Mr. Nobody
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.

Mr. Nobody Details

TitleMr. Nobody
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJan 7th, 2020
PublisherBallantine Books
ISBN-139781524797683
Rating
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Mystery Thriller

Mr. Nobody Review

  • Nilufer Ozmekik
    January 1, 1970
    Welcome to the disappointment palace! There is no vacancy for riveting thriller you’re looking for! Sorry! You had a bad start for the busy season. I know when you spend your time with the beach, you noticed “Something in the water” and you enjoyed your experience with that book and I know you love short term memory loss, amnesia stories! For compensation: maybe you should request more upcoming thrillers and if your fairy godmother NetGalley likes your credit score, wow sorry reading Welcome to the disappointment palace! There is no vacancy for riveting thriller you’re looking for! Sorry! You had a bad start for the busy season. I know when you spend your time with the beach, you noticed “Something in the water” and you enjoyed your experience with that book and I know you love short term memory loss, amnesia stories! For compensation: maybe you should request more upcoming thrillers and if your fairy godmother NetGalley likes your credit score, wow sorry reading performance, they may send you some better stuff (Or you may choose better stuffs dumbass! And stop dancing! This is not celebration. You hit your head at the 3 starred-nope it’s not even 3 star worthy, let’s say 2.5 and rounded it up for honoring the memory of the previous book of the author- mediocre train which moves to Switzerland.)At the beginning I was so sure I found something so intriguing, delicious and exciting. A man opens his eyes at the seaside, having no idea who he is and what he is doing there. So the authorities bring Dr. Emma Lewis for solving the mystery and bringing the man’s memory back. Wait a minute! Maybe he knows something more about himself. Hey, could he also know more about doctor’s past, the secrets she kept about her childhood and her family?Well, I think first half of the book was crazy train ride. I didn’t want to stop reading. I carry this book glued to my body like a regular internal organ. My appointment with dentist was so entertaining because I was laughing so hard with excitement and flipping the pages without hearing anyone. ( My doctor forgot me locked in his office but I didn’t care. I had my laughing gas and this great book) But when we move to the second half I started to hear the alarm bells blaring in my head. This book could end in a twisted and surprising way or shit hits the fan and it loses its direction and makes you curse about the nonsense ending. Unfortunately second option happened. The ending… arrgghhkk… yes the ending made me bring out the inner green giant ( of course I consumed 4 cups of Americano so I was green giant with shaky hands!) and I kept punching the wall and screaming: “What did you do? Why did you screw things up?” And yes: my dreamy, riveting reading turned into semi-disaster: 5 starred reading turned into one star. So my average score fell to 3 stars ! It was really promising start and disastrous ending journey for me! Like going to honeymoon at Turk and Caicos Islands and trapped in your hotel room because of never ending rain. (Wow! Sorry that’s my honeymoon but at least I had a freezer full of alcohol and my husband watched at least 30 soccer games so both of us were so happy, delighted, over the moon! Yes it was not as bad experience as the book gave me.)Overall: I was so close to love this book and gave so many shiny stars (I planned to buy a star and name with this book after my third glass of Malbec. Thankfully in the morning I reconsidered my decision.) but end of the book hurt my feelings. I still want to read more works of the author because I enjoyed “something in the water” and of course first half of the book, two POVed story-telling were great. It’s normal to expect more from a talented author but fingers crossed I know I’m gonna love the next book.Special thanks to NetGalley and Random House/Ballantine Books for sharing this ARC COPY in exchange my honest review.
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  • Chelsea Humphrey
    January 1, 1970
    I take no pleasure in writing reviews for books I found less than thrilling, but unfortunately Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman ticked only a few of my boxes. Perhaps it is having read too many books in the genre, but I found the pacing to be slow to the point of crippling, and the climax lacked the twists and turns I expected based on the author's previous novel, Something in the Water. If you enjoy psychological thrillers that feature amnesia storylines, this might work well for you, and I I take no pleasure in writing reviews for books I found less than thrilling, but unfortunately Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman ticked only a few of my boxes. Perhaps it is having read too many books in the genre, but I found the pacing to be slow to the point of crippling, and the climax lacked the twists and turns I expected based on the author's previous novel, Something in the Water. If you enjoy psychological thrillers that feature amnesia storylines, this might work well for you, and I encourage you to give it a try for yourself. The cover is stunning, and I will definitely give the author's next book a try.*Many thanks to the publisher for providing my review copy via NetGalley.
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  • Liz
    January 1, 1970
    2.5 stars, rounded upCatherine Steadman scored big with Something in the Water, although it wasn’t a particular favorite of mine. But I was still curious to see what she would do with her sophomore effort. The book opens with a man awakening on the beach, wounded, with only hazy memories. Among the missing memories are how he got there and what his name is. Dr. Emma Lewis is brought in to oversee his case. She wants to see if this is truly a fugue state, a case of Retrograde amnesia, the loss of 2.5 stars, rounded upCatherine Steadman scored big with Something in the Water, although it wasn’t a particular favorite of mine. But I was still curious to see what she would do with her sophomore effort. The book opens with a man awakening on the beach, wounded, with only hazy memories. Among the missing memories are how he got there and what his name is. Dr. Emma Lewis is brought in to oversee his case. She wants to see if this is truly a fugue state, a case of Retrograde amnesia, the loss of all personal memories.I’m not a big fan of books where the main character is privy to information that isn’t shared with the reader. Here, we quickly learn that something happened in Emma’s teen years that caused the family to move away and change their names. But we aren’t told what. It soon becomes apparent that Mr. Nobody knows what has happened as well. Despite the irritation at the author’s little trick of misinformation, the book moves at a fast clip and kept my interest. The book is written so that Mr. Nobody’s sections are written in the third person and Emma’s in the first person. At times, it feels that she’s almost talking to the reader. It allows the author to slip in little psychological bits of knowledge, like defining blindsight. His sections bring you forward from the time he is discovered, hers don’t start until after he’s been in care for six days and she’s brought in to consult. So, there is initially a back and forth jostling in the time. There are other characters which also kept my interest. In fact, my favorite part of the book was the drama between Chris and Zara and I wish their story had played a bigger part overall. So, I was all happy with this book until about 80% in when it completely falls apart. The ending was so nonsensical that all my earlier happiness with this book just disappeared. Seriously, I would have graded the first part of the book 4 stars and the ending at 1. My thanks t netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book.
