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Just before the crash, Cate and Aiden Gascoigne are recorded on CCTV. The couple are laughing, happy.

Then their car plunges into a ninety-foot ravine.

Within seconds, the vehicle is an inferno – and the Gascoignes are trapped inside. But when fire crews arrive, they find something impossible.

The vehicle is empty.

Cate and Aiden have vanished.


Missing persons investigator David Raker is hired by Cate’s family to find out what happened.

But this is a mystery that won’t easily give up its secrets.

As Raker links Cate and Aiden’s disappearance to an unsolved thirty-year-old murder, he doesn’t realise he’s set something terrible in motion . . .


. . . and it will bring him and his ally, former detective Colm Healy, into the crosshairs of a killer like no other.

Praise For The David Raker Series:

‘Terrific’ Sunday Times

‘Packed with twists’ Daily Express

‘What a talent’ Daily Mail

‘Impressive’ Guardian

© Tim Weaver 2022 (P) Penguin Audio 2022

Critics 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
  • A brilliant missing persons mystery with plenty of intrigue and a jaw-dropping number of twists and turns. Truly excellent

    B A Paris
  • 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
  • Shocking, gripping, heart-pounding, The Blackbird is unputdownable… Bloody brilliant

    Nikki May
  • Taut and immersive, with all the hallmarks of a true crime novel

    Catherine Steadman
  • A killer concept, and a twisty, addictive tale. Fabulous!

    Gytha Lodge

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