$25.95ISBN: 9780385529075Availability: On Our Shelves NowPublished: Nan A. Talese - June 9th, 2015
A man in search of a borrowed screwdriver enters the open door of his neighbors’ house. He calls out but no one answers. He takes a step inside, then another. So begins Owen Sheer’s assured and haunting new novel, I Saw a Man. Michael Turner, a successful author of immersive journalism, has recently published a book to rave reviews. Now in London, he’s working on another. But between the publication and the present much has happened to Michael. We learn it all in flashbacks as he makes his way further into the house one step at a time, and as we the readers make our way further back into his recent history. Alone and unable to form a meaningful relationship he had felt incomplete—until he met Caroline. A foreign correspondent with her own impressive credentials and a taste for danger, Caroline had likewise felt only half-formed before meeting Michael. The two fell in love and built a nest in Wales where they began to build a full life together. A life cut short when Caroline, on assignment in Pakistan, was accidently killed. Step-by-step as Michael makes his way deeper into the house, we learn not only his personal backstory but also that of Michael’s neighbors, Jason, Samantha, and their daughters Lucy and Rachel. From the beginning we know something fateful is about to occur as Michael advances further into the house, but Sheers builds the tension slowly, winding us backwards and forward as he draws us ever deeper into the lives of all involved. The characters in I Saw a Man are fascinating, the writing mesmerizing, the surprises explosive—even to the last page. And it’s a novel that tells truth about life and about relationships. Who could ask for more?