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  • Mandy White
    January 1, 1970
    Something In the Water was a 5 star read for me that blew me away. When given the chance to read Catherine Steadmans new book Mr Nobody I jumped at the chance. While for me this one wasn’t as addictive as her first book, I still really enjoyed it. It took me a while to get into the story but once I did I was really sucked in and wanting to know how it would end. Every time I thought I had it worked out it twisted again. The ending was a little bizarre and over the top and not at all how I saw it Something In the Water was a 5 star read for me that blew me away. When given the chance to read Catherine Steadmans new book Mr Nobody I jumped at the chance. While for me this one wasn’t as addictive as her first book, I still really enjoyed it. It took me a while to get into the story but once I did I was really sucked in and wanting to know how it would end. Every time I thought I had it worked out it twisted again. The ending was a little bizarre and over the top and not at all how I saw it going A man is found on a beach in Norfolk with no identification. He is. It speaking and appears to have no memory. He is taken to hospital and is soon the talk of the media. Doctor Emma Lewis never thought she would return to the beach town she grew up in. But when she is asked to help Mr Nobody she has to face her past. She is an expert in this field and is intrigued by the man. Who is he, where did he come from and what is going on in his brain? Thanks to Simon and Schuster Australia and Netgalley for my advanced copy of this book to read. ALl opinions are my own and are in no way biased
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  • Holly
    January 1, 1970
    Emma Lewis is a leader in her field of memory loss and is chosen to work on a case that will challenge her to determine the diagnosis — is it retrograde amnesia, fugue or lying. It will require her to return to her home town, which she and her family changed their names and left 14 years ago. But Emma knows it’s a big opportunity for her career because these cases are so rare.This perfect offer out of the blue, this opportunity, the chance I’ve been waiting for. But I’d have to go there? Why Emma Lewis is a leader in her field of memory loss and is chosen to work on a case that will challenge her to determine the diagnosis — is it retrograde amnesia, fugue or lying. It will require her to return to her home town, which she and her family changed their names and left 14 years ago. But Emma knows it’s a big opportunity for her career because these cases are so rare.This perfect offer out of the blue, this opportunity, the chance I’ve been waiting for. But I’d have to go there? Why does it have to be there of all the places in the world? I’ve spent fourteen years of my life trying to get away from that place, what happened there, and now … now I find out that the only way forward, the only way out, is back....if I’m honest, it scares me. My face out there connected and connected and connected until it all leads back to that one night. The night when my whole world was shattered and it was easier to just throw the whole thing in the trash than try to fix it.Both main characters have issues with the past — Emma hides her past whereas Mr. Nobody has no past. He was found on a beach and has no memory of who he is or where he came from. It’s up to Emma to determine whether she can help him to remember. But she is having problems of her own.His world shrinks to a pinhead and then dilates so wide, suddenly terrifyingly borderless. He has no edges anymore. Who is he? He has no self. He feels the panic roaring inside him, escalating, his heart tripping faster. His mind frantically searches for something—anything—to grab a hold of, his eyes wildly scanning the landscape around him. But there is no escape from it, the void. He is here and there is no before. There are no answers.I’ve been so focused on putting those pieces—and you—back together again that somewhere along the way I came apart at the seams.What a fun ride this was! It had all the elements of a great psychological thriller — suspense, mystery, twists and turns, hard to put down, kept you guessing, etc. I was in the minority with my response to Steadman’s previous work (Something in the Water). It just didn’t float my boat! (LOL). I was hesitant to read another book by Steadman but ultimately decided to take the chance and I am so glad I did. Mr. Nobody grabbed me right from the start and kept me turning the pages as fast as possible. The premise was fascinating and the execution did it justice. This is a compelling story that you won’t be able to put down. I thought I had figured some of it out but I was happy to learn I was wrong. Mr. Nobody is a unique story that you won’t feel you’ve read before. The premise is fascinating and the execution does it justice.Thank you to Random House Publishing Group - Ballantine Books and NetGalley for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    A man washes up on a British beach, with no memory of who he is, or how he got there. Is he the perfect study of retrograde amnesia or fugue? Or is he lying? Dr. Emma Lewis is asked to take on the case. But, why is the government so interested in “Mr. Nobody”? (dubbed Matthew by a caring nurse) And, why is this case so secretive that Dr. Lewis must sign a Non disclosure agreement, and risk her own secrets being exposed? I was left with some unanswered questions, and not in a “there must be a A man washes up on a British beach, with no memory of who he is, or how he got there. Is he the perfect study of retrograde amnesia or fugue? Or is he lying? Dr. Emma Lewis is asked to take on the case. But, why is the government so interested in “Mr. Nobody”? (dubbed Matthew by a caring nurse) And, why is this case so secretive that Dr. Lewis must sign a Non disclosure agreement, and risk her own secrets being exposed? I was left with some unanswered questions, and not in a “there must be a sequel coming” way..At times, I was completely intrigued, but through much of the book I wanted to skim, so although Matthew’s identity surprised me, the pace was just too slow for me to rate this over 3 stars..Though, I sometimes love a slow burn, in this case, the therapist/patient story fell a bit flat...especially when compared to “The Silent Patient” which I read and loved earlier this year..Thank You to Netgalley, Ballantine Books and Catherine Steadman for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review! This title will be released on Jan 7, 2020!
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  • Ceecee
    January 1, 1970
    4 - 5 stars. Title is Mr Nobody! A man in his forties is found on beautiful Holkham Beach, Norfolk on a winters day, he’s soaked to the skin, he’s freezing cold and has no shoes on. He has no memory of who he is or how he got there - just fleeting thoughts and something written on his hand which he removes. Dr Emma Lewis is in her early 30’s, is a neuropsychologist and she is asked by a more experienced and well known American specialist to investigate. Does Mr Nobody have retrograde amnesia 4 - 5 stars. Title is Mr Nobody! A man in his forties is found on beautiful Holkham Beach, Norfolk on a winters day, he’s soaked to the skin, he’s freezing cold and has no shoes on. He has no memory of who he is or how he got there - just fleeting thoughts and something written on his hand which he removes. Dr Emma Lewis is in her early 30’s, is a neuropsychologist and she is asked by a more experienced and well known American specialist to investigate. Does Mr Nobody have retrograde amnesia from a brain injury or is it a more rare psychological trauma or fugue? The story is told principally from Emma’s point of view and Mr Nobody. Emma is very conflicted about taking the case because of something in her past which occurred in Norfolk but she decides to overcome her fears of returning to the area in the hope that something good can come out of something bad. The novel has dual mysteries- who exactly is Mr Nobody (christened Matthew meaning gift from God), what is wrong with him and what lurks in Emma’s past. Do they connect in any way? If so, how and why. This well written story is both intriguing and fascinating, there is tension and excitement which kept my interest throughout. The author keeps tantalising the reader with little snippets of information and I lapped it up! The setting of Norfolk (Holkham, Holt, Burnham Market etc) adds greatly to the atmosphere, there are some very good scenes especially on the beach. The characters are good and very likeable with the exception of journalist Zara Poole who is career driven and doesn’t think of consequences in the pursuit of a story and making a name for herself. I really like the fascinating science and medical information, for example about fMRI’s, the science of the brain which is so well explained for this science numpty! Overall, a good read. There are some sections that are maybe a bit over dramatic and I am uncertain whether what happens to Mr Nobody (no spoilers!) is indeed possible but the concept is so original that it doesn’t matter if it is or isn’t. The climax is exciting and probably not achievable for a normal human (ok for a Hollywood stunt person!) but it is so creative that artistic licence wins the day! Recommended. Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for the ARC.
