No One Home by Tim Weaver reviewed

No One Home Book Cover No One Home
David Raker
Tim Weaver
Penguin UK - Michael Joseph
May 16, 2019

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 loved the opening of No One Home by Tim Weaver.  Having read all the Raker books so far I can happily say it is SO  Weaver/Raker.  Weaver so far has managed to come up with interesting and frequently original plot lines that work well in this series.  I often start them off and think “how an earth can you make this convincing?”.  Almost always I have to eat my words!  In this case , the 10th book, an entire village of 9 people has gone missing in a remote part of  Yorkshire.  The disappearance took place a couple of years before Raker started looking at the case.  He is only eventually persuaded to but his old friend Healy (good to see him back again).

The initial investigation suggests something very strange has happened however there are no obvious clues.  No One Home switches between the current investigation in and around Black Gale. the village in Yorkshire, and events that took place mainly in the ’80s in Los Angeles area of America.  It is obvious to anyone who reads this genre of books that the two threads will come together eventually.

Having read and reviewed so many of Raker books it is hard to come up with new words to describe the excellent characters that Weaver writes.  Raker is certainly one of my few favourite UK characters these days and remains very good.  The other characters are well worked in the main – you even get a reasonable feel for some of the people who are missing.

There is excellent writing here as always and the scene setting is good.  The tension and pace were fairly low key to me for quite sometime however the end brings a very high level of both.  I doubt many people would wish to put this down in the latter stages.

As I said at the start No One Home is an unusual story. How can an entire village/hamlet go missing and leave no trace?  However that is what Raker does – he solves these sort of cases though never one quite like this before.  In the end I don’t think I was fully convinced by this story compared to some in the series.  If it is not my favourite I have to say that  a less than favourite Tim Weaver book is far better than many books I read!  A must for fans however newcomers should probably start earlier in the series to get to know the characters better.  For me Tim Weaver remains one of the best UK authors of such thrillers.  My review of the previous book is here.

Note – I received an advance digital copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for a fair review