I adored Something In The Water so I leapt into Mr Nobody with huge anticipation and it delivered on every level for me tense and twisted, a cleverly unfolding plot, a hint of spookiness and beautifully written.A man is found on a Norfolk beach He doesn t know who he is or what happened but he knows he has to find her But find who Enter Dr Emma Lewis, a specialist in the fugue field, a dark past haunting her return to her childhood county Can she find the truth This is as twisted as you like and so pacy even as it is considered and compelling As events unfold it is utterly gripping and utterly baffling, a delightfully intelligent mystery that defies expectation many times.The last few chapters are rock and roll as everything comes to a head and the truth is revealed, the setting is immersive and haunting throughout and this is one of those books that sends you down the proverbial rabbit hole Anyone for croquet Excellent I adored it Highly Recommended. Ms Steadman s debut, Something in the Water was one of my first NetGalley reads I loved it, so I was excited when I saw her second book on NG The story of Dr Emma Lewis and Mr Nobody really peaked my interest at times, but ultimately left me with too many questions The premise and writing are fantastic and I think the story had the potential to be really great But it was bogged down with too many details and the ending didn t do it for me It didn t have the thrill factor that keeps me engaged and wanting to flip the pages I ll admit my expectations were high after reading her first book, so I was disappointed in this one It looks like I might be in the minority on this one Thank you to NetGalley, Ballantine Book and Catherine Steadman for this digital ARC, in exchange for my honest review NetGalley MrNobody Thriller CatSteadman My Rating 3.5 s rounding down to 3 Published January 7th 2020 by Ballantine BooksPages 320Recommend Yes, but you might be disappointed if you read her first book. A Psychiatrist Treating A Man With No Memory Discovers That Her Patient Knows Far About Her Past Than His Own In A Gripping Psychological Thriller From The New York Times Bestselling Author Of Something In The Water Who Is Mr Nobody When A Man Is Found On A British Beach, Drifting In And Out Of Consciousness, With No Identification And Unable To Speak, Interest In Him Is Sparked Immediately From The Hospital Staff Who Find Themselves Inexplicably Drawn To Him, To International Medical Experts Who Are Baffled By Him, To The National Press Who Call Him Mr Nobody, Everyone Wants Answers Who Is This Man And What Happened To Him Some Memories Are Best ForgottenNeuropsychiatrist Dr Emma Lewis Is Asked To Assess The Patient In A Small Town Deep In The English Countryside This Is Her Field Of Expertise, This Is The Chance She S Been Waiting For, And This Case Could Make Her Name Known Across The World But Therein Lies The Danger Emma Left This Same Town Fourteen Years Ago And Has Taken Great Pains To Cover All Traces Of Her Past Since Then Places Aren T Haunted People AreBut Now Something Or Someone Is Calling Her Back And The Time She Spends With Her Patient, The Alarmed She Becomes That He Knows The One Thing About Her That Nobody Is Supposed To Know A man washes up on a British beach, with no memory of who he is, or how he got there Is he the perfect study of retrograde amnesia or fugue Or is he lying Dr Emma Lewis is asked to take on the case But, why is the government so interested in Mr Nobody dubbed Matthew by a caring nurse And, why is this case so secretive that Dr Lewis must sign a Non disclosure agreement, and risk her own secrets being exposed I was left with some unanswered questions, and not in a there must be a sequel coming way..At times, I was completely intrigued, but through much of the book I wanted to skim, so although Matthew s identity surprised me, the pace was just too slow for me to rate this over 3 stars..Though, I sometimes love a slow burn, in this case, the therapist patient story fell a bit flatespecially when compared to The Silent Patient which I read and loved earlier this year..Thank You to Netgalley, Ballantine Books and Catherine Steadman for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review This title will be released on Jan 7, 2020 A man is found on a beach is Norfolk He does not know who he is or why he is there The only thing he remembers is the name of the woman who found him A well known neuropsychiatric, Dr Emma Lewes has been called in to assist investigating this case, but in doing so, she will be returning to the village of her childhood that she had fled from when something bad had happened But Mr Nobody appears to know certain things about her, even though he can t remember things in his own past.This st5has a slow pace and in parts, it seemed to drag on a bit It does have an interesting take on amnesia and whether people can fake having it The author has done her research into memory loss before writing this book The final reveal was a bit disappointing and the ending was rushed There are several twists as the story unfolds I could not warm to any of the characters who were complex The loose ends were all tied up nicely by the end of the book.I would like to thank NetGalley, Simon and Schuster and the author Catherine Steadman for my ARC in exchange for an honest review. 4 5 stars Title is Mr Nobody A man in his forties is found on beautiful Holkham Beach, Norfolk on a winters day, he s soaked to the skin, he s freezing cold and has no shoes on He has no memory of who he is or how he got there just fleeting thoughts and something written on his hand which he removes Dr Emma Lewis is in her early 30 s, is a neuropsychologist and she is asked by a experienced and well known American specialist to investigate Does Mr Nobody have retrograde amnesia from a brain injury or is it a rare psychological trauma or fugue The story is told principally from Emma s point of view and Mr Nobody Emma is very conflicted about taking the case because of something in her past which occurred in Norfolk but she decides to overcome her fears of returning to the area in the hope that something good can come out of something bad The novel has dual mysteries who exactly is Mr Nobody christened Matthew meaning gift from God , what is wrong with him and what lurks in Emma s past Do they connect in any way If so, how and why This well written story is both intriguing and fascinating, there is tension and excitement which kept my interest throughout The author keeps tantalising the reader with little snippets of information and I lapped it up The setting of Norfolk Holkham, Holt, Burnham Market etc adds greatly to the atmosphere, there are some very good scenes especially on