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  • Elyse Walters
    January 1, 1970
    Emma Lewis, 30 years old - lead consultant neuropsychologist- works in a busy London hospital.She specializes in the field of memory loss. She also spent fourteen years trying to forget one awful night from her childhood village in Norfolk. She had entered a witness protection program, years ago. Emma wants to accept a prestigious job which would send her back to Norfolk. She’s terrified at the thought of going back to where she fled, but wants to be the head honcho on the high profile ‘Mr. Emma Lewis, 30 years old - lead consultant neuropsychologist- works in a busy London hospital.She specializes in the field of memory loss. She also spent fourteen years trying to forget one awful night from her childhood village in Norfolk. She had entered a witness protection program, years ago. Emma wants to accept a prestigious job which would send her back to Norfolk. She’s terrified at the thought of going back to where she fled, but wants to be the head honcho on the high profile ‘Mr. Nobody’ case......a case that the government had the upper power. Emma needed to sign a confidential non-disclaimer waiver agreement - in order to work with a patient she was qualified for.Of course we wonder why. A noticeable familiar theme stands out... similar to Gillian Flynn’s thriller, “Sharp Objects”, where the protagonist returns home - in part-to face her own damaged family history.Emma will do the same. Mr. Nobody has no memory of who he is - why he was soaking wet, freezing, barefoot - washed up like a fish on the sand from the ocean. It was a chilly winter day on Holkham Beach in Norfolk. Mr. Nobody notices a name written on his hand....seems clear that he’ll ‘remember’ it, then quickly wipes it off. My ‘first’ interest ... was the ‘setting’. I’ve been to the UK, but never to Holkham Beach ( my loss)...it’s looks gorgeous.... with miles and miles of sand, pine trees and dunes. Swimming, though, is not recommended. I liked the lovely beach atmosphere. A little fun tidbit: Gwyneth Paltrow walked this beach in the movie, “ Shakespeare in Love”. Regardless of Emma’s fear to return to Norfolk, she takes the job of working with ‘Mr. Nobody’, ( they named him Matthew).Early diagnosis suggests Matthew was suffering from retrograde amnesia (RA), dissociative fugue.The onset of RA is usually caused by an accident or disease. It can be a temporary condition or it can be permanent. Or....Matthew could simply be a ‘Mr.Nobody-liar. The two protagonists: Emma and Mathew develop a an uncommon Dr./patient relationship. Matthew knows things about Dr. Lewis... things that happened in her past. Emma knows about her past, too, but readers are left in the dark about both of their past histories. Emma’s chapters are written in first person. The other chapters, written in third person narrated by Matthew.The supporting characters, (a police officer, ( Chris), his wife/journalist, ( Zara), and a nurse, ( Rhoda), add to the overall story but clearly have issues of their own. Some of the side drama was more interesting than the main story. Everyone had issues - everyone had a back story. Potentially there was a fascinating medical/memory/ psychological-thriller-tale to be told ....with a strong beginning. Unfortunately, a very slow pacing kicked in and never seemed to find its ground. It was as if the writing itself sabotaged it’s own story....leaving behind amoronic preposterous ending. 2.5 >> stretching to 3 stars
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  • Julie (JuJu)
    January 1, 1970
    Ms. Steadman’s debut, “Something in the Water” was one of my first NetGalley reads. I loved it, so I was excited when I saw her second book on NG!The story of Dr. Emma Lewis and Mr. Nobody really peaked my interest at times, but ultimately left me with too many questions. The premise and writing are fantastic and I think the story had the potential to be really great. But it was bogged down with too many details and the ending didn’t do it for me. It didn’t have the “thrill” factor that keeps me ‪Ms. Steadman’s debut, “Something in the Water” was one of my first NetGalley reads. I loved it, so I was excited when I saw her second book on NG!‬‪The story of Dr. Emma Lewis and Mr. Nobody really peaked my interest at times, but ultimately left me with too many questions. The premise and writing are fantastic and I think the story had the potential to be really great. But it was bogged down with too many details and the ending didn’t do it for me. It didn’t have the “thrill” factor that keeps me engaged and wanting to flip the pages.‬‪I’ll admit my expectations were high after reading her first book, so I was disappointed in this one. It looks like I might be in the minority on this one.‬Thank you to NetGalley, Ballantine Book and Catherine Steadman for this digital ARC, in exchange for my honest review! #NetGalley #MrNobody #[email protected] My Rating: 3.5 ⭐️’s (rounding down to 3) Published: January 7th 2020 by Ballantine BooksPages: 320Recommend: Yes, but you might be disappointed if you read her first book.
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  • Faith
    January 1, 1970
    I liked the author's first book, “Something in the Water”. Unfortunately, her second book was an example of disappointing nonsense in which the reader is just strung along by the ridiculous plot. I feel like I was led on a wild goose chase. I can’t really explain how annoying this book was without spoilers, so I’ll hide the rest of this review. (view spoiler)[Dr. Emma Lewis is a psychiatrist specializing in amnesia cases. When the leading expert in the field is otherwise occupied, Emma is called I liked the author's first book, “Something in the Water”. Unfortunately, her second book was an example of disappointing nonsense in which the reader is just strung along by the ridiculous plot. I feel like I was led on a wild goose chase. I can’t really explain how annoying this book was without spoilers, so I’ll hide the rest of this review. (view spoiler)[Dr. Emma Lewis is a psychiatrist specializing in amnesia cases. When the leading expert in the field is otherwise occupied, Emma is called in to treat a patient who was discovered on a beach in Norfolk. He has no memories of who he is or how he got to the beach and it appears that he may present a rare case of fugue, or psychologically induced amnesia. They decide to call him Matthew. While Matthew has no memories, Emma has way too many of them, because it turns out that she used to live in Norfolk but she and her mother and brother were forced to leave there 14 years ago following “an incident”. Strangely, Matthew (who remembers nothing) seems to have some knowledge of the “incident”. Emma sort of describes the “incident” at about the 50% point in the book. But that’s just a tease. She doesn’t get to the heart of the story until the 65% point. It doesn’t matter anyway, because it turns out that the incident has absolutely nothing to do with anything else in the book. You can safely ignore it. The real crux of the story is that Matthew has gone to extraordinary lengths to get a second opinion. None of this was believable. In case we needed more silliness, the author threw in a love interest for Emma, a married man she has known for about 12 minutes. I feel used, abused and duped by this book. I listened to the audiobook, read by the author. Sadly, she read the entire book with an urgent whisper, and she cannot do male voices at all. 2.5 stars (hide spoiler)]I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.
