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Publisher's Summary

Colm Healy used to be one of the Met's best detectives. Until, haunted by the unsolved murders of a mother and her twin daughters, his life was left in ruins. Missing persons investigator David Raker is the only friend Healy has left. The only one who understands that redemption rests on solving these murders. Their search will unravel a thread of tragedy spanning years and will force them to sacrifice everything they have left....

©2015 Tim Weaver (P)2015 W F Howes Ltd

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"Weaver has delivered another cracking crime thriller." ( Daily Mail)

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  • judith
  • 05-10-2015

Enjoyable listen

I wasn't as involved somehow in this story but it was enjoyable non the less. Twists and turns more than you initially think it will.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Salter
  • 17-05-2017

What Remains....

Overall, I enjoyed What Remains.

I found the story to be a little weaker than previous Raker tales that I've listened to. To me, some key aspects of the story didn't really make sense, and seemed like an afterthought from the author (although I appreciate they probably were not). There were times when I wondered whether I'd end up finishing this book early, but I am glad I stayed the course. It could have (and should have) been SO much better though!
On the positive side, there's plenty of intrigue and suspense...and the narration is excellent throughout.

On the whole, enjoyable, but I wouldn't shout from the rooftops about it...

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • H. Coombs
  • 20-02-2016

deeply irritating

What would have made What Remains better?

Poor Ben Allen - what a trial to read all this out loud. Once you notice the writing 'tics' (2 word adjective lists; dialogue beginning 'What the hell?....stating the obvious; constant reflection on what a hard time the narrator character is having; stock characters blah blah) you are sunk. This was a moderately good idea in search of an experienced and ruthless editor. It was a great relief when it finally stopped. Sorry.

Has What Remains put you off other books in this genre?

no - other people do it better

Have you listened to any of Ben Allen’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no - he survived this one well

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from What Remains?

Too numerous to mention - all the scenes that add nothing to the plot or characterisation

Any additional comments?

not really - too tired.

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  • Rebecca Carter
  • 01-11-2015

Tense and tragic

I love reading stories that I have not been able to work out the whole scenario right until the end. Brilliant.

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  • dj
  • 01-08-2015

Unbelievable story line


Too much repetition. Lack of substance. Continuity not always maintained which led to boredom. A short story prolonged to long.

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  • Ms. L. Chalkley
  • 23-07-2015

A dark, dark place

It took me a couple of goes to get in to 'What Remains' - just because the pacing is so particular and so different from the upbeat, chatty style I had been listening to (a la Christopher Fowler). What Remains puts you in the mind of David Raker - his inner monologue and the pace is almost real time and his time is pretty tortuous.

Raker becomes especially isolated as his hunt for a missing person leads him to a dark place, with even more secrets to keep. There are murderers and London history and when the plot twists hit, they are like slabs of rock falling from a cliff - seismic waves disorientating you as the whole story you thought you'd heard suddenly doesn't exist any longer.

I thought I might not be able to get into the pace, but I will always fondly remember this as the book that had me saying 'What?! What!?' and clutching my duvet, right up to the last five minutes. Stirling stuff. Where on earth will he go with the next Raker book? Kudos to Tim Weaver if he even attempts it!

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  • Mrs. E. M. Paterson
  • 15-05-2017

Enjoyed the book but a bit long winded in the middle

Overall I enjoyed the story but I got a bit cross with the character of Healey and how "patient" our hero is with him. Enjoyed the setting in London but Healey,s death/disappearance and the discovery of his body is implausible.

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  • GillyMel
  • 25-02-2016

good but long

I did enjoy this book however it dragged on a bit too long for me.

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  • patriciahulme
  • 15-12-2015

dreary narration

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

anyone who enjoys tedium

What will your next listen be?

Michael connelly

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Ben Allen?

Anyone who could make the story interesting, Robert Glenister is excellent. Michael Jayston is superb.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from What Remains?

A great many it was far too long and a lot of repetition

Any additional comments?

I have never been so glad to finish a book. Flat and uninteresting

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  • Border Reiver
  • 22-09-2015

What ?!

Have listened to the complete Raker series......wish I hadn't bothered with this one....but beautifully read !

5 of 7 people found this review helpful