Mr. Nobody

Mr. Nobody

A Novel

Book - 2020
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"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 forgotten. Neuropsychiatrist 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 are. But now something--or someone--is calling her back. And the more time she spends with her patient, the more alarmed she becomes that he knows the one thing about her that nobody is supposed to know"--
Publisher: New York, New York : Ballantine Books, ©2020.
ISBN: 9781524797683
Characteristics: 348 pages ;,25 cm.
Alternative Title: Mister Nobody

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cookie4965
Jul 02, 2020

This book kept me interested--I read it in 3 evenings. The plot was somewhat contrived and the main character's neuroscience credentials seem to cover several different specialties although she seems like she hardly was well-trained for even one of the specialties. Overlooking that issue, there were sufficient twists and turns to keep me interested, although I did roll my eyes at the end. Still, I would recommend it.

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AMWayment
Jun 22, 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 deception? It will require her to return to her home town, which she and her family changed their names and left 14 years ago. 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.

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JLMason
May 19, 2020

This book is too contrived, the plot contorted to make it work. The woman in this psychological thriller is supposed to be a respected neuropsychiatrist, but she's a mess of insecurities and just not credible as a professional. To further the plot she makes a number of bad decisions, misses something a colleague clearly sees, and lets emotion overcome better judgement with respect to her patient.

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ABCDot
May 12, 2020

I liked this book! It was a good psychological thriller with a very different focus : neuroscience, focusing on types of amnesia. Doctor Emma Lewis is called in to treat a mysterious man with amnesia and in a strange twist, he seems to know things about her past - a past which she has been trying hard to keep secret. Is he friend or foe? You'll be kept guessing.

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pansey
Feb 25, 2020

very good book,real page turner,its not a slow book.
hope we see more of this amazing writer in the near future.

debwalker Jan 22, 2020

When your patient (a man with no memory) knows far more about your past than his own.....

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brangwinn
Jan 14, 2020

Well-paced and thoroughly engrossing, this psychological thriller puts a man who remembers nothing in the hands of a young neuropsychiatrist who is trying to hide her past in Norfolk, England. Steadman can create characters you care about. Even when a good guy turns into a bad guy, the reader will have sympathy. I’d love to have more stories about the Nurse Ronda and Dr. Lewis as well as the policeman, Chris Poole. I really cared about the three of them. From the ending, though, I assume this will be a stand-alone book, but I’d still like the three of them for friends.

ArapahoeAlice Dec 29, 2019

Spent the weekend reading this book. I love amnesia stories.
A man turns up on a beach in Norfolk and has no idea who he is or how he got there. The press dubs him Mr. Nobody. Who can help him? Enter Dr. Emma Lewis, neuropsychologist, an appealing and intelligent heroine--who has memories she'd like to forget.
I enjoyed the author's strong research on neuropsychiatry. Also the excellent backstory on Emma; bit by bit you learn what happened in her past that makes it so difficult for her to have returned to the Norfolk town where she grew up.
The heroine did take some risks that almost placed her in the realm of TSTL (Too Stupid To Live), but she was brave and resourceful, so I forgave her.
Read this for compelling psychological suspense.

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