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  • Kylie H
    January 1, 1970
    There are quite a few twists and turns in this story and I was intrigued right from the beginning. Emma is a neuropsychiatrist who specialises in memory disorders. She is presented with a case that appears to be exactly what she has been working toward.In proceeding further it appears that the case may be linked with a past that she has tried very hard to bury.I cannot say too much without giving this away but I was really enjoying this and then a bit disappointed with the way it all ended up. I There are quite a few twists and turns in this story and I was intrigued right from the beginning. Emma is a neuropsychiatrist who specialises in memory disorders. She is presented with a case that appears to be exactly what she has been working toward.In proceeding further it appears that the case may be linked with a past that she has tried very hard to bury.I cannot say too much without giving this away but I was really enjoying this and then a bit disappointed with the way it all ended up. I think it became a bit over the top and this detracted a little.Still a good read, thank you Simon & Schuster for the paperback ARC that I received.
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  • Louise Wilson
    January 1, 1970
    A man is found on a beach is Norfolk. He does not know who he is or why he is there. The only thing he remembers is the name of the woman who found him. A well known neuropsychiatric, Dr. Emma Lewes has been called in to assist investigating this case, but in doing so, she will be returning to the village of her childhood that she had fled from when something bad had happened. But "Mr Nobody" appears to know certain things about her, even though he can't remember things in his own past.This A man is found on a beach is Norfolk. He does not know who he is or why he is there. The only thing he remembers is the name of the woman who found him. A well known neuropsychiatric, Dr. Emma Lewes has been called in to assist investigating this case, but in doing so, she will be returning to the village of her childhood that she had fled from when something bad had happened. But "Mr Nobody" appears to know certain things about her, even though he can't remember things in his own past.This st5has a slow pace and in parts, it seemed to drag on a bit. It does have an interesting take on amnesia and whether people can fake having it. The author has done her research into memory loss before writing this book. The final reveal was a bit disappointing and the ending was rushed. There are several twists as the story unfolds. I could not warm to any of the characters who were complex. The loose ends were all tied up nicely by the end of the book.I would like to thank NetGalley, Simon and Schuster and the author Catherine Steadman for my ARC in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Dale Harcombe
    January 1, 1970
    A man is found on a Norfolk beach. He has no identification on him and is unable or unwilling to speak. Who is this man? How did he come to be on this beach and why is he not communicating with anyone? As the media gets hold of the story they dub him Mr Nobody. Rhoda a nurse at the hospital to which he is taken gives him the name Matthew. Neuropsychiatrist Dr Emma Lewis is called upon to assess this patient. Such a high profile case would make her well known. Ambition for her career wants this. A man is found on a Norfolk beach. He has no identification on him and is unable or unwilling to speak. Who is this man? How did he come to be on this beach and why is he not communicating with anyone? As the media gets hold of the story they dub him Mr Nobody. Rhoda a nurse at the hospital to which he is taken gives him the name Matthew. Neuropsychiatrist Dr Emma Lewis is called upon to assess this patient. Such a high profile case would make her well known. Ambition for her career wants this. But there is also a problem, as to assess him she would need to return to the place she left fourteen years before. Since then she has had a change of name and managed to do her best to erase all traces of her past. Dare she go back? But the temptation to investigate this case is just too much. Despite her misgivings she goes. But what will it mean for Emma? Can she help this patient? And how does this mystery man seem to know so much about her and her early life?The story is told from the man’s point of view and also that of Emma’s and that makes for engaging reading. It’s particularly interesting hearing about dissociative fugue states as well as the way the memory can at times play tricks. I found the incident about the lost in the mall experiment on page 168 and people’s responses to it fascinating. For much of this novel I was thoroughly intrigued. But then it started to veer off into areas I found hard to accept. Some of the ending chapters and events I found too far-fetched. A lot of eye rolling went on. I questioned whether the actions were even possible. However others may not have as much a problem with it. But it did pull my rating down.I have a feeling this is going to be one of those books that some people really respond to and others not so much. So best to make up your own mind on this one. There were also a number of errors in the text where words were misplaced or omitted. Hopefully this will be fixed before the published copy goes out. My thanks go to Simon & Schuster for my uncorrected proof copy to read and review. Because of the ending three stars was the best I could give this despite my interest in earlier chapters of the book.
