Review: Mr Nobody – Catherine Steadman

Mr Nobody
Catherine Steadman
Simon & Schuster Australia
ISBN: 9781471192265
RRP $29.99

Description:
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.

 

My View:
A captivating read!

The tension was exquisite! I really enjoyed this read – the pace, the characters, the settings…and the twisty narrative.

Written in a style the gives voice to many of the main characters, you really get involved and try to unravel this twisty tale. There were times when I was urging the protagonist to re think her next move, to be more cautious, to look out…she didn’t listen 😊 She too had to realise – you can’t change people, people have to change themselves.

Post Script: Coffin Road – Peter May

Coffin Road

Coffin Road

Peter May

Hachette Australia

Quercus

ISBN: 9781784293093

 

Description:

The master of crime brings murder back to the Outer Hebrides.

 

 

A man is washed up on a deserted beach on the Hebridean Isle of Harris, barely alive and borderline hypothermic. He has no idea who he is or how he got there. The only clue to his identity is a map tracing a track called the Coffin Road. He does not know where it will lead him, but filled with dread, fear and uncertainty he knows he must follow it.

 

 

A detective crosses rough Atlantic seas to a remote rock twenty miles west of the Outer Hebrides of Scotland. With a sense of foreboding he steps ashore where three lighthouse keepers disappeared more than a century before – a mystery that remains unsolved. But now there is a new mystery – a man found bludgeoned to death on that same rock, and DS George Gunn must find out who did it and why.

 

 

A teenage girl lies in her Edinburgh bedroom, desperate to discover the truth about her father’s death. Two years after the discovery of the pioneering scientist’s suicide note, Karen Fleming still cannot accept that he would wilfully abandon her. And the more she discovers about the nature of his research, the more she suspects that others were behind his disappearance.

 

 

Coffin Road follows three perilous journeys towards one shocking truth – and the realisation that ignorance can kill us.

 

 

My View:

Peter May starts this book with a hook that is triple barbed and efficient! You will take a deep breath and walk with the protagonist as he staggers barely alive, soaking wet life jacket still on, up the beach. Shipwrecked? Swept overboard? Dumped at sea? Even he (Neal) doesn’t know – he has amnesia. What a great way to engage the reader – what could be more unreliable than a narrator who has no memory of who he is or how he ended up washed up on a beach – all he has is a deep sense of foreboding. He interrogates the essence of his existence or what he thinks he knows of his past trying to make sense of his past and future, all the time worried about what he has done, what he might have done, or what he is capable of.

 

A wonderful story of intrigue, duplicitous behaviours, conspiracy, murder and economic war fare. Peter May’s writing is intense, the narrative is complex, the path to enlightenment and the truth littered with half-truths, betrayals and self-doubt and… bees. What a wonderful narrative, full of twists and surprises .Peter May is an eco-warrior – who would have known? Not me.