I Am Missing is published on 27 July 2017 by Penguin and is available to buy here
When a young man wakes up bruised and beaten, with no memory of who he is or where he came from, the press immediately dub him ‘The Lost Man’.
Naming himself Richard Kite, he spends the next ten months desperately trying to find out who he is. But despite media appeals and the efforts of the police, no one knows him.
Richard’s last hope may be private investigator David Raker – a seasoned locator of missing people. But Raker has more questions than answers.
Who is Richard Kite?
Why does no one know him?
And what links him to the body of a woman found beside a London railway line two years ago?
Could Richard be responsible for her death – or is he next?
Tim Weaver can do no wrong. Every year, we get a fabulous new twisted missing persons story. The David Raker series is now at book eight with I am Missing.
The story starts bizarrely with a missing person meeting David Raker. For those of you who haven’t read this series, Raker is a investigator and he is brilliant. He is a man who finds people and answers, using all kinds of dubious and clever methods. He is approached by a man calling himself Richard Kite. Richard is a man suffering with a form of amnesia. He remembers virtually nothing of his past. He wants to get his life back and his identity. He needs to solve the mystery of who he is. Richard was found on the South coast of England badly beaten up, about ten months ago. He became a bit of a celebrity and was referred to as ‘The Lost Man’ by the media. Raker has his work cut out investigating this one. With no one coming forward following the police and media appeals, he will have to use all of his ingenuity to crack this case.
Only Raker could identify a person from their first name, find out where they come from and reunite them with their past. We get a real sense of the nightmare it must be to have no identity, with the authorities refusing to give temporary national insurance numbers out. In the UK, you cannot work legally without a national insurance number. Richard is caught up in the hell of British bureaucracy.
The clues take Raker to an unidentified dead woman and to a remote island that has British sovereignty. He finds danger and intrigue along the way. It would not be a David Raker novel without Raker having to fight for his life, at least a couple of times! As usual the twists and turns are incredibly impressive, Tim Weaver really knows how to demand your attention.
Outstanding crime, with plenty to get you thinking and puzzling. My love for Raker grows even stronger. Tim Weaver has done it again with I Am Missing. Do not miss this series! Recommended!