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  • Kristy
    January 1, 1970
    Emma Lewis is neuropsychiatrist, who is surprised when she's asked to work on a case for a newsworthy patient. Dubbed "Mr. Nobody," he's a man found on a British beach, in wet clothes and without any identification. He won't speak and the hospital staff are all drawn to him. But for Emma to take the case, it means returning to a place that she left fourteen years ago in disgrace--a place she's worked to leave behind and erase any signs of herself from. "Why can't I remember? Why can't I Emma Lewis is neuropsychiatrist, who is surprised when she's asked to work on a case for a newsworthy patient. Dubbed "Mr. Nobody," he's a man found on a British beach, in wet clothes and without any identification. He won't speak and the hospital staff are all drawn to him. But for Emma to take the case, it means returning to a place that she left fourteen years ago in disgrace--a place she's worked to leave behind and erase any signs of herself from. "Why can't I remember? Why can't I remember my name? The weight of what this means bears down on him with each cold snatched breath he takes. Fear pumping through him, primal and quickening. Oh God. It's all gone. His world shrinks to a pinhead and then dilates so wide, suddenly terrifyingly borderless." This book started out like gangbusters. Alternating between Emma and Mr. Nobody, whom the hospital staff quickly dubs Matthew, I was drawn in immediately. Who on earth is Matthew, why can't he remember who he is, and what is his deal? But there were a few issues. Emma clearly has a backstory. Yes, something happened to her fourteen years ago. To me, this is the equivalent of "vaguebooking"--you know when someone posts something on Facebook or social media: "Something horrible has happened. Oh woe is me." And then all their friends have to either guess, or say "Oh I'm so sorry," but the poster never actually tells you what happened? I'm sorry, but in books, after a while, dragging this all out is too much. Just freaking tell us what happened to you, Emma, or stop alluding to it! So Emma and Matthew, of course, surpass patient/doctor boundaries, finding each other fascinating. There are, accordingly, twists in the book. Some, I will hand it to Steadman, are pretty darn good. Much of the book is quite readable and moves at a good pace--Emma's allusions to her past not withstanding. It's certainly intriguing. There are some interesting side characters: a local police officer and his nosy reporter wife; a benevolent nurse, etc. Emma's kind and patient brother. But then the ending and biggest reveal comes along and eh. I found it a little anticlimactic. After all we've been through together, Emma?! I don't know. I was hoping for more, especially after all the fuss about Something in the Water, which I still haven't read. (I know, I know. It's on my TBR.) So, in the end, this is an intriguing one. The plot is definitely original, I'll give you that. But throw in a slightly irritating main character and a somewhat disappointing ending and it was a 3.5 star read for me-just barely. I received a copy from Random House/Ballantine and Netgalley in return for an honest review. Blog ~ Twitter ~ Facebook ~ Instagram ~ PaperBackSwap ~ Smashbomb
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  • Pauline
    January 1, 1970
    Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman the story of an unknown man found on the beach who has no memory of how he got there and a doctor sent to treat him that is trying to hide her past.This is a slow burning story, unfortunately it failed to hold my interest.Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster UK for my e-copy in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tzipora
    January 1, 1970
    Oh. My. Gosh. This book! You need to read it! Yes, you! And you, and you too! I have never had such a wild and stunning reading experience as I did reading Mr. Nobody. Catherine Steadman is an absolute master of her craft!Mr. Nobody grabbed my attention first from the title and then by its premise. A man washes up on the shore of a small English town. He’s soaking wet, shoeless, and injured. Most importantly, he has no memory of who he is or what happened to him. Intrigued yet? I was.I have Oh. My. Gosh. This book! You need to read it! Yes, you! And you, and you too! I have never had such a wild and stunning reading experience as I did reading Mr. Nobody. Catherine Steadman is an absolute master of her craft!Mr. Nobody grabbed my attention first from the title and then by its premise. A man washes up on the shore of a small English town. He’s soaking wet, shoeless, and injured. Most importantly, he has no memory of who he is or what happened to him. Intrigued yet? I was.I have never really cared for mysteries and was picky with thrillers because so often they’re too predictable or you figure it all out halfway through. Not with this book! Not at all! I am truly blown away but the amount of skill and talent that went into weaving such a complex and unpredictable story. Again and again Steadman throws out a red herring and you think ahh, this is where it’s going. Or even woah, so that’s it? Only to have the story take yet another twist. Twist after twist after twist in this one. Even to the very end I didn’t know what was going to happen. In fact, even when I thought I had finally reached the end and things were going to wrap up from there, it still wasn’t the end at all! This was such a blast to read. I could not put it down and repeatedly fell asleep late at night just trying to force myself awake to keep going. I actually ultimately finished it at 4am and was completely blown away and then just utterly hyped at what a phenomenal read this had been!I highly, highly recommend this one to absolutely everyone including and maybe especially those who don’t often read or don’t think they like this genre. So, so good! Crazy, amazing good!
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  • Kasa Cotugno
    January 1, 1970
    You settle into your reading nook, warm cup of something in your hand, winter outside the window (well, in California, that's relative, but still...), and start reading a thriller with a good pedigree and an intriguing cover. Perfect way to spend a January day. Until you reach a point in your reading where you've stalled so completely, you have to struggle to keep going. But going you must since it is a review copy and you've got to be fair. Well, to be fair, Mr. Nobody starts beautifully, You settle into your reading nook, warm cup of something in your hand, winter outside the window (well, in California, that's relative, but still...), and start reading a thriller with a good pedigree and an intriguing cover. Perfect way to spend a January day. Until you reach a point in your reading where you've stalled so completely, you have to struggle to keep going. But going you must since it is a review copy and you've got to be fair. Well, to be fair, Mr. Nobody starts beautifully, atmospherically, intriguing, but after umpteen references to "What Happened Then," plus so many conversations that start "Er," tedium in large measure sets in. Others have jacked up their star awards because that beginning is so good, but I'm giving the lowest possible rating because of the disappointment and the incredibly silly denouement.
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  • Ingstje
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars.A man with no memory is found on a deserted beach by a dog walker. Is it a state of retrograde amnesia, a fugue, or even worse, could he be faking it? Wanting to avoid a scandal like they had in the past when they came across ‘The Piano Man’ the government brings in Emma, a neuropsychiatrist. In all of the country she’s one with the most expertise in this field.I found it fascinating to read about the different possibilities and always find the mind to be such curious thing, and I was 3.5 stars.A man with no memory is found on a deserted beach by a dog walker. Is it a state of retrograde amnesia, a fugue, or even worse, could he be faking it? Wanting to avoid a scandal like they had in the past when they came across ‘The Piano Man’ the government brings in Emma, a neuropsychiatrist. In all of the country she’s one with the most expertise in this field.I found it fascinating to read about the different possibilities and always find the mind to be such curious thing, and I was wondering if it was possible that Mr. Nobody had a hidden agenda. Does he really have no memory? Is he a good guy or a bad guy? His very decisive actions in a moment of crisis in the hospital speak volumes about his past even without an identity, or so it seemed, and what was even more mystifying is that he seemed to recognize Emma. Could he be connected to her past in some way? A past that she hates to think about and even made her contemplate taking the job – a once in a million opportunity – in the first place. She feels guilty about her past too but about what exactly is information that slowly trickles in over the course of the novel.Emma is drawn to this mystery man who’s soon dubbed Matthew by hospital staff, but despite the tests she’s running she’s unable to explain how he knows so much about her. The tension mounts when people find out about her and her past – which we’re still much in the dark about at that point – and she doesn’t feel safe anymore. The confusion is all around until the most shocking truth about Matthew finally comes out.Mr. Nobody was a pacey thriller which kept me firmly in its grip. The suspense was brilliant and I was guessing all the way throughout the book. The ending was definitely twisty but felt a tad over-the-top for me and I was a little disappointed that a character who I found quite clever could turn into someone so stupid. I’m sure most readers won’t have a problem with that twist though and will be delighted with its orginality so don’t let me stop you from finding out for yourself!One thing is for sure, Mr. Nobody certainly isn’t a nobody. He’s very much somebody and you’ll know it when you read this novel.
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  • Andreia ❤The Butterfly Lover❤
    January 1, 1970
    Spectacular!! Original and impressive! VERY INTERESTING and impossible to put down!! Much, much better than Something in the Water.
