The Dead Tracks by Tim Weaver – a review

Once again me and my kindle (someone should write a song about that) have been out and about, this time reading The Dead Tracks by Tim Weaver. This is the first of his novels I’ve read although the second he has written. In the Dead Tracks a girl is missing and her parent’s employ widower Raker to help find her. As this is obviously a crime book, she’s not the only missing girl,there are lots of suspects and there is a serial killer involved.

I thought this was another good story that was a great introduction to this author. However I did feel that it slightly lost its way towards the end. The ‘who’ of the ‘who dunnit’ was quite predictable, although the ‘why’ and the ‘how’ were not. There were a lot of potential suspects throughout the book which I did feel was an issue and almost a bit farcical.

It seemed to be heavily influenced by films, for example Silence of the Lambs, and Seven, both had echos of their plot lines in this. They are both however, very good films so that is not a criticism although it does make for a bit of confusion at times if you don’t concentrate properly. I did think though that the overall story was qute interesting and original.

Tim Weaver is talking in ‘Drawing the Line’, where authors apparently describe their struggles with morality. This was quite a descriptive book, with some blood and gore which I do like in a crime book. It involves a Russian Mafia type group so it was never going to be a nice fireside rom com (which would have been very disappointing!) so I can see how he fits into that particular session.

I would definitely want to pick up his first book, and I think that would help to understand Raker and his background, and maybe garner some sympathy for him (which I found myself distinctly lacking) Yet to me this book just seemed a little bit too long, and I suspect that a bit of firmer editing would have changed it from good to excellent.

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