MR NOBODY By Catherine Steadman


When a man is found on a Norfolk 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?

Neuropsychiatrist Dr Emma Lewis is asked to assess the patient. 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 small town in Norfolk fourteen years ago and has taken great pains to cover all traces of her past since then.

But now something – or someone – is calling her back. And the more time she spends with her patient, the more alarmed she becomes.

Has she walked into danger?


I absolutely love the first book “ Something in the water” so was excited to get an eARC of this one.

But I found this one a little bit disappointing, the writing is great, I just couldn’t engage with the story. The premise sounded good. A man waking up on the beach, wounded, with very little memory at all, he doesn’t know who he is, or how he got where he was. Dr Emma Lewis is brought in to oversee the case, is this retrograde amnesia, meaning his memories could come back over time.

We don’t know what happened to Emma when she was younger, but we know something happened, which meant her family moved away from the area, as well as changing their names. The reader has no idea what happened but it seems Mr Nobody does! Are they connected in some way?

The pace is good, the story keeps moving Emma’s story is written from first person POV, and Mr Nobody’s is third person. The time frame tends to go back and forth Mr Nobody’s is from when he is discovered, but Emma’s comes in after he has been there for six days, mainly when she is called in to consult on the case.

There are some other characters nurse Rhoda, Officer Chris and his wife/journalist Zara they are third person narrative. This is not really what I would call a thriller, no big plot twists, normally seen. The end for me personally was a disappointment.

Overall a good read, well written, but I think the writer missed just that something at the end that could have made you go oh wow I never saw that coming, it is suspenseful, but at times totally confusing. I was just slightly disappointed with this one. But will look out for the next book by the author. Others may enjoy this story.

I will give this ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ out of ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ because the writing is good, it just missed the last star because of the ending, and some of the plot just for me personally didn’t work.

I would like to thank #netgalley and #Simon&Schuster for an eARC of this book in exchange for an honest, fair and unbiased review.


Catherine Steadman is an actress and writer based in North London, UK. She is best known for her role as Mabel Lane Fox in Downton Abbey and is currently filming on the new Starz television series They Rook’. She grew up in the New Forest, UK, and lives with a small dog and an average sized man. Something in the Water was her first novel.

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