the beach The characters are good and very likeable with the exception of journalist Zara Poole who is career driven and doesn t think of consequences in the pursuit of a story and making a name for herself I really like the fascinating science and medical information, for example about fMRI s, the science of the brain which is so well explained for this science numpty Overall, a good read There are some sections that are maybe a bit over dramatic and I am uncertain whether what happens to Mr Nobody no spoilers is indeed possible but the concept is so original that it doesn t matter if it is or isn t The climax is exciting and probably not achievable for a normal human ok for a Hollywood stunt person but it is so creative that artistic licence wins the day Recommended Thanks to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster for the ARC. Mr Nobody by Catherine Steadman the story of an unknown man found on the beach who has no memory of how he got there and a doctor sent to treat him that is trying to hide her past.This is a slow burning story, unfortunately it failed to hold my interest.Thank you to NetGalley and Simon and Schuster UK for my e copy in exchange for an honest review. A man washes up on a British beach, with no memory of who he is, or how he got there Is he the perfect study of retrograde amnesia or fugue Or is he lying Dr Emma Lewis is asked to take on the case But, why is the government so interested in Mr Nobody , dubbed Matthew by a caring nurse And, why is the case so secretive that Dr Lewis must sign a Non disclosure agreement, and risk her own secrets being exposed I was left with some unanswered questions.At times, I was completely intrigued, but through much of the book I wanted to skim, so although Matthew s identity surprised me, the pace was just too slow for me to rate this over 3 stars Thank You to Netgalley, Ballantine Books and Catherine Steadman for the digital ARC I received in exchange for a candid review This title will be released on Jan 7, 2020 Emma Lewis is a leader in her field of memory loss and is chosen to work on a case that will challenge her to determine the diagnosis is it retrograde amnesia, fugue or lying It will require her to return to her home town, which she and her family changed their names and left 14 years ago But Emma knows it s a big opportunity for her career because these cases are so rare This perfect offer out of the blue, this opportunity, the chance I ve been waiting for But I d have to go there Why does it have to be there of all the places in the world I ve spent fourteen years of my life trying to get away from that place, what happened there, and now now I find out that the only way forward, the only way out, is back. if I m honest, it scares me My face out there connected and connected and connected until it all leads back to that one night The night when my whole world was shattered and it was easier to just throw the whole thing in the trash than try to fix it.Both main characters have issues with the past Emma hides her past whereas Mr Nobody has no past He was found on a beach and has no memory of who he is or where he came from It s up to Emma to determine whether she can help him to remember But she is having problems of her own His world shrinks to a pinhead and then dilates so wide, suddenly terrifyingly borderless He has no edges any Who is he He has no self He feels the panic roaring inside him, escalating, his heart tripping faster His mind frantically searches for something anything to grab a hold of, his eyes wildly scanning the landscape around him But there is no escape from it, the void He is here and there is no before There are no answers. I ve been so focused on putting those pieces and you back together again that somewhere along the way I came apart at the seams.What a fun ride this was It had all the elements of a great psychological thriller suspense, mystery, twists and turns, hard to put down, kept you guessing, etc I was in the minority with my response to Steadman s previous work Something in the Water It just didn t float my boat LOL I was hesitant to read another book by Steadman but ultimately decided to take the chance and I am so glad I did Mr Nobody grabbed me right from the start and kept me turning the pages as fast as possible The premise was fascinating and the execution did it justice This is a compelling story that you won t be able to put down I thought I had figured some of it out but I was happy to learn I was wrong Mr Nobody is a unique story that you won t feel you ve read before The premise is fascinating and the execution does it justice.Thank you to Random House Publishing Group Ballantine Books and NetGalley for an advance reader copy in exchange for my honest review. 2.5 stars, rounded upCatherine Steadman scored big with Something in the Water, although it wasn t a particular favorite of mine But I was still curious to see what she would do with her sopho effort The book opens with a man awakening on the beach, wounded, with only hazy memories Among the missing memories are how he got there and what his name is Dr Emma Lewis is brought in to oversee his case She wants to see if this is truly a fugue state, a case of Retrograde amnesia, the loss of all personal memories.I m not a big fan of books where the main character is privy to information that isn t shared with the reader Here, we quickly learn that something happened in Emma s teen years that caused the family to move away and change their names But we aren t told what It soon becomes apparent that Mr Nobody knows what has happened as well Despite the irritation at the author s little trick of misinformation, the book moves at a fast clip and kept my interest The book is written so that Mr Nobody s sections are written in the third person and Emma s in the first person At times, it feels that she s almost talking to the reader It allows the author to slip in little psychological bits of knowledge, like defining blindsight His sections bring you forward from the time he is discovered, hers don t start until after he s been in care for six days and she s brought in to consult So, there is initially a back and forth jostling in the time There are other characters which also kept my interest In fact, my favorite part of the book was the drama between Chris and Zara and I wish their story had played a bigger part overall So, I was all happy with this book until about 80% in when it completely falls apart The ending was so nonsensical that all my earlier happiness with this book just disappeared Seriously, I would have graded the first part of the book 4 stars and the ending at 1 My thanks t netgalley and Random House for an advance copy of this book.