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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (333 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Tim Weaver Narrator: Michael Healy Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The David Raker Missing Persons Series Release Date: November 2006 ISBN: 9781400172962
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One year ago, Alex Towne’s body was found. One month ago, his mother saw him on the street. One week ago, David Raker agreed to look for him. He’ll wish he hadn’t. Mary Towne’s son, Alex, had been missing for six years before he finally turned up-as a corpse in a car wreck. But now she’s convinced he’s still alive. Missing persons investigator David Raker doesn’t want the work: it’s clearly a sad but hopeless case of mistaken identity brought to him by a woman unable to let go of her son. But haunted by a loss of his own, he reluctantly agrees. As Raker digs deeper, he discovers that Alex’s life was not the innocent one his mother believed. Buried in his past are secrets that were never meant to be found-and a sinister organization willing to protect them, whatever the cost.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Taut, scary…With its rural New England setting, this horror-fest pays respectful, clever homage to Stephen King’s backyard. The author adds his own fresh supernatural twists to what starts out as a conventional suspense thriller. Readers will anxiously await his next outing.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristine | 2/14/2014

    " This is an excellent book set in massachusetts , a woma follows a trail of clues all throughout massachusetts to find her missing daughter--phenom!! the killer knows everything and sees everything she does so she can't go to anyone !!! this was a quick read i couldn't put it down !!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jack Rawles | 2/12/2014

    " Wow, great ride through a scary night, I'd say read this if you like Stephen King! The ending...hmmm...what just happened? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda Ishtayeh | 1/19/2014

    " I do not usually read horror but this was pretty good. It kept me on the edge of my seat and I enjoyed it... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Waven | 1/8/2014

    " This read like a book based on a B-movie based on a screenplay written under duress. Not bad, necessarily, but not very good. I gave it three stars because I think I would really have enjoyed it when I was about 15. As a YA horror, it has a balance of blood and action, a couple nude scenes (but no sex), an easy-to-follow plot, and "summary" explanations toward the end. So for the 13 - 17 age crowd, it would probably be a fun read with the promise of fitful sleep to follow. But for adults, it's rather lackluster. Its potential - there are some interesting ideas - never fully develops and ends up lost among plot holes, inconsistencies, and the completely inexplicable. I think this would make a better Scream-style movie than book and can't recommend it for anyone looking for more than cursory horror/suspense. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Melissa | 12/31/2013

    " Super fast summer read :) "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Marianne Jay | 12/12/2013

    " This book was really really stupid. I struggled to get through it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Greg Fisher | 11/23/2013

    " This is the first novel for MRI tech Joe Schreiber and it is a doozy! Sue Young's 2-year-old daughter Veda is kidnapped on the longest night of the year and she has until 7:00 the next morning to follow the sadistic instructions of a voice on the other end of the cell phone or Veda dies. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Georgina Shores | 11/17/2013

    " Excellent first book from Joe Schreiber. Highly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debbie | 10/14/2013

    " The synopsis of this book read like a mystery/kidnapping story. But, as the story progressed, it turned more into a horror story, It takes place over 12 hours, as the mother follows the directions of the kidnapper, and the dead start rising from the graves. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 H3yd00 | 9/2/2013

    " This was a great supernatural thriller, I ripped right through it. Nice quick read, with a good plot. I figured it out, but probably around the time the author wanted me to, which is always nice. =] "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sara | 7/20/2013

    " It was a quick read and a fun one if you like Urban legends. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Philip Jaques | 6/21/2013

    " Going back over the books I read this year I can't remember a single thing about this one. I give it 2 stars because I finished it so it must not have been abysmal. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Michelle | 11/15/2012

    " This book hooked me from the beginning with the story of a small child kidnapped. It then got really weird and creepy, but I read the whole thing just to find out what happens to the child. I read it in one sitting, so it wasn't bad, but it was far-fetched a little too out there for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Patti Tindal | 9/23/2012

    " A silly stupid book. I had to force myself to finish it. Disappointed. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jeremy | 9/13/2012

