Book Review: “I Am No One” by Patrick Flanery

July 13, 2016 at 1:08 am | Posted in Books | Leave a comment
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Patrick Flanery in his new book, “I Am No One book coverI Am No One” published by Tim Duggan Books introduces us to Jeremy O’Keefe.

From the back cover:  A tense, mesmerizing novel about memory, privacy, fear, and what happens when our past catches up with us.

After a decade living in England, Jeremy O’Keefe returns to New York, where he has been hired as a professor of German history at New York University. Though comfortable in his new life, and happy to be near his daughter once again, Jeremy continues to feel the quiet pangs of loneliness. Walking through the city at night, it’s as though he could disappear and no one would even notice.

But soon, Jeremy’s life begins taking strange turns: boxes containing records of his online activity are delivered to his apartment, a young man seems to be following him, and his elderly mother receives anonymous phone calls slandering her son. Why, he wonders, would anyone want to watch him so closely, and, even more upsetting, why would they alert him to the fact that he was being watched?

As Jeremy takes stock of the entanglements that marked his years abroad, he wonders if he has unwittingly committed a crime so serious that he might soon be faced with his own denaturalization. Moving towards a shattering reassessment of what it means to be free in a time of ever more intrusive surveillance, Jeremy is forced to ask himself whether he is ‘no one’, as he believes, or a traitor not just to his country but to everyone around him. 

“I Am No One” is an interesting book that has a lot going on within it. Patrick Flanery has given us a multi-faceted character in Jeremy O’Keefe. As the reader we are not sure of where we stand with Jeremy. It is like sitting on the see-saw, one moment we are in one position the next moment the other position. We are never sure of where we are so that forces us to constantly re-evaluate the information we are being given. So we have to read as quickly as we can work to figure out just what is going on. “I Am No One” is loaded with twists and turns and red herrings that will leave you guessing all the while you are flipping pages to find out what happens next. There is a lot going on I do not believe you will not be disappointed.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tim Duggan Books.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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