Mini Book Reviews: The Nothing Man | Fifty Fifty | House of Correction | The Island

Today I’m sharing some more mini reviews of books that I’ve read in recent months!

The Nothing Man by Catherine Ryan Howard

I love Catherine Ryan Howard’s novels so I was really keen to read this one and I’m so happy to say that I loved it! The Nothing Man follows two characters: Jim – a security guard who appears like an ordinary 60-something man; and Eve who has just published her memoir. Eve is the only surviver of the nothing man and her book is all about this man and how she desperately wants to find out who he is. I loved the cat and mouse element of this novel, and was really tense knowing that the nothing man knew about Eve’s book and was reading it. I also loved all the excerpts from Eve’s book and to see what she had written and uncovered about her attacker. This book was so gripping and I honestly couldn’t put it down. It was chilling at times, especially how much it echoes the Golden State Killer’s attacks. I definitely recommend this book!

Fifty Fifty by Steve Cavanagh

I’ve read and enjoyed a couple of Steve Cavanagh’s novels so was highly anticipating this one. The novel opens with two phone calls to 911 from two women both in the same house reporting a serious assault on their father. The novel the follows the lawyers representing each of the sisters as they try to work out what happened and how to defend their clients. I found this book really gripping and I just wanted to know how it was going to turn out. I felt I knew how it was going to end and I was right, and I did find that disappointing for many reasons but it didn’t stop my enjoyment of the rest of the novel. I definitely need to go back and catch up on the earlier books in this series!

House of Correction by Nicci French

I got an ARC of this on audiobook from NetGalley and I really enjoyed listening to it. The novel follows Tabitha who is in prison awaiting trial for murder but she can’t remember what happened when the murder occurred so is trying to work it all out. Tabitha is an unreliable narrator, and I always love this in books when you don’t know if you can trust the person telling the story! This was a really gripping read, and I loved that when Tabitha gets to trial she decides to defend herself and the plot becomes much faster paced. I really enjoyed this novel and am looking forward to reading more by Nicci French in the future.

The Island by C. L. Taylor

I listened to this on audiobook which I received from NetGalley. I found this a really engaging audiobook with different narrators for each of the characters which made it easy to follow. The novel follows a group of teens who go to an island for a survival holiday but when they get there unexpected things happen and they soon wonder if they’re really alone and if they’re safe. This isn’t my favourite C. L. Taylor novel but it was a fun read and one that had me listening every time I had a few minutes to spare.

14 thoughts on “Mini Book Reviews: The Nothing Man | Fifty Fifty | House of Correction | The Island

  1. I do like Nicci French’s work, Hayley, so it’s good to hear you enjoyed that one. And I keep hearing how good Fifty Fifty is. I’ve not read it yet, I admit, but a lot of people I trust, like yourself, are saying it’s great. I ought to look into it.

  2. Great mini reviews Hayley. I love The Nothing Man as well. I have not read anything by Nicci French, but I plan to remedy that.

  3. None of these would be my choices but I’m glad they engaged you and clever you for guessing the outcome of the one, although I suppose that’s a bit disappointing!

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