Monday 27 January 2020

✪ Mr Nobody ✪ Catherin Steadman ✪

  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • (February 1, 2020)
  • Length: 384 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781471192265

A psychiatrist treating a man with no memory discovers that her patient knows far more about her past than his own in a gripping psychological thriller from the New York Times bestselling author of Something in the Water.

Who is Mr. Nobody?

When a man is found on a British beach, drifting in and out of consciousness, with no identification and unable to speak, interest in him is sparked immediately. From the hospital staff who find themselves inexplicably drawn to him, to international medical experts who are baffled by him, to the national press who call him Mr. Nobody, everyone wants answers. Who is this man? And what happened to him?

Some memories are best forgotten.

Neuropsychiatrist Dr. Emma Lewis is asked to assess the patient in a small town deep in the English countryside. This is her field of expertise, this is the chance she’s been waiting for, and this case could make her name known across the world. But therein lies the danger. Emma left this same town fourteen years ago and has taken great pains to cover all traces of her past since then.

Places aren't haunted . . . people are.

But now something—or someone—is calling her back. And the more time she spends with her patient, the more alarmed she becomes that he knows the one thing about her that nobody is supposed to know.

ARC received from Simon and Schuster Australia for an honest review

I was intrigued by the premise of Mr Nobody - the man with no memory? Let me at it to figure out what is going on.

However, I did find that there was too much other stuff going on as well, when I wanted to be focused on our man.

I switched between being really intrigued by this story, to moments of "what the heck is this all about?"

Whilst Emma's past has a part to play in the telling of this tale, I felt there was too much focus on is.  He past and connections could have been summed up in a chapter or two and we could have gotten on with Mr Nobody's tale.

I did like the way his story came out, and I did kinda sorta get vibes of that Richard Gere/Edward Norton movie Primal Fear (am I letting my age show here?)

After the drawn out body of the book, the ending also felt rushed to me, and everything tied up too quickly.

But this could just be me.

I wanted to like this one more than I did.

Catherine Steadman is an actress and writer based in North London. She is known for her roles in Downton Abbey and Tutankhamun, starring alongside Sam Neill, as well as shows including Breathless, The Inbetweeners, The Tudors, and Fresh Meat.

In 2017 Catherine will feature in political thriller Fearless and new BBC comedy Bucket. She also has appeared on stage in the West End including Oppenheimer for the RSC, for which she was nominated for a 2016 Laurence Olivier Award.