  • Laura Peden
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 Since this is more of a mystery than a thriller I suggest going into this one blind. This book isn’t perfect, there are a couple inconsistencies & I’m not sure in the end how plausible it is. However, it has two things going for it: first, I did the audiobook & Catherine narrates herself. Normally I find that’s not a good decision on the author’s part but this author is a well known actress & she does an excellent job. Second, the way the story unfolds really worked for me. I 3.5 ⭐️ Since this is more of a mystery than a thriller I suggest going into this one blind. This book isn’t perfect, there are a couple inconsistencies & I’m not sure in the end how plausible it is. However, it has two things going for it: first, I did the audiobook & Catherine narrates herself. Normally I find that’s not a good decision on the author’s part but this author is a well known actress & she does an excellent job. Second, the way the story unfolds really worked for me. I started & finished this in one day because I had to know what happens. I’m curious what everyone is going to think of this one. I think readers who only dabble in this genre are gonna love it. I think the die hard thriller readers are going to fall between 3-4 stars like me. This book ticked a couple boxes for me on my reading challenges & I actually think this one is better than her first. I’m not mad at it 🤷‍♀️
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  • Liz Barnsley
    January 1, 1970
    I adored Something In The Water so I leapt into Mr Nobody with huge anticipation and it delivered on every level for me – tense and twisted, a cleverly unfolding plot, a hint of spookiness and beautifully written.A man is found on a Norfolk beach. He doesn’t know who he is or what happened but he knows he has to find her. But find who? Enter Dr Emma Lewis, a specialist in the fugue field, a dark past haunting her return to her childhood county. Can she find the truth?This is as twisted as you I adored Something In The Water so I leapt into Mr Nobody with huge anticipation and it delivered on every level for me – tense and twisted, a cleverly unfolding plot, a hint of spookiness and beautifully written.A man is found on a Norfolk beach. He doesn’t know who he is or what happened but he knows he has to find her. But find who? Enter Dr Emma Lewis, a specialist in the fugue field, a dark past haunting her return to her childhood county. Can she find the truth?This is as twisted as you like and so pacy even as it is considered and compelling. As events unfold it is utterly gripping and utterly baffling, a delightfully intelligent mystery that defies expectation many times.The last few chapters are rock and roll as everything comes to a head and the truth is revealed, the setting is immersive and haunting throughout and this is one of those books that sends you down the proverbial rabbit hole. Anyone for croquet?Excellent. I adored it. Highly Recommended.
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  • Renee Hermansen
    January 1, 1970
    Talk about suspense! A man shows up on a Norfolk beach, no shoes, no ID and cannot speak with no memories of who he is or how he got there. Immediately got me sucked in with my curiosity. Dr Emma Lewis, an expert in this field, is brought in to assess the man and with her come many secrets. Having grown up in the area the man was found, her time there didn't end well with her family being forced to leave 14 years earlier.. Upon trying to get to the bottom of who this man (Mr Nobody) is her Talk about suspense! A man shows up on a Norfolk beach, no shoes, no ID and cannot speak with no memories of who he is or how he got there. Immediately got me sucked in with my curiosity. Dr Emma Lewis, an expert in this field, is brought in to assess the man and with her come many secrets. Having grown up in the area the man was found, her time there didn't end well with her family being forced to leave 14 years earlier.. Upon trying to get to the bottom of who this man (Mr Nobody) is her emotions are tested. She is forced to face the past and all it contains.Catherine Steadman gives little bits of information throughout that keep you turning the pages. I loved the style. This is my first book by her and I will look for more in the future.Thank you to Simon&Schuster for this Advance reading copy.
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  • Alexa
    January 1, 1970
    This one fell down at the final hurdle for me, which took it from 5 to 4 stars. So still overall a VERY strong read, but there was something in the final climax that I found less satisfying. But! Generally this is a nicely character driven suspense novel with some pulse pounding turning points. I hesitate to call them twists--this isn't really a thriller that pulls the rug out from under you on anything (part of why I loved it a tick less). But there ares some solid character-based turns that This one fell down at the final hurdle for me, which took it from 5 to 4 stars. So still overall a VERY strong read, but there was something in the final climax that I found less satisfying. But! Generally this is a nicely character driven suspense novel with some pulse pounding turning points. I hesitate to call them twists--this isn't really a thriller that pulls the rug out from under you on anything (part of why I loved it a tick less). But there ares some solid character-based turns that ratchet up the conflict/tension nicely.I really connected with Emma, the primary character, and found her particular backstory compelling. It's built up very well--you know Emma used to be someone else, and something so bad happened in her hometown at a teen that she and her family had to change their identities. The case of Mr. Nobody, a potentially groundbreaking fugue case, will force Emma to return home and risk being discovered. The tension of exactly what happened built nicely up to about the middle, and then the reveal was super engrossing. Emma's chapters are first person, and then there are some third person chapters capturing other POVs--Mr. Nobody, nurse Rhoda, police officer Chris, and Chris' wife/journalist Zara. In some of these chapters there's a bit of 3rd person POV head hopping, but it was only noticeable once or twice, not a deal breaker. Generally these other 3rd person POVs are clearly there for narrative function (so we get insight into something important happening), but they're not as good/effective as Emma's sections. Emma I felt like I knew and cared about. Rhoda too, actually. But everyone else is underdeveloped, which only really matters in the case of one of them, which I'll place in a spoiler tag.(view spoiler)[Briefly, I do wish we'd gotten a better sense of Chris as a character/person. Not having a fade to black with him and Emma when he stayed over would have gone a LONG way to develop him and their relationship. At the end, while I wanted Emma to be happy, it was hard to ship her and Chris because he was underdeveloped. (hide spoiler)]Speaking generally, the series of reveals at the end make sense, but just weren't what I was expecting? So I was still able to enjoy it on the book's terms, just I couldn't let go of my own expectations. Up to the very end I kept expecting a late game reveal that would speak to one of my thoughts/guesses, and it simply didn't happen. Which is fine, but I expect other regular thriller readers will find the ending a tiny bit pat.(view spoiler)[Speaking specifically: The reveal of Mr. Nobody having a chronic condition where he just continually goes into a fugue state... it was bordering on ridiculous? Like, I get how it was supported by the text and ultimately the threads come together, but I still tilted my head a bit like "really?" I really expected them to have more of a personal connection, that there was something involved with her dad. And ultimately that's where I was disappointed: that the entire subplot of her dad and the coat and Mr. Nobody looking like her dad, just a little... all of that is dropped and explained away on the last page with Emma just concluding she imagined it. Was a real missed opportunity, IMO. I was operating on two thoughts as I read: 1) that Mr. Nobody had killed her dad and taken his money/identity for a while and 2) that Mr. Nobody was a half brother... and had killed dad, taken the money, etc. Essentially I think it was a real missed opportunity not to add that last soapy twist, tying together the intrigue with dad. And otherwise it's a MASSIVE and quite annoying coincidence that Mr. Nobody looks and sounds like her dad? Because it comes to nothing, it makes it a cheap tension building device early in the book that is rendered moot.I think for me that is what the book was missing: that last tiny little twist in the final pages. The reveal that recontexualizes the "happy" ending. Instead, the last section feels like the conclusion to a piece of women's fiction, not a tense thriller? (hide spoiler)]Mr. Nobody will appeal to suspense fans who enjoy character driven procedural-type stories. It's very well written-I was impressed with the prose several times; nice level of detail and it was a pleasant read. (If that makes sense? Some books the prose is just a tick more enjoyable on a technical level.) The soap level is turned up to about 7. I would have simply liked that dial turned up to 10.
