Review: Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman

Title: Mr Nobody

Author: Catherine Steadman

Published: February 1st 2020, Simon & Schuster Australia

Status: Read February 2020 courtesy Simon & Schuster


My Thoughts:

“It’s her. She’s come. For him. He doesn’t know who she is but he knows she is the one he’s been waiting for.”

When neuropsychiatrist Dr Emma Lewis is asked to assess a man found injured and mute on a deserted beach in Norfolk with no memory of who he is or how he got there, she sets aside her reluctance to return to the area in which she grew up for the opportunity to advance her research into fugue states.

Emma’s first meeting with the man the media has dubbed Mr. Nobody, and whom the hospital staff have named Matthew, is a shock to them both. The man seems to recognise her in the moment before he is overwhelmed by a panic attack, mumbling not the name she uses now, but the name she was once known by.

Emma is both panicked, and intrigued, how can this stranger remember nothing of himself, but know who she really is? And what other secrets does Mr. Nobody know?

The narrative alternates between Emma’s first person perspective as she attempts to determine if Matthew is telling the truth about his amnesia, and if so whether the condition is the temporary or permanent result of physical or psychological trauma; and a third person perspective, providing some insight into the thoughts and behaviour of Matthew and a couple of other characters. I think I would have preferred a single or dual perspective though, as I did feel the pace occasionally suffered.

Emma’s an interesting character, Steadman makes it clear early that she has a tragic past, and is skittish about returning to Norfolk. As it happens, I found her secret to be rather anticlimactic, however it does contribute to her vulnerability in the not strictly professional relationship she develops with Matthew.

Matthew’s secrets are quite stunning however, and the latter half of the novel is tense and thrilling as the truth about Mr. Nobody unravels.

Ultimately I’m left with mixed feelings though, while I think Mr Nobody has all the elements of an exciting psychological thriller, I’m afraid it didn’t quite come together for me.


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6 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. JustBusyreading
    Feb 06, 2020 @ 03:42:07

    great review – i felt the same way

    Liked by 1 person


  2. Amanda Barrett
    Feb 06, 2020 @ 09:09:48

    A fair and honest review Shelleyrae, thanks for sharing your thoughts.

    Liked by 1 person


  3. Diane
    Feb 06, 2020 @ 12:05:05

    I’m reading this one right now so I just skimmed your review. Can’t wait to find out about Emma’s past secrets.

    Liked by 1 person


  4. readingwritingandriesling
    Feb 06, 2020 @ 13:46:56

    It worked for me – but we are all different – thanks for your honest review

    Liked by 1 person


  5. fuonlyknew
    Feb 06, 2020 @ 17:20:48

    I’m curious about this one after reading your review. It might work for me:)



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