    " Not a good read. Read like someone was trying to write a story over a 12 hour period. Felt rushed. Some nice plot twists at the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kealan Burke | 6/3/2012

    " A riveting, non-stop thrill ride of a horror novel. Exceptionally well written, though the plot seemed a tad too derivative at times, and the ending was a bit of a disappointment. Still, all in all, well worth the trip! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sommer Marsden | 9/22/2011

    " Great scary perfectly paced read. Perfect for a snowy winter night! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lea Ryan | 7/30/2011

    " Pretty good! The present-tense, third person point of view was a bit distracting at some points, but I enjoyed reading it. The book is short. I might post a longer review on ye olde blog some time soonish. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 7/18/2011

    " Very fast paced, twisted plot - thought the plot was silly. Read it in one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa | 7/1/2011

    " If you want a book that will seriously creep you out, this would be the one. I've only read one other book that has creeped me out anywhere near this much. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Angelina | 4/21/2011

    " Fast paced, creepy, great read!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Charmaine Wierzbicki | 4/9/2011

    " This book is freakishly scary, bloody, and emotionally charged. The ending has twist I don't think you will guess correctly. I loved it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/4/2011

    " Single mom Sue Young receives a phone call from someone who has kidnapped her 1 year old daughter. Thus begins a frantic night of following the kidnapper's directions that bring Sue back into her past that she's tried to forget. Supernatural elements. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kealan | 1/17/2011

    " A riveting, non-stop thrill ride of a horror novel. Exceptionally well written, though the plot seemed a tad too derivative at times, and the ending was a bit of a disappointment. Still, all in all, well worth the trip! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Philip | 12/30/2010

    " Going back over the books I read this year I can't remember a single thing about this one. I give it 2 stars because I finished it so it must not have been abysmal. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 --- 365andMe | 12/19/2010

    " Only don't listen to it in the dark, in the car alone...

    I purchased the audio version of this book and listened to it while waiting for my son to get out of night classes. Big mistake! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sommer | 8/31/2010

    " Great scary perfectly paced read. Perfect for a snowy winter night! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brooke | 8/7/2010

    " Quick interesting read. The ending was a bit cliche. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Adam | 7/28/2010

    " this was a good book from the start. It lead you to believe that you were in for a story of mystery and suspense, that ended up being a story of ridiculous paranormal proportions. Even with that though it was an easy read and at least I didn't feel like i wasted my time. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Midas68 | 7/19/2010

    " Kinda Retarded. (actually not that bad, but it pissed me off see)

    2 wish bones outta 5 "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Andrew | 6/14/2010

    " Pretty good at first, kind of became akin to when Lifetime Channel does a TV movie in the horror genre. Rife with cliches and tired plot devices. I was excited to read this one, too. Guess they can't all be winners. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Tracy | 6/13/2010

    " Very fast paced, twisted plot - thought the plot was silly. Read it in one day. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 3/3/2010

    " Single mom Sue Young receives a phone call from someone who has kidnapped her 1 year old daughter. Thus begins a frantic night of following the kidnapper's directions that bring Sue back into her past that she's tried to forget. Supernatural elements. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Poeteacherocker | 1/18/2010

    " This book is freakishly scary, bloody, and emotionally charged. The ending has twist I don't think you will guess correctly. I loved it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Leslie | 10/20/2009

    " For some reason I've been plowing through thrillers lately.

    This one was a fun diversion. The end was slightly lame but didn't spoil the whole experience either. "

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About the Author

Tim Weaver is the London Sunday Times bestselling author of Never Coming Back and Vanished, as well as the critically acclaimed The Dead Tracks. All of Tim’s books, including his debut Chasing the Dead, feature missing persons investigator David Raker. Tim is married with a young daughter, and lives near Bath, England.

About the Narrator

Michael Healy has appeared off Broadway and on national television, most notably on Saturday Night Live for three years, as well as in several national commercials. He continues to hone his craft in Rhode Island, where he has won awards for acting. His audiobook recordings include Mr. Midshipman Easy by Frederick Marryat, The Collector of Lost Things by Jeremy Page, and The Valley of Fear by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle.