About The Book
On Halloween night, four households gather for a party in the tiny Yorkshire village of Black Gale. Three hours in, they head outside, onto the darkened moors, to play a drunken game of hide and seek. None of them return. There’s no trail, no evidence and no answers. An entire village has just vanished.
With the police investigation dead in the water, the families of the disappeared ask missing persons investigator David Raker to find out what happened. But nothing can prepare him for the truth.
I’ve never read a Tim Weaver book before and realised quite quickly that No Way Home is the 10th in a series of books about missing person investigator David Raker. I’m going to be honest, I generally dislike reading books that are midway through a series preferring to get to know a character and see them develop but something about No Way Home pulled me in. It can definitely be read as a standalone novel and I found myself being intrigued by Raker and wanted to know more about his backstory and if the rest of the books in the series are as good as No Way Home then I am in for a treat.
This is an entertaining and enthralling read about nine people who disappeared from a small village on Halloween. A small enclave of four houses make up Black Gale and the inhabitants found themselves the best of friends, socialising often and on the night in question having a party at one of the houses. Photos of the night are posted on social media with everybody in high spirits. When the son of one of the families can’t contact his parents he doesn’t immediately worry, it is only when the daughter of a neighbouring family calls to say her parents aren’t answering their phone that he begins to worry. Upon arrival at Black Gale he finds the hamlet abandoned, the houses pristine, the cars on the drives and the police find no evidence of foul play or of outside vehicles entering the area. So where are they?
No One Home is a Russian doll of a book, a mystery within a mystery within a mystery. I read a lot of crime and thriller books and one of the things I love most about the genre is trying to fit the pieces of the puzzle together. With No Way Home I had absolutely no clue what had happened and why. Even as the book progressed and the odd clue was dropped at my feet I still couldn’t work out where it fit in.
It is brilliantly plotted and paced with intrigue and suspense galore. Interspersed with Raker’s hunt for the Black Gale residents are chapters set in the mid 1980s concerning an American detective, Jo. She is the only female detective in the LA Police and has to work twice as hard as her male counterparts. I loved her chapters which are set during a heatwave in LA whilst the city is living in terror of a serial killer. My mind was spinning as I tried to work out where she fit in to Rakers hunt and I could feel the oppressive heat of west coast America lingering even as Raker explored a rainy village in Yorkshire.
I couldn’t put this book down, but also didn’t want it to end. It is an accomplished and sophisticated novel with exceptional characterisation and a cracking plot. I am thrilled to have discovered a new author of such a high calibre and if, like me, Tim Weaver is a new author to you I suggest you remedy that post-haste.
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My thanks to Netgalley and the publisher Michael Joseph for an advanced copy of the book in return for an honest, it was my pleasure.