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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

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"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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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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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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Good story, read it yourself

I enjoyed this book, but the female narrator's speech pattern was distracting and grating. Definitely worth it but if you have the time and the piece + quiet to read it, then I would recommend to read this one.

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Weird, annoying narration of a good book

I have to abandon this audio book a few chapters in even though the story and writing is terrific. The problem is the narration. The narrator uses a strange intonation pattern that is really distracting. It's a pity the publishers or audio producer didn't say something during the recording process. A really great book has been ruined in audio form.

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Gripping Thriller

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

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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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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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Great Story undermined by awful narration

This is a cracking thriller, featuring a book within a book. It is an inventive approach and maintains the tension very well. There are two story lines. Eve Black’s book tells of the murder of her family and other acts of the Nothing man 20 years previously. He was never caught but we know who he is from the start as Jim, a security guard and ex police officer. His story is told alternating with that laid out in Eve’s book. The glaring problem with the audiobook is the sheer awfulness of the female narrator. Sentences are almost invariably delivered in a lilting sensationalist manner. There is no reason for this and she has an otherwise excellent speaking voice. Surely some editor could have addressed this. It would put me off reading any more audiobooks by the author if the same narrator is used. The male narrator is fine, with a strong Cork accent.

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Exciting crime thriller

I really enjoyed this book. A unique concept with some very interesting characters which had me gripped from start to end.
The narration was excellent too.

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Great novel wrong narrator accent

Unlike some others, I thought the female narrator's performance was fine. The only problem is she has an obvious Belfast accent (from Belfast, University in Dublin I understand) so totally unsuitable for the character who is from Cork and worked in Dublin. The book is excellent based on a clever concept and beautifully executed. Information is withheld from the reader but that is part of the plot so forgiveable. I devoured the book as fast as possible to get to the end.