I Am Missing
By Tim Weaver
David Raker is a private investigator hired by a man called Richard Kite. David Raker is used to finding missing persons but this case is different. Richard Kite, the man who hired him, is the missing person.Richard Kite has dissociative amnesia.
Who is Richard Kite and what connection does he have a woman who was discovered murdered?
I Am Missing by Tim Weaver first came to my attention via a promotional email. Despite having written several books this is the first one of his I had read.
After having read it I am unsure what I thought of it exactly. It felt disjointed somehow, like two separate books. Each one was interesting but somehow, they didn’t mesh.
However, that isn’t too say that this book isn’t readable. It is still an interesting read. Penny’s chapters, in particular were my favourite. If the whole book was like that then this book would be getting a five out of five.
David Raker is a private investigator hired by a man called Richard Kite. David Raker is used to finding missing persons but this case is different. Richard Kite, the man who hired him, is the missing person.
Richard Kite has dissociative amnesia:
“a condition where you forget important information…everything important to me is gone. I have no memory of who I am.”
He thinks his name is Richard because that is what came to mind when the first person asked him. He doesn’t know for sure though and Kite is a surname he plucked out of thin air. He thinks he grew up by the sea and has an overwhelming memory of looking out onto a beach. He feels this is a memory from his childhood but again he is not sure.
“He may only have been in his thirties, but he spoke like someone a lot older. The loss of such important memories – the idea of there being people who may have loved him, and who he may have loved back – had altered him.”
He was found near a lifeboat station and Raker recognises him in a vague way from the national and local press surrounding the discovery of him.
The police supposed he had been assaulted because his injuries seemed to indicate that this was the case but as he had no memory of the circumstances there was little he could do about it.
He was lucky that Reverend Parsons had called and offered him a job and help finding somewhere to stay. This was lucky as he had no NI number, no driving licence, no passport and no NHS number.
“Everything was back to front. Normally, financial traits, emails, texts and phone calls were how I began building a picture…With Richard Kite, the person I was trying to locate was sitting to feet in front of me.”
All he has to go on are the very small things Richard thinks he knows about himself so initially Raker is unsure how to help him.
Penny and her sister don’t know much about ‘The Brink’. What they do know is that some grown-ups claim that it is just the marshland that they need to avoid, others claim there are unexploded landmines, and others claim there is a monster. Penny and her sister are curious and can’t help trying to find out what is going on.
Who is Richard Kite? What connection does he have a woman who was discovered murdered? What is really hidden on the Brink?
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