Review:  Mr. Nobody: A Novel by Catherine Steadman @CatSteadman @randomhouseMr. Nobody on January 7, 2020
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He wants to remember. She needs to forget. . . . Memento meets Sharp Objects 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.

“Even better than Something in the Water, Catherine Steadman’s new novel, Mr. Nobody, is original, ingenious, and utterly gripping, with characters you’ll really care about as they race toward the brilliantly unexpected ending.”—JP Delaney, New York Times bestselling author of The Girl Before

Mr. Nobody is my first novel by Catherine Steadman and it won’t be my last. The topic of brain injury and fugue fascinated me. I could tell the book was well researched. The beginning of the story is my favorite. I was instantly intrigued and invested on the beach. Where this novel fell short for me was many of the actions (not Mr. Nobody) didn’t make sense to me. They didn’t fit and weren’t explained in such a way that I could buy into the behavior. Impulsive and devious behavior is rampant. At times those behaviors added to the mystery but really in the end it felt unsettling and hard to accept from professionals. Where the story truly came together for me was the marrying of past and present, absolutely brilliant. Mr. Nobody is a fascinating story, the dialogue is engaging and well written.

About the Author:

Catherine Steadman is an actress and writer based in North London, UK. She is best known for her role as Mabel Lane Fox in Downton Abbey and is currently filming on the new Starz television series ‘The Rook’. She grew up in the New Forest, UK, and lives with a small dog and an average sized man. Something in the Water is her first novel.

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