Pick of the week 2. The Nothing Man Catherine Ryan Howard.

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… 

So The Nothing Man came along at exactly the right moment. I was knee deep into “I’ll Be Gone In The Dark ” a book that should be read by everyone and I’d just finished listening to Man In The Window, a podcast about the Golden State Killer which focused quite a bit on giving his victims a voice

Then I picked up this. At the heart of it is a killer…he is still free, old now and no longer hunts..but one day he spots a true crime novel. It’s all about him..by one of his surviving victims.

Catherine Ryan Howard is one of the best plotters in the business when it comes to crime fiction..in this case she has imagined an intriguing scenario with its roots firmly in a real life story, a kind of “what if” that immediately grips you and doesn’t let up until the very last page.

A book within a book, a twisted mind, a brave survivor…put all this together and you have a wonderfully absorbing read that is very hard to put down and even harder to leave behind you when you are done. Beautifully crafted for maximum impact, The Nothing Man is one of the most atmospheric and addictive novels you’ll read this year.

Highly recommended.

You can purchase The Nothing Man (Corvus) Here.

Happy Reading!

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