The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

.ePUB, 281 pages
Published: 06 Aug 2020
By: Corvus

About The Book:
I was the girl who survived the Nothing Man.
Now I am the woman who is going to catch him.

You've just read the opening pages of The Nothing Man, the true crime memoir Eve Black has written about her obsessive search for the man who killed her family nearly two decades ago. Supermarket security guard Jim Doyle is reading it too, and with each turn of the page his rage grows. Because Jim was - is - the Nothing Man. The more Jim reads, the more he realises how dangerously close Eve is getting to the truth. He knows she won't give up until she finds him. He has no choice but to stop her first.

My Review:
The last Catherine Ryan Howard book I read was Run Time and it was a book about a movie script that contains a book. This one is a book that contains a book. I don't know how she does it but Catherine Ryan Howard can seamlessly weave two stories at the same time without confusing the reader. This one is not for the faint of heart or weak of stomach but please know there is no gratuitous sex or violence, it is there only for the story.

I like that we already know the who of this story, but not the why. The victim and perpetrator have a cat and mouse game playing out within the pages and as Shakespeare said in Hamlet "There is something rotten in the state of Denmark" because Eve and Jim's stories are not the same. Being inside Jim's head was a scary place to be and his internal dialogue was as creepy as all hell.

As a crime/ psychological thriller, this was an excellent read. The chapters are short and punchy, meaning that the tension is easily built up, pushing you to tear through the pages. It is also quite an original concept, so it does breathe new life into the genre.

This was a taut, suspenseful, edge-of-your-seat, can't put it down type of thriller and the two twists towards the end were perfect and surprising. All. The. Stars.

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