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Publisher's Summary

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 lines 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.... 

©2020 Catherine Ryan Howard (P)2020 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Gripping, beautifully written and genuinely chilling, The Nothing Man had me from page one. Simply stellar." (Meg Gardiner, award-winning author)

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  • SC
  • 09-02-21

Nothing Man is Really Something

There are a lot of things that I liked about Nothing Man. Of course the story made me listen to the audio book in just two days, it replaced the podcasts that I listen to during evening walk, and the music that I listened to during yoga. The format was very refreshing, a book within a book. The narrative is so vivid that it can compete with any Netflix thriller. The characters are so relatable.
And it will be incomplete if I do not mention, what a great job is done by John Keating and Alana Kerr Collins in narrating the book. I could truly connect with the characters because they made it alive.

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  • 28-08-20

Awful female narration which ruined a good book

A question (not really)....why chose someone who has a sing-a-along voice to narrate a murder mystery?! I reaeaaaally struggled to listen to the story while her voice was going up and down all the time, I thought of returning the book but the story does get you hooked from the start. I definitely will be looking for more of Catherine R Howards books.

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  • Big J
  • 02-10-20

Gripping Thriller

Loved this crime book by Catherine Ryan Howard. Bloody, graphic details but really satisfying ending.

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  • SandraL
  • 26-08-20

Blew me away!

This book blew me away! The Nothing Man is a book within a book. As a 12 year old Eve Black survived an attack by the Nothing Man in which her parents and sister all died. Now an adult she decides to write a book in the hope that someone's memory might be jogged and the Nothing Man might finally be caught.

We get to read Eve's book, along with her thoughts, and her narrative alternates with that of the Nothing Man, whose identity is revealed right at the start. The way the story unfolds is pure genius. I was totally hooked, so far on the edge of my seat that I almost fell off, and couldn't stop listening. The characters were all memorable with realistic back stories.

Catherine Ryan Howard is a superb story teller and I can't wait to read her back catalogue.

The two narrators did an excellent job, and their voices were perfect for the characters they portrayed so well, This book will definitely be in my top ten books read this year!

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  • dani
  • 22-08-20

A book within a book

What a great read and such a fresh concept. The narrators really brought the characters to life, and as the story is set in Ireland the accents were spot on. Eve was the only member of her family to survive The Nothing Man serial killer. Having grown up she writes a novel about her experiences and the killer as a means of trying to solve the mystery of who he is. Excerpts from her book form part of the storyline and I really enjoyed this format. I definite ‘keep you up all night book’! Highly recommended.

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  • Kevin
  • 04-05-21

Unreal read absolutely brilliant.

This is probably one of the best audio books I've lissened to yet. Truly brilliant.

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  • Veronica Puttock
  • 28-04-21

Horrible creepy and not for me

The story is nasty and uncomfortable. The performances (especially that of the eponymous bad guy) are creepy. Probably great if you like that sort of thing, but I didn’t.

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  • 22-03-21

Had me hooked from the start

I liked the reference to real crimes it set the story as believable, name dropping true crime podcasts was another nod. I enjoyed the story, listening at night was a tad creepy, hearing the house settle and telling myself I heard those noises before. Both narrators were excellent.

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  • Una
  • 20-03-21

Cannot finish this

No idea if the story is any good because the female narrator is dreadful. I have never dropped off as many times while listening to a book. The up and down list of her voice is soporific. Gave up after a while.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-03-21

Entertaining

Good story, was a bit rushed at the end but overall, good. Some gripping bits and then by contrast, some gaping holes in the plot. The woman reader was really robotic, it was a relief when the man took back over!

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  • mama
  • 05-03-21

long winded but good inparts

I enjoyed some of this book...had to stick with it a few times as was very long winded and boring at parts...I found the male narrator very good and the female narrator intensely irritating at times...seems her voice rose on every fifth word and at the end of each sentence..aaaagh ..spoilt things a bit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-11-20

five star crime writer

a brilliant gripping novel in a 'True crime" format. It is also very well narrated. This is an exceptional work and I look forward to her other works.

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  • elizabeth b.
  • 09-08-20

Love it

Love the voice love the story love that it’s set in Ireland. Also it’s not too yucky with blood and gust and stuff. Beautifully written.