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Tim Weaver is a British author that writes the David Raker series. Weaver, who was born in 1977 in Bath, England, spent several years in videogame journalism, working for the likes of N64 Magazine and Xbox World.
Order of David Raker Missing Persons Series
|1||Chasing the Dead||2009||Description / Buy|
|2||The Dead Tracks||2011||Description / Buy|
|3||Vanished||2012||Description / Buy|
|4||Never Coming Back||2013||Description / Buy|
|5||Fall from Grace||2014||Description / Buy|
|6||What Remains||2015||Description / Buy|
|7||Broken Heart||2016||Description / Buy|
|8||I Am Missing||2017||Description / Buy|
|9||You Were Gone||2019||Description / Buy|
|10||No One Home||2019||Description / Buy|
|11||The Blackbird||2022||Description / Buy|
Order of Tim Weaver Standalone Novels
|1||Missing Pieces||2021||Description / Buy|
Tim Weaver Anthologies
|1||#Youdunnit||2013||Description / Buy|
He came to fame when ‘Chasing the Dead,’ his first novel, debuted, winning the praise of publications like The Guardian. The book introduced David Raker to the world, and it was the first in a series.
Weaver used his experiences to create Raker, a protagonist who leaves his journalism career to look after his sick wife. The author decided to saddle Raker with missing persons cases because the notion of missing persons in a world with CCTV on every corner and phone cameras fascinated him.
It took Weaver ten years to get the novel published. The author spent his childhood reading thrillers. As he matured, the young adult became interested in crime fiction, falling for legends such as MacDonald, Micheal Connelly, and Chandler.
Weaver has come quite a long way since those early days. Though, writing has not become easier. The author doesn’t plan his novels. He wants the story to guide him. The process is stressful, but it has never disappointed him. Additionally, writing by the seat of his pants allows Weaver’s novels to surprise him along the way.
That being said, the activity is still a chore. The author has moments with every novel where he doubts himself and his ability to tell interesting stories. These bouts of doubt typically occur between the 40,000 and 70,000-word mark. He will look back at everything he’s written thus far and decide that it’s terrible.
Once those thoughts set in, Weaver has to work harder than usual to get ahead. But the results are always worth it, especially when he sees his books on shelves and the positive reviews start pouring in.
The author does most of his writing in the evening because he has a day job. He takes his cup of tea at 7:30 pm while he reads the last chapter he wrote. Then he writes from 8 pm to 11 pm.
In between, he takes a short break to consume another cup of tea. Weaver wants to enter his bed by midnight. But on most days, falling asleep is a struggle.
The author looks forward to the nights when he finally finishes a manuscript and submits it because the achievement shows that, once again, he defeated the doubts frequently buzzing in his head.
Weaver’s only regret is that he never celebrates. He forgot to celebrate his first book, and the same thing has continued to happen with each new manuscript. The most he has ever done is book a week-long holiday.
Despite the challenges, the author loves his life. He cannot believe that people pay him to write fiction. Weaver cannot imagine a better career.
Tim Weaver Awards
Weaver’s work was nominated for the Specsavers National Book Awards.
Best Tim Weaver Books
The author doesn’t spend every second of his life writing. Because he doesn’t allow himself to read while writing a manuscript, Weaver waits until he finishes the manuscript, and then he reads to his heart’s content. The author is also a fan of movies, TV shows, and video games. Weaver’s best books include:
No One Home: David Raker has an incredibly difficult case on his hands. The victims attended a party on Halloween. They decided to play hide and seek in the dark moors. Unfortunately, all the partiers were drunk. No one saw them again.
The small village of Black Gale was left with questions the police couldn’t answer. This led the victims’ families to David Raker’s doorstep.
Chasing the Dead: David Raker’s wife was gone, and the grief threatened to overwhelm him. But he had a case, one he couldn’t ignore. Mary Towne understood David’s pain. Her son, Alex, was gone.
But her demands were bizarre. She was confident that Alex was alive because she had seen him. David wasn’t convinced. It wasn’t uncommon for grieving people to see their loved ones long after they had passed away.
Her mind was clearly playing tricks on her. But he couldn’t dismiss her as a raving lunatic. He knew that she needed closure, and he was ready to give it to her. But then he started investigating the case and found evidence that changed his perception of Mary’s claims.
When Does The Next Tim Weaver book come out?
Tim Weaver doesn't seem to have an upcoming book. Their newest book is The Blackbird and was released on June, 9th 2022. It is the newest book in the David Raker Missing Persons Series.