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…
I finished reading this book yesterday and I was utterly gripped. Wow! What a read.
The concept and structure of this novel sounds really complicated. A serial killer, who has remained uncaught for 20 years, reads a book written by a survivor of his last attack. In it she describes the attacks, what it has done to her and how she longs still to find out who he is, catch him and punish him. The narration switches from the killer to the survivor in present time, the attacks from when they happened in the past (and which are described quite vividly) and we also read in this novel from the true crime book, also called The Nothing Man, written by the survivor and being read by the killer!! Wow! Not your average time switching story, no. What this is is a wonderfully skilfully structured novel, which is extremely imaginative, totally gripping yet also really easy to follow.
As the synopsis reads, we meet Eve, now 30 years old, and hear of the night which changed her life completely. The night The Nothing Man, so called because the police had nothing on him, commits his fifth and final attack over a two year period back in 2000/1. Through her narration and the text taken from the book she has written we learn of that night, her life afterwards, and her investigation whilst writing the book. We also follow Jim Doyle in present day, as his world becomes untethered by reading the contents of The Nothing Man.
This is a really hard one to review, without giving any of the story away. Not only is the book a thrill to read because of it’s imaginative structure but it is also a great thriller full of shock, twists, heartbreak, and a constant low lying feeling of menace around it. The author wonderfully gets into the heads of all the characters and you really feel for the victims. The attacks are described quite graphically and the fear of the victims leaps from the pages. The aftermath of the attacks are also well portrayed and you really get a sense of what horror The Nothing Man has leased. There is a really great constant feel of imminent danger in this book which made for a great thriller.
The story moves at a perfect pace and the details and events come together superbly keeping me glued to the page with a great ending finishing off the book. I’ve read a lot of thriller/phycological thrillers over the last couple of years but this book took that genre up a notch, if you like your thrillers dark, but are in a bit of a slump, read this! It’s like nothing else out there.