The Nothing Man by By Catherine Ryan Howard #BookReview @cathryanhoward #Netgalley #TheNothingMan #BookBlogger

May 29, 2020     Ami-May     Book Blogging Posts, Book Reviews

Hi All Readers, I am excited to share a book review today for The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard. Here are my honest and unbiased opinions on this book. I was accepted for this book by the publisher via Netgalley, Thank You.

Now here are my thoughts below..

The Nothing ManThe Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard
Publisher: Corvus
Publication Date: August 20, 2020
Pages: 352
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Source: Netgalley
Genre: Cozy Mystery, Crime Fiction, Fiction, Thriller, Women Sleuths
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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...

Rating: 10 out of 10.
Rating Report
Plot/Narrative

Eve Black is the girl who? She was subjected to a home invasion when she was just 12 years old. Which left her family, mum, dad and younger sister dead. But she survived.

They never found her killer named ' The Nothing Man’ as the Garda could find no evidence or any clues about who he was. 

Twenty years later, Eve Black writes and publishes her true crime memoir about ‘The Nothing Man’. 

When Jim Doyle who is now working as a security guard in the shopping centre discovers the book and becomes obsessed with reading every single world because HE is ‘The Nothing Man’. 

Man alive, this book is something else. It is utterly impressive,  staggering, riveting, and unexpected. 

10 stars
Characters

Eve Black is an impeccable, powerful and engrossing character. It’s hard not to love her resilience and her ability to stop at nothing to find the killer who killed her family. She has to become a detective and plays a game of cat and mouse to bring and catch ' The Nothing Man’. 

Jim Doyle, also known as ‘The Nothing Man’ is a fear-provoking character who Catherine writes incredibly well. In some ways, he appears a scary and gruesome character, but in others, he’s plain, cowardly, and appears to be nothing. Just an old man working as a security guard with a wife and daughter. With no friends and no hobbies. And nothing to show for his life at all. 

10 stars
Writing Style/Pacing

The Nothing Man was plain genius and beyond smart. It has it ALL, and it is the perfect example of a thriller. 

It was basically a True Crime book within a Fiction Book. It is expertly written, planned and crafted together. It was told from the point of view of both Eve Black and Jim Doyle. But also we got to read Eve Black’s book throughout. 

Catherine is an exceptional author who really knows how to write a shocking and fascinating novel which is intelligent, terrifying and addictive. Her writing has a unique voice. 

This is a slow burner which soon has you gasping for air and keeping you hooked to the end of your seat. It is just an addictive, interesting story that leaves you wanting more.

Swiping your kindle so fast to turn the pages as it grips and pulls you in. 

10 stars
Themes/Settings

The themes are rape, murder, invasion and surviving etc. The themes are impressive and captivating. The setting was well developed and written. 

10 stars
Cover
10 stars
Overall Thoughts

Man alive, this book is something else. It is utterly impressive, staggering, riveting, and unexpected.
The Nothing Man was plain genius and beyond smart. It has it ALL, and it is the perfect example of a thriller.

Catherine is an exceptional author who really knows how to write a shocking and fascinating novel which is intelligent, terrifying and addictive. Her writing has a unique voice.

This is a slow burner which soon has you gasping for air and keeping you hooked to the end of your seat.

10 stars
Final Rating 10 stars

About Catherine Ryan Howard

Catherine is an internationally bestselling crime writer from Cork, Ireland.

Her debut thriller, Distress Signals (2016) was an Irish Times and USA Today bestseller. The Irish Times hailed it ‘a highly confident and accomplished debut novel, impeccably sustained, with not a false note.’ It was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association John Creasey/New Blood Dagger award and Irish Crime Novel of the Year. Pre-publication, it was optioned for television and has since been translated into a number of languages including Swedish, Turkish and Japanese.

Catherine’s second thriller, The Liar’s Girl (2018) was a finalist for the Mystery Writers of America Edgar Award for Best Novel – an accolade previously won by Stephen King, Ian Rankin and Raymond Chandler – making her only the second ever Irish woman to be nominated for this award. The Irish Independent said ‘solid plotting … propels The Liar’s Girl forward at a terrific pace … Catherine Ryan Howard has certainly pulled off, with remarkable confidence, the notoriously difficult task of surpassing a debut novel that was met with critical acclaim and garlanded with awards.’ It was named a Best Book of 2018 by the Irish Independent and Crime Time (UK), and a Best Audiobook of 2018 by Library Journal (USA). In May 2019, it was included in The Guardian’s list of 50 Great Thrillers by Women written since 1945.

Catherine’s third novel, Rewind (2019) debuted at No. 2 in the Irish bestseller chart and was shortlisted for Irish Crime Novel of the Year. ‘[A] top-class thriller, fast-paced and vividly rendered’ (Irish Times), ‘[this] third novel from the precociously talented Howard … confirms her position as a major new talent in thriller writing’ (Daily Mail).

Her fourth novel, The Nothing Man, will publish on both sides of the Atlantic in August 2020. Inspired by Catherine’s own experience of reading Michelle McNamara’s I’ll Be Gone in the Dark just days after Joseph James DeAngelo was arrested and charged with the Golden State Killer’s crimes, this novel is half a (fictional) true-crime memoir and half the killer’s reaction to it as he reads.

Previously, Catherine worked as an administrator for a travel company in the Netherlands and a front desk agent in a hotel in Walt Disney World, Florida. She was once obsessed with the idea of becoming a BSL4 virologist and she still hopes to be a NASA astronaut when she grows up. (She’s 37.) She’s a graduate of Trinity College Dublin and, alongside internationally bestselling authors Carmel Harrington and Hazel Gaynor, a founding member of The Inspiration Project.

Catherine is based in Dublin where she is binge-watching Netflix, drinking copious amounts of coffee and working on her next novel.

(Author headshot credit Steve Langan at CityHeadshots.ie)

Reading this book contributed to these challenges:

  • Netgalley 2020
  • Reading 2020
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