The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

Thank you to the author, publisher and Net Galley for the digital copy of this book in return for my honest opinion.

When is a true crime story not a true crime story? When it’s The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard. This whirlwind of a novel takes the reader through the experiences of Eve Black, the sole survivor from the night the serial killer dubbed The Nothing Man murdered her family. But also reading her account is security guard Jim Doyle, The Nothing Man himself, years after his final brutal attack. And as he reads Eve’s account and investigation into the cold case that shocked the nation, he becomes angry. So angry, he could kill again.

I was obsessed with true crime as a teenager, fascinated by what made killers tick, and I devoured this book in the same way I pored through those accounts in the 90’s. At times I almost forgot it was fiction until the author transported us back to our sneaky view of the real killer and his reactions.

I wondered early on whether a particular twist may be employed at the end and although I guessed correctly, it didn’t diminish my enjoyment at all. This is a captivating book from start to blistering finish.

Perfect for fans of the Netflix series Making of a Murderer or the Audible podcast Evil Has A Name.

Rating: 4 out of 5.