Mr. Nobody

Ballantine. Jan. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9781524797683. $27. THRILLER
An injured man is found on a beach with no identification and unable to speak. Called Matthew by hospital staff and Mr. Nobody by the press, he soon attracts national attention. Neuropsychiatrist Emma Lewis is tasked with assessing if this case is true memory loss or if he’s faking it. Emma has an identity issue of her own—she’s living under an alias after a terrible incident years earlier in the same town where, perhaps not coincidentally, Matthew was found. Matthew regains his ability to speak and refers to Emma’s secret past, but she’s certain she’s never met him before. When her previous identity is revealed, Emma’s life is in danger, but she doesn’t give up on discovering Matthew’s true identity as he may be the key to understanding what happened to her years ago.
VERDICT Steadman (Something in the Water) strikes an engaging balance between character development and action in this satisfying, intricately plotted thriller that will appeal to fans of Sarah Pinborough and Ruth Ware. [See Prepub Alert, 7/8/19.]

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