Colm Healy used to be one of the Met's best detectives. Until, haunted by the unsolved murders of a mother and her twin daughters, his life was left in ruins. Missing persons investigator David Raker is the only friend Healy has left. The only one who understands that redemption rests on solving these murders. Their search will unravel a thread of tragedy spanning years and will force them to sacrifice everything they have left....
©2015 Tim Weaver (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd
"Weaver has delivered another cracking crime thriller." (Daily Mail)
It took me a couple of goes to get in to 'What Remains' - just because the pacing is so particular and so different from the upbeat, chatty style I had been listening to (a la Christopher Fowler). What Remains puts you in the mind of David Raker - his inner monologue and the pace is almost real time and his time is pretty tortuous.
Raker becomes especially isolated as his hunt for a missing person leads him to a dark place, with even more secrets to keep. There are murderers and London history and when the plot twists hit, they are like slabs of rock falling from a cliff - seismic waves disorientating you as the whole story you thought you'd heard suddenly doesn't exist any longer.
I thought I might not be able to get into the pace, but I will always fondly remember this as the book that had me saying 'What?! What!?' and clutching my duvet, right up to the last five minutes. Stirling stuff. Where on earth will he go with the next Raker book? Kudos to Tim Weaver if he even attempts it!
Poor Ben Allen - what a trial to read all this out loud. Once you notice the writing 'tics' (2 word adjective lists; dialogue beginning 'What the hell?....stating the obvious; constant reflection on what a hard time the narrator character is having; stock characters blah blah) you are sunk. This was a moderately good idea in search of an experienced and ruthless editor. It was a great relief when it finally stopped. Sorry.
no - other people do it better
no - he survived this one well
Too numerous to mention - all the scenes that add nothing to the plot or characterisation
not really - too tired.
anyone who enjoys tedium
Anyone who could make the story interesting, Robert Glenister is excellent. Michael Jayston is superb.
A great many it was far too long and a lot of repetition
I have never been so glad to finish a book. Flat and uninteresting
Only books by this author or with this narrator
Weak narration, does not sound like a strong, confident private detective. Good character "voices".
I have enjoyed this series until this one. The first 2 parts could have been told in 2 chapters. The back story of Raker could have been summarized in a prologue. I really struggled to finish what did turn out to be preposterous story. I don't think I'll be reading book 7 if it is ever published.
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