory, the loss of memory , and it left me with that choking feeling that is both joy and sorrow.
I know I see my mother differently, more fully, and with more compassion every day as I grow older and this book was a firm but gentle reminder of how important that process is. The plot was predictable and while I would usually be annoyed by that, in this case, it felt like something sturdy to lean against in the midst of the raging winds of watching someone you love fade away into a person who doesn't know you. I enjoyed this book so deeply and I look forward to sharing it in the future.
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Nov 17, Allison Marks rated it it was ok. A meandering and repetitive story searching for a good editor. Oct 10, Maureen Timerman rated it really liked it Shelves: With this read we delve into the relationship of a mother and a daughter, and with this bond, it has always been just the two of them. Loosing a parent is never easy, but watching your parent die mentally little by little is very heart wrenching. The main character here is Clara and we watch her grow and learn about her mother Tamara, and it comes after her mother has entered an assisted living at This story makes you realize that each day is not a given, and we see Clara trying to make sense With this read we delve into the relationship of a mother and a daughter, and with this bond, it has always been just the two of them.
This story makes you realize that each day is not a given, and we see Clara trying to make sense of what has happened, and wishing she could ask those questions that only a mother would know. One of the reasons I read this book was it takes place near where I live, I have traveled many of these roads and visited a lot of these places.
I received this book through Edelweiss and the Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, and was not required to give a positive review. I was under no obligation to review this book and my opinion is freely given. After Clara Winter was basically forced, by her mother, out of the Adirondacks for college, she never looked back.
One day, Clara receives a call that her mother, Tamar, needs her. Will she be able to find the courage to ask the questions that have been plaguing Clara since her teenage years? Never Coming Back was all over the place, with retrospective looks to the past disrupting the flow of the novel.
Tamar's story should have been compelling, but it came off flat and uninspiring. The premise of the book was good, but the author just never got there. 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 fend for themselves at mealtimes… all because you will not be able to put this book down!
The tenacious and quick-witted investigator of missing people, David Raker, is the central character of this book. The story, set in both Devon and Las Vegas, revolves around the complete disappearance without trace of Paul and Carrie Ling, and their two daughters. This well written story never relinquishes its tension or its complexity until the very last full stop — its plot, violent at times, is extremely convoluted and with multiple twists at the end but never loses its credibility or believability. I was absolutely exhausted by the end of it!!
Story telling at its very best! 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, but that seems to be a feature of most books these days, once I had it fixed in my mind it was fine. Or could it be that he featured in the prior novels more fully? I really enjoyed this book and finished it in a couple of days, reading way too late into the evening, but I had to know what was going to happen next.
May 08, Annelies rated it it was amazing Shelves: crime-mystery-thriller. 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, Kristen rated it really liked it. 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. What a fantastic read.
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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 What a fantastic read. What David Raker uncovers are frightening situations and very dangerous people, everything stemming from a historical and totally evil event of over sixty years before.
Interspersed through the book are flash back chapters, clearly denoted by italic print. The first is nineteen months previously, gradually working forward to five months before the current action and they give some clues as to what might really be happening. The action in the present day is situated in Devon, around the Start Bay area and to a much lesser extent in Las Vegas. To learn that the author is himself a journalist is no surprise. He has a way with words which adds so much more to the suspense and thrill.
In view of what is subsequently found in the village this description proves to be so apt. There are four pages describing a deserted, decaying farm house in the middle of Dartmoor in the mist and rain. This could be equally applicable to the person existing within it. For almost a complete chapter the reader is walked around the outside, then the inside. By the end I knew that I could smell it, feel it.
A lesser writer would have dealt with the scene in a few lines. The very first lines of the book are a description of the sun setting over the desert around Las Vegas. Nothing pleasant or romantic about that. This wordsmith gives so much more to his writing than that of most thriller, action writers. He takes the menace and horror of the setting to a new level. And the reader barely has time to recover from this when the shock revelations and secrets continue right to the end.
