Mr Nobody – Catherine Steadman.

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Back of the book : 

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.

 

What I think :

On a cold, Norfolk beach, quite early one morning a man is found. He has a huge lump on the back of his head, no memory and no speech.

Dr Emma Lewis is one of the leading doctors in the field of Neuropsychology, memory loss and fugue states in the UK. She is called in to have a look at this ‘Mr Nobody’. However there is one problem for Emma, It means she will need to go back to Norfolk and the small town she left fourteen years ago after something really bad happened to her and her family and they had to leave town for good. Emma knows though that she must go back because this one case alone could make her name in this particular field and probably the world.

But who exactly is ‘Mr Nobody’ ?

The government seem very interested in him as does the military and why has Emma been asked to sign a nondisclosure agreement ?

How can this person, Matthew (A nurse gave him this name, meaning ‘Gift from God’ after a incident on the ward) know things about Emma, things that she’d forgotten herself from her own past ? And how does he know the one thing that Emma has tried to forget for the last fourteen years ?  Emma’s real name, the name from before the bad thing happened and they had to leave ?

Is Emma in danger ?

Should she ever have gone back ?

 

Wow !! I really loved this Book !

I really enjoyed Catherine’s debut novel Something in the Water so I was really pleased when I was sent a copy of her newest novel a few weeks ago. Let me tell you I wasn’t disappointed. 

The novel is, as all crime/thrillers seem to be these days, made up of chapters dedicated to each character. However in this instance, it is Dr Emma and Mr Nobody/Matthew’s chapters that make up most of the novel. 

There are plenty of little twists, turns and gasp out loud moments, especially when you find out towards the end of the book, exactly what the bad thing was that made Emma and her family run away from their lives fourteen years ago. It is quite a roller-coaster of a ride full of cloaked suspense and intrigue. I must admit it sucked me in right from the very beginning and didnt let me down right until the last page. and talking of the ending, Phew ! it wasn’t what I was expecting AT ALL !! It was brilliant !

I give this excellent book my highest award of 10/10. (5 Stars)

5 gold stars

On a last note, I have holidayed A LOT in North Norfolk, mostly Wells-Next-Sea and surrounding areas, so it was really nice to read a novel where I was really familiar with the surroundings.  

Published on 09/01/20 by Simon & Schuster.

The biggest Thank You to Jess Barratt at Simon & Schuster for the review copy of the book in return for an honest review.

 

 

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