Mr. Nobody

“He takes another cautions breath and tentatively tries to raise his head, careful not to stir the lurking pain nestling in his skull. Damp sand, like candied sugar crystals, sticks to his stubbled check as he shifts his weight up onto aching forearms, cautiously testing the limit of their strength as he squints out into the morning light. How did I get here?”

Mr. Nobody
By Catherine Steadman
Source: Advance review copy

A man is found on the beach in Norfolk, England, his clothes damp, shivering and with a head wound. He becomes a news sensation when he is taken to the hospital but he can’t speak and he doesn’t remember his name. A dedicated nurse rather than calling him Mr. Nobody names him Matthew until he can recover his memory.

After the hospital is stumped with his case they bring in medical expert, Emma Lewis, who has worked on cases of amnesia and fugue states. How she is assigned the case seems a bit too good to be true but she can’t lose this opportunity even if it does mean she’s going back to a place she’s been gone from for a long time.

Emma has some serious reservations when she meets Matthew because even if the staff thinks he has amnesia he reveals something to her that only she knows. Chris Poole, a police officer and former friend of Emma, is also on the scene to help Emma and find out more about Matthew.

This started of as a great thriller with so many questions about Matthew and Emma. They both had secrets and the author takes her time unraveling the story. I also really enjoyed some of the minor characters in particular the nurse who helps Matthew. The ending was a bit of a letdown as I felt like it was unnecessarily convoluted but overall I really enjoyed this psychological thriller.

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After the End

“Leila swallows. If it is this hard for her, how impossible must it be for Pip and Max to listen to the judge’s words? To know that in a few moments they will hear their son’s fate.”

After the End
By Clare Mackintosh
Source: Advance review copy

Pip and Max Adams life is turned upside down when their young child is diagnosed with cancer. Their days are marked by countless hours at the pediatric unit where Dylan receives his chemotherapy.

They see other children come and go and when a child is released healthy and happy they imagine that one day that will be their child but those dreams are shattered when Dr. Leila Khalili comes back with a grim diagnosis.

After thinking things through Pip and Max reach a conclusion on what to do next however they are not on the same page and now the courts must intervene to determine what is best for Dylan. The couple who thought their love would get them through this tragedy is now faced with being on opposite sides. Both fighting for their son and both still very much in love but how will they face this challenge?

At this part of the narrative the author decides to take the reader through two different story lines to imagine what happens depending on which choice the parents will have to take. I really liked this and thought it was an interesting way to show that regardless of the path, this family was going to go through the most difficult time of their lives. This was a sad and moving story and despite the subject matter it was a page-turner because I was invested in what happened to the characters.

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Weekend Recap

I hope you all had a very nice weekend. We enjoyed ours by trying a new recipe and watching a new show but before we get into that can we just admire this beautiful print?

My dear friend, Christine, sent this to me and I love it so much. She knows me so well. It’s so funny because as my hair has gotten very long I often wear it in a little bun and I would say I spend most of my time barefoot unless I have to go out. I don’t have a pet fox but I can imagine having one. Not sure where I’m going to eventually leave my print so for now just trying different areas around my craft/library room.

Speaking of my craft/library room, I spend part of the weekend cleaning. I want to donate some stuff I no longer use and there’s a great place to donate arts/crafts supplies here in town but with the pandemic they are only receiving donations by appointment and those spots fill up quick.

Oh and the food, we had a Greek Salmon quinoa bowl which was really delicious and filling. We used a recipe very similar to this one. The one we had was also from a magazine but I cut it out a long time ago and can’t remember where I found it.

As far as the tv show we started watching, The Crime, a Polish police procedural. There’s only three episodes to the first season so we’ll finish it this week. It’s not the best but it’s entertaining and we just love watching international crime shows.

On the book front, I had great expectations of at least finishing one of my four current reads and that didn’t happen. What can I say, my reading is just definitely not where it usually is but I’m planning to take a couple of days off soon so hopefully when I have a bit more downtime I can really relax and enjoy more reading.

Anyway, that’s it for me, how was your weekend?

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