Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman was on my ‘to read’ list ever since I read her first book, Something in the Water. So apparently people have given the author a hard time because Catherine Steadman is originally an English actress. She is best known for playing Mabel Lane Fox in series 5 of ITV drama Downton Abbey. Turns out that some people think she only got published because she was already famous. I quite disagree; people are just jealous that she can act and write.
Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman Synopsis
“A man lacking identification and unable to speak is found semiconscious on a British beach and immediately draws national press as Mr. Nobody. But when neuropsychiatrist Dr. Emma Lewis is invited to assess him, she discovers he does recall something about her own past that no one else knows.”Goodreads
What I Loved
I actually picked this book up at a bad time. I am in the middle of selling and buying a house which means I am constantly thinking about the move. It took me less than a week to read Something in the Water. It took over a month for me to read this book. But it was not the book’s fault! I actually really liked it. Everything from the plot to the characters and their complicated past – this book had it all.
One thing that I was super impressed with was the climax. Recently I’ve read books that either glossed over it, rushed it or just didn’t make as big a deal of it as it should have. Maybe it’s the author’s acting background that made her really put a lot of energy into the action of the main event. It was graphic, exciting and had my heart racing. Then, after the action was done, everything was wrapped up in a satisfactory matter. It was truly spectacular!
What I Didn’t Love
As much as I loved the story and basically everything about this book, there was one major flaw for me that had me so frustrated that I had the urge to throw the book. The chapters are written from different perspectives. But… sometimes we would be in one character’s perspective and we would be told what another character was thinking. This drove me absolutely crazy. It distracted me from the story and had me swearing out loud. I’m not quite sure why this was done and why the editor didn’t talk the author out of it. If it wasn’t for this, I would have given it 5 full stars.
If you can get over the switches in perspective, then please give this book a chance. It was truly spectacular and an amazing, memorable read. It keeps the reader guessing and the climax is to die for. I do wish that the editor had given the author a nudge to turn this into a 5-star book. However, I still loved it and would love to read more by Catherine Steadman. Grab your copy on Amazon and check out Something in the Water while you are at it!
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