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The Nothing Man

by Catherine Ryan Howard

Books of the Month Books with reviews by our Reader Review Panel Crime / Mystery Star Books Thriller and Suspense

LoveReading View on The Nothing Man

Razor-sharp tightrope time with this belter of a read, it is as dramatic and different as it is fabulous. Discover two books in one novel as true crime is enveloped by breathtaking storytelling. Read Eve Black’s memoir as she searches for the man who murdered the rest of her family 20 years ago. Sitting by its side is the story of the killer Jim Doyle as he reads the book and fears he will be unmasked. This has such a clever premise, Catherine Ryan Howard ensures that this is one of the few instances where knowing the identity of the killer actually adds to the intensity and drama. The change from one book to the other doesn’t jar in the slightest, each embraces and calls to the other and the transition is seamless. The tension increases until it is fairly reverberating through the pages. I let myself be carried away in the story, and don’t forget, this is a story, and it works because there is no sneaking a peek at the end! The Nothing Man is a blast of pure reading entertainment, and has been chosen as a LoveReading Star Book.

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The Nothing Man Synopsis

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...

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Closing date: 31/01/2021

We're continuing our 2020 Star Books giveaways!  We have launched a brand new competition for you to win the next batch of LoveReading 2020 Star Books. The most recent additions to our LoveReading Books of the Year 2020. As you may well know, we have a section of our site where we proudly display our Star Books – the books that really stand out from the crowd of the thousands of books published and the hundreds of books we select and read every year here at Team LoveReading. Books up for grabs The Englishman by David Gilman When She Was Good by Michael Robotham Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville People Like Us by Louise Fein The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard Slow Road to San Francisco by David Reynolds The Weight of Small Things by Julie Lancaster Ash Mountain by Helen Fitzgerald The World That We Knew by Alice Hoffman Silver by Chris Hammer The Innocents by Michael Crummey How to Raise an Elephant by Alexander McCall Smith Born Killers? by Kris Mohandie City of Margins by William Boyle Only Us by Stuart Dunn This draw is open only for UK residents currently in the UK and is free to enter, multiple entries from the same email address will only be counted once. The draw closes on 31st January 2021. Please ensure that the details you use to enter the competition will be correct at the time the competition ends. The winners will be notified as soon as possible.

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The Nothing Man Reader Reviews

In addition to our Lovereading expert opinion some of our Reader Review Panel were also lucky enough to read and review this title. You can click here to read the full reviews.

An original and clever concept. When the victim is writing a book to draw out her killer what could possibly go wrong! Full review

Julie Watkin

I have never read a book like this before – and I liked it a lot! It is rare and it is unusual featuring a real-life crime memoir - documentary-style writing within a fictional story. Full review

Dana Captainino

It will have you on the edge of your seat from start to finish. Full review

Carol Peace

All in all a story I really did enjoy and I’d happily recommend The Nothing Man to fiction and non fiction crime readers young and old. Full review

Miriam Smith

Eve’s book and her investigation behind the book had some powerful psychological lessons, and I enjoyed learning everything. If you already love true crime, and psychological thrillers, you have to absolutely read this and soon. This book is too good to be skipped. Full review

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The Nothing Man Press Reviews

Ryan Howard is a gift to crime writing. - Liz Nugent on Catherine Ryan Howard

Compelling - Skinny on Rewind

Fast-paced and vividly rendered. - Irish Times on Rewind

Chilling and mystifying from the get-go. - Times Crime Club on Rewind

A major new talent in thriller writing. - Daily Mail on Catherine Ryan Howard

Gripping, beautifully written, and genuinely chilling, The Nothing Man had me from page one. Simply stellar. - Meg Gardiner

Expertly crafted - storytelling at its best - Patricia Gibney

The Nothing Man is the most original and chilling thriller I've read in a long time, and is perfect for fans of Serial and The Fall. - Mark Edwards

The queen of high-concept crime fiction strikes again: this is the first novel I've read that really captures the chills and twists of the true crime that obsesses us. Catherine Ryan Howard has always been thrillingly good at what she does but she's just getting better and better with every book... I was utterly wowed. - Jane Casey

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All versions of this book

ISBN: 9781786496614
Publication date: 06/05/2021
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Paperback

ISBN: 9781838951061
Publication date: 06/08/2020
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback

Book Information

ISBN: 9781838951061
Publication date: 6th August 2020
Author: Catherine Ryan Howard
Publisher: Corvus an imprint of Atlantic Books
Format: Hardback
Pagination: 352 pages
Genres: Books of the Month, Reader Reviewed Books, Crime / Mystery, Star Books, Thriller / Suspense,
Collections: 90+ books that dare you to take a walk on the dark side., Our Favourite Books of 2020,
Categories: Crime & mystery, Thriller / suspense,

About Catherine Ryan Howard

Catherine Ryan Howard was born in Cork, Ireland. Prior to writing full-time, Catherine worked as a front desk agent in Walt Disney World, Florida, and most recently was a social media marketer for a major publisher. She is currently studying for a BA in English at Trinity College Dublin.

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