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The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard – ARC Review

My Rating ~ Five stars

RELEASE DATE: 5 January 2021

Publisher: Allen & Unwin

Format: Paperback

Pages: 346

RRP:  AU$29.99

Blurb

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 realizes 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…

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Review

Thankyou to Allen & Unwin for providing me with a copy of The Nothing Man, in exchange for an honest review.

When Eve was 12, the serial killer, known as The Nothing Man, murdered her entire family.  She has tried to blend in to the background of life ever since, but after being convinced to write a book about her experience, she’s hoping it will bring The Nothing Man’s identity to light, and enable her to catch him at last.

Jim is working a security job he hates, after leaving the force.  His whole world changes when he sees Eve’s new book on the bookstore shelves, because the book isn’t only telling her story, it’s telling his.  Jim is The Nothing Man and he has worked hard to keep his identity a secret.  He won’t allow Eve to ruin everything, but first he needs to know what she remembers, and for that he needs to read her book.

Told in alternating chapters between Eve and Jim in the present day, and pages of Eve’s book, telling the awful story of The Nothing Man,  the mystery is cleverly picked apart.  This story was often harrowing and, I must admit, actually gave me pause before turning off the light at night. Being inside the mind of a serial killer, as well as his victim was intense.  I especially loved the small details that the characters put together years after the event, to try and form a picture of how the victims might be connected.

There was a scene where a lecturer talked about how we remember serial killer’s names, but never the victims.  It was a chilling thing to think about and to note about human behaviour.  And for the most part – it is true.  Think of all the serial killers you know – now name their victims…  It made me want to do some real life research and commit the victims’ names to mind, instead of the people who brought such atrocities to the world.  I am happy to say that the one serial killer I had close contact with, hung out in the house, next door to where he lived, when I was a teenager, was finally caught a few years ago, and his victims names are certainly more famous than he is.  He will fade into the background, just as these people should.

I was absolutely riveted to the page reading The Nothing Man and couldn’t bare to put this book down.  I just needed to know what was going to happen and whether The Nothing Man would be caught!  If you love thrillers, make sure you get your hands on this one!

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