When a young man wakes up bruised and beaten, with no memory of who he is or where he came from, the press immediately dub him 'The Lost Man'.
Naming himself Richard Kite, he spends the next ten months desperately trying to find out who he is. But despite media appeals and the efforts of the police, no one knows him.
Richard's last hope may be private investigator David Raker - a seasoned locator of missing people. But Raker has more questions than answers.
Who is Richard Kite?
Why does no one know him?
And what links him to the body of a woman found beside a London railway line two years ago?
Could Richard be responsible for her death - or is he next?
Tim Weaver's I am Missing is an interesting twist on your typical missing persons story in so much as we know where the missing person is, we just don't know who he is, where he's from or how he came to be found unconscious on a Hampshire beach. Our missing person 'Richard Kite' or 'The Lost Man' as the media have nicknamed him has been diagnosed with dissociative amnesia so cannot remember anything about his past.
Frustrated at his lack of memory and fed up of living off the grid due to being unable to claim benefits or get a job as he has no national insurance number due to his unknown identity, Richard decides to contact renowned private investigator David Raker for help as the media coverage has not revealed any leads. For David it is an intriguing case as he's used to finding missing people not the other way round but after meeting Richard he decides to take on the case little knowing where the trail will take him and the fact that both their lives could potentially be in danger.
Despite this being the 8th book in the David Raker: Missing Persons series it was the first that I had read so I was a little hesitant at first but I needn't have worried as I soon found myself caught up in the compelling drama as it unfolded. Like Raker I was trying to put two and two together as I was racing to work out where the clues were taking us and what the connections were between some of the other characters that we meet.
I am Missing was a complex story that built as it progressed until it reached its intense conclusion. I was hooked from the start and really enjoyed my first taste of Tim Weaver's writing so if this is what I have in store for me I now need to go back to the start to discover the rest of the David Raker series.