I finished reading with the same sense of loss that you should always feel on the completion of a really good book. But at least I have the three previous novels to catch up on. If you enjoy a well written, well plotted mystery thriller with action and a strong sense of place this edge of your seat page turner is for you. 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 Never Coming Back is the fourth David Raker novel, but many seem to have read this as a standalone. Of course, to say much more would be to tell you what happened in the past books when you should just go and read them yourself or read this one and find out through references what happened in book three which changed things for David.
As the fourth book in the series, we see David working outside of London on a case. Having moved out of London, David Raker is making a life for himself away from past events, having moved back to the town he was born in with his friend — or more accurately just his acquaintance — Colm. Upon moving back, David has not been taking on any more cases but then an old school friend comes to see him wanting help in finding her missing family.
Being David, he sees it as his duty to help her out. Sure enough, David is soon dealing with secrets and cover-ups which span generations and across continents, leaving the male much deeper than he would have ever liked to have been. It certainly is another interesting story filled with twists and turns. Whilst I was unsure how I felt about his story it was certainly interesting to see where things went with him, especially with the events which have unfolded for him in the past couple of books.
Overall, it was another great read. 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 The only reason this book gets two stars instead of one is that it did manage to hold my interest enough to finish it. Maybe if I'd known their backstories, their actions would have made sense. Instead I was instantly alienated by their whiny and stupid behavior. The characters are unlikable and one-dimensional.
The plot is cliche-ridden and predictable. Worst of all, this is one of those mysteries where if characters would just talk to each other, ask and answer the obvious questions, the whole thing would be resolved way quicker with way fewer deaths. NOT recommended. Feb 15, Linda Lpp rated it it was amazing. 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 This is the first time I've read a Tim Weaver book, with this being 4 in a series.
But about half way through the book, the paced picked up as the complex relationships and alliances and corruptions began infiltrating the action around the private investigator's "job". Twists and turns abounded. Who was killed? Who was behind the disappearances? Who could anyone trust?
Those questions and many other issues didn't become known until the last few pages of the book. Am planning to read from this point on, in the David Raker series. If later books are as action packed as this one, I'm sure I'll once again not be disappointed. The whole family vanished without a trace, leaving their house as if they were about to return at any moment. Never Coming Back, the fourth David Raker novel from Tim Weaver, has a slow start, and I did feel at disadvantage for not having read the previous three novels featuring this character.
This feeling soon lessened once Raker begins to unfurl the mystery surrounding the disappearance of the Ling's. This is when Never Coming Back became a real page turner, and I was devouring pages to discover where the story would head next. There were plenty of moments of uncertainty, Weaver making you think that you know what's about to happen and then completely taking the plot in another direction. I thought that the pacing was brilliant, and a good balance between explanation and action. Also the two completely different settings of Las Vegas and Devon made for an interesting dichotomy and varied reading.
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 I had never read a Tim Weaver book before and after reading this I will certainly be reading more of them. Dinner is cooking, the television is on, and milk is leaking from a bottle on the floor in front of an open fridge but the family has gone. The disappearance is so well written that it is as if they have dropped of the edge of the world. David Raker, a private investigator who specialises in missing persons and a family friend with many demons of his own , takes on the case to track down the family.
Although I found the story took a little while to get going and the changes in location and times a little frustrating, it was so worth it and after a very short time I was totally gripped and unable to put it down. Make sure you have several hours to spare when you sit down to read this. 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 centred on a photograph that Emily's family stumbled on and the extents someone would go to have it destroyed. There are many false leads and even when the mystery is finally ended, there is another twist which I was not expecting. It is well worth a read as it is well written,a little bit intricate through the middle but worth it to get the final picture.
Really good plot with plenty of twists, my favourite things! Tim Weaver is a new author to me however when this latest book no. 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 story is well paced with plot twists throughout which made me keen to keep turning the pages. David Raker is an investigator who looks for missing people. They have been missing for 10 months and despite a couple of earlier witness sightings the police have been unable to solve the case. Raker himself is not in the best of places. However he agrees to find out what he can for Emily. Running alongside is a separate strand concerning a body found washed up on a nearby beach. Although it is at first unclear as to the relevance, all does become clear later in the book.