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  • Jayme
    January 1, 1970
    A man washes up on a British beach, with no memory of who he is, or how he got there. Is he the perfect study of retrograde amnesia or fugue? Or is he lying? Dr. Emma Lewis is asked to take on the case. But, why is the government so interested in “Mr. Nobody”, (dubbed Matthew by a caring nurse) And, why is the case so secretive that Dr. Lewis must sign a Non disclosure agreement, and risk her own secrets being exposed? I was left with some unanswered questions.At times, I was completely A man washes up on a British beach, with no memory of who he is, or how he got there. Is he the perfect study of retrograde amnesia or fugue? Or is he lying? Dr. Emma Lewis is asked to take on the case. But, why is the government so interested in “Mr. Nobody”, (dubbed Matthew by a caring nurse) And, why is the case so secretive that Dr. Lewis must sign a Non disclosure agreement, and risk her own secrets being exposed? I was left with some unanswered questions.At times, I was completely intrigued, but through much of the book I wanted to skim, so although Matthew’s identity surprised me, the pace was just too slow for me to rate this over 3 stars. Thank You to Netgalley, Ballantine Books and Catherine Steadman for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review! This title will be released on Jan 7, 2020!
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  • Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
    January 1, 1970
    Hmmmm..... I like medical/amnesia type thrillers and while this definitely falls (for me) in a lighter thriller type of read, I'd almost just slot it into contemporary and just be done. This book is a bit of a slower pace than I typically like... and yet somehow I was VERY curious where this was going to go. What exactly is wrong with Mr. Nobody. What are Emma's secrets and why it coming back to truly haunt her? Curiouser and curiouser.Then I got answers. Yeah. I really, REALLY wanted to like Hmmmm..... I like medical/amnesia type thrillers and while this definitely falls (for me) in a lighter thriller type of read, I'd almost just slot it into contemporary and just be done. This book is a bit of a slower pace than I typically like... and yet somehow I was VERY curious where this was going to go. What exactly is wrong with Mr. Nobody. What are Emma's secrets and why it coming back to truly haunt her? Curiouser and curiouser.Then I got answers. Yeah. I really, REALLY wanted to like this one. While we got some answers, I felt like the ones we got just begged for more questions. A couple of tertiary characters just seemed thrown in a bit haphazardly and I wouldn't have missed them had they gone missing altogether. I'll admit, I'm a bit mystified and intrigued with the direction that this book turned. And yes, I'm also feeling quite a bit disappointed. I'm not entirely sure how to rectify my feelings about this read. My first by this author but I do have Something in the Water which I'll likely give a go later in the year. I may need to simmer on this particular read for a bit but right at this moment, what had such great potential just got bogged down by and ending that didn't quite satisfy.
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  • Andrea
    January 1, 1970
    1.5 rounded up. There will be plenty of readers who enjoy this book, but I'm afraid I am not one of them. The premise sounded great and the writing is perfectly fine, but as a package it just didn't gel for me.A distressed adult male is found wandering a Norfolk beach in the middle of winter. The police are called and the man is taken, unconscious, to a local hospital to recover from his ordeal. He has no identification and no memory. Everyone is baffled. London neuropsychiatrist, Dr Emma Lewis, 1.5★ rounded up. There will be plenty of readers who enjoy this book, but I'm afraid I am not one of them. The premise sounded great and the writing is perfectly fine, but as a package it just didn't gel for me.A distressed adult male is found wandering a Norfolk beach in the middle of winter. The police are called and the man is taken, unconscious, to a local hospital to recover from his ordeal. He has no identification and no memory. Everyone is baffled. London neuropsychiatrist, Dr Emma Lewis, is engaged to diagnose and treat the patient, who has been dubbed Mr Nobody by the media. Emma can't resist taking the opportunity to work with a rare, potential fugue case, but she has her own reasons to be reluctant to return to Norfolk, where she grew up.Sounds pretty good, huh? The problem for me, right from the start, was how much the author asked of me to suspend disbelief. Not once or twice, but over and over and over again. (I won't give examples for fear of spoiling it for other readers, but there are many.) For that, I'd want the payoff to be a pretty thrilling rush of adrenaline as the pieces of the puzzle came together at the end - something I was denied here. Just lots of eye-rolling (view spoiler)[e.g. the chair (hide spoiler)] and putting the book down to go off and do other things.So, no I can't recommend this book but I do thank Simon & Schuster for the uncorrected proof that I read.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    Neurologist Dr. Emma Lewis specializes in patients with amnesia, specifically those with retrograde amnesia. She’s always been intrigued by the fugue cases, but hasn’t personally seen one herself. That is, until she gets a call about a patient at another hospital. A man was found at the beach with absolutely no memory of who he is or how he got there. And he is being labeled as “Mr. Nobody.”Emma is invited to work on his case. But there’s a few catches and it makes Emma both intrigued and Neurologist Dr. Emma Lewis specializes in patients with amnesia, specifically those with retrograde amnesia. She’s always been intrigued by the fugue cases, but hasn’t personally seen one herself. That is, until she gets a call about a patient at another hospital. A man was found at the beach with absolutely no memory of who he is or how he got there. And he is being labeled as “Mr. Nobody.”Emma is invited to work on his case. But there’s a few catches and it makes Emma both intrigued and worried about working with the mystery man. The government is heavily involved in Mr. Nobody’s case and they want Emma to sign a non-disclosure agreement. And the beach where he was found? It’s in Emma’ hometown. The same place she experienced tragedy in. The same place she left 14-years earlier, never wanting to go back. Who is Mr. Nobody and is he more involved in Emma’s mysterious past than she ever could’ve thought?Mr. Nobody is Catherine Steadman’s latest mystery/thriller release. I love books with the amnesia trope so I had high hopes for this one. Unfortunately, the pacing was extremely slow and was info-dumpy the first portion of the story. Like with Steadman’s previous novel (Something in the Water), I felt Mr. Nobody took a completely unbelievable turn toward the end, and left me with a lackluster ending full of unanswered questions. 2.5/5 stars. Thank you NetGalley, Catherine Steadman and Simon & Schuster for a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Elle Rudy
    January 1, 1970
