The Blackbird

The Blackbird

The heart-pounding Sunday Times bestseller 2023 (David Raker Missing Persons 11)




'Tim Weaver is the master of clever, unpredictable plots' CLAIRE DOUGLAS
'If you haven't yet met Raker, you're in for a treat' MICK HERRON
'A fine addition to an excellent series' OBSERVER
'Brilliant . . . A jaw-dropping number of twists and turns. Truly excellent' B.A. PARIS

CCTV footage captures Cate and Aiden Gascoigne driving home seconds before their car plunges into a ravine and explodes.

When fire crews arrive, the vehicle is empty.

Cate and Aiden have vanished.

Missing persons investigator David Raker has solved too many impossible cases. He knows that behind every disappearance lies a dark tale waiting to be uncovered.

What he doesn't know is how dark this one is - or how close it will get to him . . .

'Shocking, gripping, heart-pounding, The Blackbird is unputdownable . . . Bloody brilliant' NIKKI MAY

'The impressive Weaver triumphs again with this intricate mystery' DAILY MAIL

'A wonderfully complex, riveting and engaging read that kept me glued to the pages from beginning to end with its sky high levels of suspense and tension' 5***** Reader Review

'A superb twisty crime thriller - writing at its very best. Will keep you on the edge of your seat and guessing right up to the end' 5***** Reader Review

'I always look forward to a new Raker but The Blackbird blew me away. Brilliantly plotted, deliciously dark and so clever and unpredictable I was left reeling as I turned the last page. I'm already eagerly awaiting Tim Weaver's next. A writer at the top of his game' Claire Douglas

'Taut and immersive, with all the hallmarks of a true crime novel' Catherine Steadman

'Incredibly well-paced, with menacing, clever twists - Raker is back in this stunning read from one of the masters of the genre. Tim Weaver goes from strength to strength and this is his best book yet' Phoebe Morgan

Top 3 Sunday Times bestseller, February 2023
Richard and Judy Book Club Pick, Spring 2023
Tim Weaver's books have sold over one million copies across all formats [Nielsen BookScan, April 2024]


  • I much enjoyed Tim Weaver 's latest, The Blackbird. It's a fine addition to an excellent series

About the author

Tim Weaver

Tim Weaver is the Sunday Times bestselling author of fourteen novels, including No One Home, The Blackbird and The Last Goodbye, and a short story collection. He is also the host and producer of the chart-topping Missing podcast and is currently developing an original TV series with the team behind Line of Duty. A former journalist and magazine editor, he lives near Bath with his wife and daughter.
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