An hour after leaving home, on a normal December day, Sam Wren gets onto a tube train - and never gets off again. No eyewitnesses. No trace of him on security cameras.
Six months later, he's still missing. Out of options and desperate for answers, Sam's wife, Julia, hires missing-persons investigator David Raker to track him down. In missing-person cases, the only certainty is that everyone has something to hide.…
©2012 Tim Weaver (P)2013 W F Howes Ltd
"Tense, complex, sometimes horrific, written with flair as well as care" (Guardian)
"Weaver has delivered another cracking crime thriller" (Daily Mail)
"Gentle who dunnit"
I really enjoyed this. I like who dunnit type stories but get really bored with the ever increasing violence that has to be described in gorey details. Fortunatley this is nothing of the sort. A who dunnit where although the 'crimes' are grim the descriptions are not overly grim, no nightmares with this but I wanted to know what happened.
"Good detective story, but a bit predictable"
This was entertaining enough, I enjoyed it overall, but I felt I was one step ahead of the game all the time. Not that keen on the narrator either, can't put my finger on it, but just found his voice difficult to warm to.
"The evidence said I was wasting my time, except..."
Next time, unlike the main character, I will listen to the voice of reason and switch it off. Readers of this review will be unsure if the voice of reason, or the story, will get switched off. Readers of the book are faced with the same sort of problem several times a chapter.
If I want to listen to a story read by someone who sounds like Michael Portillo in the early stages of learning regional accents, I would be willing to try another performance by this reader.
"A solid and rewarding listen"
Tim Weavers last outing left me wanting more, and with Vanished I really felt more connected to the characters. Unanswered questions where answered the plot was simple but engaging. I would say it is a slow starter, but the idea keeps you wanting more. The story builds and builds to an incredible last hour which makes it so worth while. Having over 60 titles in my library this is right up there With the titles I will always remember. It is not too long and does not drag on at any point. A short sharp focused listen which I would recommend to anyone who is interested in the more dark side of humanity.
"Not outstanding but entertaining"
didn't Guess ending!
I probably wouldn't. I bought this to make up a buy one get one free offer so wasn't one I specifically chose.
It's good but not amongst the best thrillers I've read.
He's a great narrator. Good voices and engaging.
"Most disgusting book I have listened to."
I love a good thriller but this book is quite horrible. I had to listen to the end to see if it had a good ending, but no it was terrible. Story is so violent. The reader is heavy and very difficult to listen to. I would like to return this book to audible. Not an enjoyable listen to at all and also difficult to follow the story.
"Not worth it"
Not an enjoyable listen. I stuck with it because I'd paid the money and like to listen in the car but it was constantly annoying, poorly written, bizarrely voiced and predictable. Not good.
"A wasteland full of trivia"
I do not know yet
I found his accent and intonation downright dull, no variety on tension or feeling I felt like drowning in banaltiy and blandness.
Utter boredom and anger that someone would waste my time like this. I kept on listening hoping the story would pick up and he would finally spare me details on tube stations but it went on and on. I had no choice but to put it down after the first part and I now will erase it from my memory forever.
Sorry but I'm really angry.
Narrative too confusing for an audiobook.
It would be better if the name of the main character was mentioned at the start of each of the earlier sections of the book.
Quite good. Male and female characters portrayed fairly well by lighter or deeper tone of voice.
Frustration in earlier chapters
"Vanished - good read"
Vanished - good read, really tense book, lots of twists and turns
Great narration from David
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