    A little too slow to start, a little to rushed at the end. I don’t think this is that bad of an offering, but in such a crowded genre it just doesn’t really stand out. The mystery of who Mr. Nobody is hangs over the first half of the book, with not much else going on. A secondary question, what happened in Emma Lewis’ past, is also present but feels inconsequential. It all definitely picks up later, with mixed results as to how satisfying this conclusion is.I did like how much Catherine Steadman A little too slow to start, a little to rushed at the end. I don’t think this is that bad of an offering, but in such a crowded genre it just doesn’t really stand out. The mystery of who Mr. Nobody is hangs over the first half of the book, with not much else going on. A secondary question, what happened in Emma Lewis’ past, is also present but feels inconsequential. It all definitely picks up later, with mixed results as to how satisfying this conclusion is.I did like how much Catherine Steadman tried to explain the science behind the plot. I have no idea whether it was accurate or would hold up to scrutiny, but it at least sounded right enough to me. The eventual ‘big reveal’ was unexpected, but really stretches reality. Everything comes together because she’s decided it will, not because it makes sense. So much of the preliminary buildup was hinged on the two main characters, ‘Matthew’ and Emma, not meeting each other, and I think it threw off the pacing. (view spoiler)[I really had a problem with the characterization of Zara, particularly paired off with Chris Poole, a police officer & her husband working on the same case. With the recent controversy around how Clint Eastwood decided to portray journalist Kathy Scruggs (Olivia Wilde) in the movie Richard Jewell as trading sex for a story, their relationship was all the more jarring. Zara doesn’t just bring up the case in passing to Chris, but goads and begs him to divulge confidential police information while performing some bizarre sex kitten act. The simultaneous infantilization of a grown woman, reducing her role in their relationship to cunning seductress and undermining both her own integrity & entire profession is pretty succinctly demonstrated here:“‘I’ll make it worth your while.’ She pouts provocatively.” Ugh.And after that HE WILLINGLY TELLS HER. But he gets to come off guilelessly, which is some bullshit. He should have been fired for gross negligence and she needed to be arrested for a whole mess of crimes. They served no real purpose to the plot besides annoying me profusely. I’ve decided to pretend they didn’t exist. (hide spoiler)]The memory loss and amnesia is pretty fun. One case that the book keeps referencing, The Piano Man, was an actual guy. The real person, Andreas Grassl, is kind of fascinating and I enjoyed reading up on him. Mr. Nobody could be a good beach book, but I wouldn’t call it a must-read.*Thanks to Random House - Ballantine & Netgalley for an advance copy!
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  • Rachel Hall
    January 1, 1970
    An original, intelligent and multilayered plot and a masterclass in writing suspense!Immensely different to Steadman’s sparkling debut but equally impressive, Mr Nobody skilfully combines a multilayered and unpredictable plot with knife-edge suspense to pull off a wholly satisfying conclusion in a creative psychological thriller.When a man wakes up on a Norfolk beach with a head wound and no memory of who he is the powers that be are well aware of the potential that he could be a fraud and needs An original, intelligent and multilayered plot and a masterclass in writing suspense!Immensely different to Steadman’s sparkling debut but equally impressive, Mr Nobody skilfully combines a multilayered and unpredictable plot with knife-edge suspense to pull off a wholly satisfying conclusion in a creative psychological thriller.When a man wakes up on a Norfolk beach with a head wound and no memory of who he is the powers that be are well aware of the potential that he could be a fraud and needs careful handling. Thirty-year-old neuropsychiatrist and workaholic, Emma Lewis, is approached to work with him as media interest grows. Despite Emma’s lack of clinical experience the indications are that Mr Nobody’s condition is bona fide and it seems like a golden opportunity to prove her theories on fugue states. The flip side is that is also means returning to the town that she ran from fourteen years ago as a traumatised teenager and confronting the unhappy memories she left behind... Lacking in confidence, vulnerable and protecting her former identity, events are largely relayed through the eyes of compassionate doctor Emma with snippets of her past drip-fed throughout. Alongside this the mysterious circumstances of Mr Nobody ensure tension bristles throughout a taut first half in which her patient reveals a worrying knowledge of Emma’s undisclosed past. A fraught second half sees events go into overdrive as the twists stack up and getting to the root of Mr Nobody’s past, together with understanding what brought them together, entails Emma revisiting the very place that changed her life. As the story unravels the growing connection and chemistry between doctor and patient makes for utterly compelling reading. The depth of research is conveyed by a well-informed and assured narrative which takes the stress out of the neuroscience and makes Mr Nobody’s condition accessible. An intelligent psychological thriller with a complicated protagonist whom I identified with, and the enigmatic figure of Mr Nobody. Confirmation that Catherine Steadman can very definitely write and a thoroughly engaging and suspenseful read.With thanks to Love Reading who provided me with a free copy of this novel in exchange for my honest and unbiased opinion.
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    The first part of this book was really good. The mystery of who "Mr Nobody" is and how he ended up on the beach captivated me from the start and made me keep reading. Then two things happened that made this book just an ok read overall.One is--I really hate it when everyone else in the book knows something that the reader does not. Emma has some sort of giant secret from her past that has forced her to change her name and move away, now she is back in her home town after a number of years and is The first part of this book was really good. The mystery of who "Mr Nobody" is and how he ended up on the beach captivated me from the start and made me keep reading. Then two things happened that made this book just an ok read overall.One is--I really hate it when everyone else in the book knows something that the reader does not. Emma has some sort of giant secret from her past that has forced her to change her name and move away, now she is back in her home town after a number of years and is frightened that it will all come out again. And when it finally does...I was underwhelmed with the information and wondered why the author drug out the reveal for so long. The second thing was that the conclusion to the mystery about Mr. Nobody/Matthew was just bizarre and a really strange, pretty much unbelievable resolution. I didn't buy it at all, it almost seemed like one of those crazy movie-of-the-week shows from the 80s or a very bad Lifetime movie. I love a good amnesia story but this one's conclusion was just bad.Maybe Steadman's books are just not for me, this is the second one of hers that I've read and been not terribly impressed with the plot line.I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this book, all opinions are my own.
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