The action takes place in Devon and in Las Vegas. The story initially starts in December in Las Vegas before quickly moving back to Devon and to November Our protagonist, David Raker is a well-developed character with a history and seems to be a man of integrity. This book can happily be read as a standalone without the reading feeling disadvantaged. There are many characters in the book as well as dead bodies! I had my doubts about the ending but on the whole I found this to be a tension filled, gripping read and will now be looking out for the previous books in the series.
My thanks to Real Readers for the review copy and for the introduction to this author. Thank you kindly to the author, publisher and Netgalley. 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 Thank you kindly to the author, publisher and Netgalley. When an old friend of his asks him to investigate the disappearance of an entire family David is drawn once more into the world of the missing.
Thats not to say they are NOT thrilling, they very much are — the action sequences are indeed edge of the seat stuff, especially as Mr Weaver makes no promises about the safety of any of his characters — yet still for me, the intricate plot weaving and attention to detail within those plots are very much what make these novels as good as they are. I do adore David Raker for his tenacity. What he does is more than a job to him, its a calling. Not even for love. If I were to have a missing loved one I would hope that someone like him were around.
His character has evolved over the series beautifully — you could almost call him an Anti hero. You will be intrigued from the outset — The Marie Celeste style disappearance will immediately have you wondering…and thats it, you are hooked. In the case of the Raker books I would highly recommend that you read them from the start, in order.
Its not that you couldnt pick any one of them up and be perfectly happy, I just feel that Raker himself is a character who develops in such a way that you will miss out on the nuances if you havent been with him from the start. Happy Reading Folks! 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? Boy, how wrong could I be?
David Raker is unfamiliar to me as a character but I think I like him enough to read some more apparently this is the fourth. The other characters had enough depth to elicit an emotion from me towards them. They were people rather than characters with a narrative function. I felt almost scared in places. The writing was tight yet flowing. The clues were there some were obvious, others not so which is where you get such a buzz from a thriller.
It was almost as if someone else had written the final few pages. But there is no such thing as perfection and I happily recommend this book to thriller lovers. I was thoroughly thrilled!! 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. I also loved that it's mostly set in Devon as I recognised a lot of the places.
I think fans of Linwood Barclay would enjoy this series too. May 21, Ruth Booth rated it liked it. 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 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 at 3 in the morning.
I didn't particularly warm to any of the characters. There was an awful lot of really nasty people - and most of the nice ones seem to get killed off. But the plot didn't really require you to like anyone in particular The main character does seem to have the highest pain threshold known to man, and has more lives than a cat. But again, I was happy to be taken along for the ride This book is not going to set your world on fire. It's not going to leave you in deep thought once you have put it down. But like a cheesy but surprisingly good Channel 5 afternoon film, it will keep you entertained.
I may even return to this series and go and try a couple of earlier novels Feb 15, Rachel Sargeant rated it liked it. 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. 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 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. In fact my interest wasn't piqued until Colm Healy popped up in Chapter 3 Colm was David Raker's friend in Book 3, a London policeman on course to self-destruct. After that, the story rattled along. At pages, it was much longer than books I usually enjoy, but I still found it a fast-paced, quick read.
NEVER COMING BACK - TIM WEAVER | BESTSELLING AUTHOR
Yes, there was a lot of violence although this time not quite as grotesque. I worked out every twist and turn about a hundred pages ahead of David Raker throughout the novel, but it was an enjoyable page-turner nonetheless. And I would try another Tim Weaver novel in the future. This author produces well-written action stories. Having never heard of the author or the detective Raker, I was keen to read this book as the summary sounded intriguing. I did not feel that I had to of read the previous books, although now having enjoyed this one so much I will seek them out.
Crime fiction is one of my favourite genres and this book did certainly not disappoint, the plot is easy to follow but so easy to guess what had happened to the family, it takes many twists and turns and keeps you guessing right up to the finale.