Fall from Grace: #5: David Raker Novel

Fall from Grace


When Leonard Franks and his wife Ellie leave London for their dream retirement in the seclusion of Dartmoor, everything seems perfect. But then their new life is shattered. Leonard heads outside to fetch firewood from the back of the house – and never returns.


Nine months later, with the police investigation at a dead end, Leonard’s family turn to David Raker – a missing persons investigator with a gift for finding the lost. But nothing can prepare Raker for what he’s about to uncover.


Because, at the heart of this disappearance lies a devastating secret. And by the time Raker realises what it is, and how deep the lies go, it’s not just him in danger – it’s everyone he cares about.

If you are looking for an accomplished storyline, complex and a twist and turn around every corner then look no further than Tim Weaver’s Fall From Grace. A solid read, the narrative is powerful and helps keep the book on track from start to finish. Tim Weaver certainly knows how to spin a tale.

David Raker is back and this time he’s employed to find the father of a policewoman – DCI Melanie Craw – he has had numerous run-ins in the past and as I read this book the confrontation is still there, this time it’s muted – after all she’s desperate for his help and no one else can help. As you’d expect things are never what they appear on the surface and one of the great things about this book, you never quite know who to trust and it certainly keeps you guessing throughout.

Raker is a great protagonist and a character who isn’t infallible, he often finds himself in the most precarious of situations and Fall From Grace is no different, it’s just a case of whether he can talk his way out of this one. A character disliked by the boys in blue he is continually facing an uphill battle to find the missing but somehow he achieves it with the help of a few acquaintances.

The plotting is solid and just when you think you know where the book is going, the author changes gear and takes it somewhere else. The imagery is sumptuous; especially that of Bethlehem and the island, it certainly made me look it up on the internet. I wanted to know more about the island and if it really exists – I’ll leave you to discover what’s really out there!

With a descriptive and tension filled narrative, it’s easy to lose yourself in the storyline and there’s a variety of emotive passages waiting to hit you when you least expect it. Weaver’s at the top of his game and I for one can’t wait to see where Raker goes next.

  • Paperback: 592 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin (14 Aug 2014)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 1405913460
  • ISBN-13: 978-1405913461
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