The Nothing Man, a review by Shelley

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Catherine Ryan Howard
Published: August 6th, 2020
346 pages
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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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