2020 Reading Challenge

2020 Reading Challenge
Jill Elizabeth has read 6 books toward her goal of 240 books.

Book Review: Mr. Nobody by Catherine Steadman

I’m a little disappointed by this one… I really really really liked the beginning. The mystery around Matthew’s appearance was well-designed. The attention surrounding Emma’s mysterious past was taut and intriguing. I couldn’t wait to see how the two would intersect – the hints and teasers were promising something dark and mysterious, I wasn’t sure if there was going to be a supernatural component, a series of accidents, or a long con – whatever it was though, the build was gradual and anxiety levels were high, and the reading was quick, tight, and enjoyable.

Then things started to be revealed, and frankly that is where the book lost me…

The delicious slow build that I enjoyed so much turned into a roller coaster ride of coincidences, half-explanations, and what felt like short-handed solutions to long and complex questions. It felt unsatisfying. It was never a question of whether I’d finish – the writing is engaging and I was so invested by this point that I was determined to see it through. It was a much slower read at that point though, and the ending almost felt like it was written by a different author – or at least one given a strict “wrap it up NOW!” order…

I think Steadman is a very talented writer and because I thoroughly enjoyed the beginning of the book, would pick her up again – I just hope the next book I read maintains the level of detail, description, and complexity from this one’s opening half throughout the entire story.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for my obligation-free review copy.

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