Missing Pieces – Tim Weaver

Rebekah Murphy knows too much. . .

She knows she’s alone on an abandoned island with a killer on her trail. 

She knows that to get home to her children, she must survive long enough to understand why this is happening. 

She knows someone tried to kill her for a secret.

What she doesn’t know is what that secret is . . .

Detective Frank Travis doesn’t know enough . . .

He doesn’t know where to find Louise Mason. He doesn’t know how and why she vanished into thin air three months ago. He doesn’t know the identity of the man last seen talking to her. Not yet.

But what he does know it that he’s a week away from retirement — and if he doesn’t find out where Louise went, no one will. 

What neither Rebekah nor Detective Travis realise is that each holds a missing piece from the same puzzle — and it will cost them everything they love to finally solve it . .

As a real fan of an intriguing mystery,  I was definitely seduced by the premise of this book featuring a struggle for survival, a missing person and some shocking revelations – when I discovered that it was set on an abandoned island too, that really sealed the deal for me and it quickly zoomed to the top of my TBR pile. I was delighted to be invited on the tour by the lovely Chrissie from Michael Joseph and couldn’t wait to see if it was as clever and captivating as I expected

This book definitely did not disappoint, it grabbed me and pulled me right into the story. I was really intrigued by the premise of the book: that we will puzzle our way through the many clues and trails about what might have happened in the past and how this impacts on the safety and survival of Rebekah in the present day – and this really added to the story for me. The isolated setting and the ghosts of the past that begin to emerge and surround the prsent day mystery really kept me turning the pages as the novel unfolds.

The fact that Tim Weaver is a writer who bases his novels on real life missing persons cases too was another factor that made me love this book as I was fascinated by the way that he takes real events and transposes them into amazingly well crafted and compelling pageturners that never allow you to move your eye off the action for a second, as you have become so engrossed in the story. The way that Rebekah and Detective Travis both have different insights to the same mystery makes for intriguing and tense reading and will keep you up far too late trying to work out what’s going to happen next…

I absolutely loved the present day setting of this novel and definitely found the mystery of Louise Mason’s disappearance quite addictive too. It was intriguing to see which trail of breadcrumbs would prove to be the right one as Tim Weaver kept me changing my mind from one moment to the next. The fact that each chapter presents us with fresh clues and small insights into what has happened in the past was a fantastic device and really kept me on my toes as a reader as this clever and fast-paced novel unfolded

Even though there have been lots of novels this year that focus on people going missing, Tim Weaver’s writing ensures that the characters we meet allow this plot to unfold in an original way which makes the story feel fresh and innovative, rather than ploughing a familiar furrow. The characters all feel very much like real people – rather than mechanisms to provide clues about Louise or how this connects to Rebekah’s predicament – which I’ve often found in novels like this with characters who may or may not know the answer to the mystery. I think that the analogy of a jigsaw puzzle, where you strive to find the missing pieces is an excellent analogy for this book and even the most fiendish puzzle solvers will find much to occupy their brains here as it’s so well-crafted.

Tim Weaver is an intriguing new writer for me – it’s hard to talk about this novel without spoilers, so I’ll just need to tell you that you must read it for yourself. You will be intrigued by Bec’s unenviable situation and want to read on and find out exactly what is behind this mysterious disappearance in the past that seems to be having such a seismic impact on the present day. It’s not one of these ‘keep looking for the big twist’ stories that people are getting a little bored of now. It is just that things start to appear through the murk and you’ll not be able to believe you never noticed them before – in a wonderfully well-constructed way.

Anyone interested in twisty and dynamic reads and who loves trying to work out which characters to trust…ot not…will love this multi-layered and gripping novel. I had really high hopes for Missing Pieces and I’m delighted to say that I was definitely not disappointed. It was definitely a book that  I’ll be recommending to lots of readers as I was totally intrigued by its characters, its pace and the way it really kept me guessing

I can’t wait to explore Tim Weaver’s back catalogue and have already ordered some more David Raker myssteries. The idea that life can be a lot darker and more interesting than you might think on the surface is a very intriguing one. I think that this would make an excellent Book Group read as it would be sure to provoke lots and lots of discussion…

Buy yourself a copy here if you want to get to the heart of the mystery and if you loved it, grab yourself a copy of No One Home  too!

Writer On The Shelf

Tim Weaver is the Sunday Times bestselling author of the David Raker Missing Persons series. He has been nominated for a National Book Award, selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club, and shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Dagger in the Library award, which considers an author’s entire body of work.

He is also the host and producer of the chart-topping Missing podcast, which features experts in the field discussing missing persons investigations from every angle. A former journalist and magazine editor, he lives near Bath with his wife and daughter.

Find out more about Tim at timweaverbooks.com

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