So, I know I posted this book on my ‘Currently Reading’ not that long ago (14/04/2020) but the honest truth is… I finished it that night. I couldn’t stop. I was so totally engrossed that I sat on the sofa with a cup of tea about 5pm, and 2.5 hours later I closed the book, it was dark outside, my tea was stone cold and I was starving. If you start this book I can guarantee you will get so drawn in that it feels like you’ve lost time, like a paranormal event taking over your body. But it’s worth it. It’s an awesome read.
I feel almost disgusted and annoyed with myself that I haven’t read any of Tim Weaver’s books before; as mentioned in my CR post his first was published in 2010 and I feel compelled to go back and start from the beginning (cue adding 9 more books to my TBR and starting a new ‘Series Review’). So, as I’m late to the party and joined the characters in their latest case I did have questions… but this book does work as a standalone, because the author does refer to the key points in their past but not all the ins and outs so you aren’t completely confused but are left intrigued and curious to read previous books.
The main character, David Raker, has complex relationships with figures from his past, and they seem desperate to resurface at every opportunity. This added element of returning characters mirrors the cold cases and I loved the combined plotting. Everything links seamlessly and what you get is this beautifully written story with jaw-dropping twists that leave you feeling almost shell-shocked. The pace of this book will give you paper cuts you’re turning the pages so fast, no joke, it is so, so good. You are an innocent party on this reading rollercoaster, so please sit back and enjoy the ride. Oh, and you might want to cancel any plans when you open the first page.
The lead characters all have such a span of depth, humanity and honour. They are on their individual quests for justice in their personal and professional lives and the burdens that come with it are oppressing and overwhelming. You get a real sense of pressure, not only implemented by outside influences, but the characters themselves – a true testament to their integrity. You like them. You will them to succeed. You will them to make it out alive. This book is very dark. Shockingly dark, so be prepared to grit your teeth as events unfurl. There is absolutely no way I could have predicted the ending; every twist takes you shooting off down an unknown path and I swear a little “ooh” gasp came out my mouth each time. I do not want to give anything away at all, so I won’t say any more, but you must enjoy this book undistracted and fully committed or you could miss the glorious, hidden subtleties in Tim Weaver’s impressive writing ability.
More so now than ever, being in “lockdown”, we need to grasp any opportunity for escapism and I can 100% recommend this thriller as a fantastic option. If you were to ask my family and friends which book I’ve relentlessly raved about recently, they would unanimously reply: this one. I almost wish I could read it for the first time again, just to feel the tension, power and emotion all over again; it’s addictive. I can’t stop thinking about this book, and I’ll bet if you read it you won’t either. Utterly brilliant. -GJ