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3.19  ·  Rating Details  ·  459 Ratings  ·  83 Reviews
Martin Harris returns home after a short absence to find that his wife doesn't know him, another man is living in his house under his name, and the neighbors think he's a raving lunatic. Worse, not a single person - family member, colleague, or doctor - can vouch for him. Worse still the impostor shares all of Martin's memories, experiences, and knowledge, down to the last ...more
Paperback, 229 pages
Published by Michael Joseph (first published 2003)
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Jan 04, 2015 Ambyr rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not include synopses with my goodreads reviews. Read what the professionals wrote. It's better than my mumbo jumbo.
Actual rating: 4 stars

Okay, okay, okay, the first step is admitting, so here goes: I am addicted to reading made-into-movie books...after I watch the movie. I know, I know - I'm a disgrace to readers everywhere. I am also a Liam Neeson freak, like most other warm-blooded women out there. So it goes without saying that when I saw the previews for "Unknown" I had my schedule clea
Brian Wilson
Aug 21, 2011 Brian Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty good read here. Only thing that I believe kept this from being a 5 star review was the fact that I had started watching the movie and was a good 45 minutes in before I decided to stop and read the book before going through the rest of the film. I should have made that decision a hell of a lot earlier though, because there are SOOOO many differences in what I saw as compared to what I read that I just kept having this battle in my mind, saying "Wait, that didnt happen like this" or "Where ...more
Apr 23, 2013 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition

(Really this should be 3.5 stars.)

Botanist Martin Harris and his wife Liz arrive in Paris. As they're on their way to the apartment loaned to them by unorthodox botanical theorist Paul de Kermeur, Martin realizes he left his laptop at the airport; he hails a passing cab, driven by middle-aged divorcee Muriel. But the journey's cut short when a stolen lorry forces the cab off a bridge and into the Seine. Muriel saves Martin's life but he's in a coma for a few days. When he recovers he finds that
Taitrina Falcon
I read this book as the re-titled Unknown, which had Liam Neeson on the cover from the film. I had seen that cover before for the DVD but I hadn't seen a movie trailer, or the film itself.

I don't usually read first person but the book got my attention. This grants it at least two stars in my mind as it stood out from the crowd, I picked this over all the other books in the library to read first.

The book only got one additional star because I was disappointed when I got to the end. Throughout the
Mar 07, 2015 Kynan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a neat little book! I enjoyed following along with Martin Harris as he pieces his life back together after his accident and the chicanery as the story progresses makes for an interesting ride. My only complaint is that the book is quite short and I feel that there's room for more fleshing out of the story.

I listened to the audio version of this book, read perfectly by Mr Bronson Pinchot. I've not heard anything else narrated by him but I have heard that he quite good, this work was take
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Sep 26, 2012 Mareike rated it really liked it
Gerade aus den Staaten nach Paris gezogen, landet Martin Harris nach einem schweren Autounfall im Koma. Als er nach sechs Tagen wieder zu sich kommt, scheint nichts mehr so wie es vorher war. Seine Frau erkennt ihn nicht, ein anderer Mann lebt nun mit ihr zusammen in der neuen Wohnung. Unter seinem Namen. Martin hat auch keine Papiere mehr, mit denen er sich ausweisen könnte. Auch die Polizei hält ihn für einen Betrüger und den anderen Martin Harris für echt. Seine einzige Hoffnung scheint die T ...more
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Instead of the usual "short book trapped in a long book," this is a short book that needs to be a bit more. The Kafka-esque story of a man who, like the Steven Wright line, woke up to find that everything in his life was replaced by an exact duplicate - including himself!

Woven into this slender novel are discussions of plant communication, cybernetics, and identity. One never knows if there are actual bits of science that the author has leavened into his tale, or fiction designed to keep us inte
Jun 06, 2015 Steve rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: novels, translations
This is a case, for me, of a novel undone by a too-tidy resolution —without revealing what that resolution is, I'll say I was much more interested in the confusion of the story and of not having a clear sense of what was happening and why. That confusion was suggestive and thought provoking, but the ending was so specific and so reductive that it had the retroactive effect of making the whole novel become less interesting to me after the fact. Whereas the other novel I've read by the author, One ...more
Dec 05, 2011 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own, 2011
The thing I really liked about this book was that it was super easy to read (I literally read the whole book while waiting for a flight... and the flight wasn't even delayed). The thing I didn't like about this book was the concept was super scary and not scary like Stephen King, that I can live with... this book was a whole other type of scary. Imagine waking up knowing who you are, but all the people around have forgotten. Your own family doesn't recognize you; in fact, your wife has replaced ...more
Mar 24, 2015 Neil rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although the end is slightly predictable, the pace of this book is still notable and the twists and turns will have you doubting if you really think you know what's going to happen. I tried watching the movie, Unknown, after this...I love Liam Neeson, but they changed too much from the book and it just didn't work. All in all, a great quick mystery.
Sep 28, 2015 Omaira rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"Un libro con una buena premisa inicial que pierde fuerza a medida que avanza por culpa de la ralentización de la trama y el exceso de ciertos detalles demasiado técnicos. El final sorprende pero es algo precipitado".

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May 07, 2011 Sheila rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Easy read. A man survives a traffic accident and wakes from a coma as a result. He arrives back at his apartment to find another man who has taken his place. His wife does not recognize him. He goes to the police station and files a report. The imposter arrives at the station and accuses him of lying. He has no recourse but to enlist the help of the female taxi driver, Muriel. He has no money and no identification. He returns to a neuropsychiatrist who treated him in hospital for help. The neuro ...more
Mar 30, 2015 Toreisii rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, mystery
This was an engaging read. I had to suspend my disbelief several times when science or psychology was being discussed but the talks were meant to be misleading. Some of the foreshadowing and symbolism were also heavy-handed. Not a bad book, although the ending was a downer.
Gale Harrington
While the story was gripping and kept me hooked as I tried to figure out the truth with Marvin, the protagonist, the ending felt abrupt and a bit out of nowhere. I've read the movie is different- definitely want to check that out too.
Grant Thompson
A quick read with a solid twist, Out of my Head manages to get interesting at times and does enough to keep the reader turning the pages; but if you are looking for a book that's a real head trip I suggest looking elsewhere.
Anthony Mullally
Jul 19, 2015 Anthony Mullally rated it really liked it
not to unlike the film i have to say that it was the plot that had me flummoxed and then when Martin Harris turned out to be some one else i nearly fell of my seat it was hard to believe at times
Sep 15, 2011 Jessica rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A short, but intense read. I finished it in a day, not because it was so short, but because I simply couldn't put it down. Any one who likes psychological thrillers will love this. It reminded me a little of the Bourne Series.

Now that I have seen the movie, I have to say, that this may be one of the occasions where the movie may be actually better than the book. The movie simplified some of the more complex plot lines, and increased the action. The book was good, but the movie was better. A mus
a good book that could have been great. expanding the book and exploring action would have worked well.
Sep 18, 2013 Pascale rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Despite a somewhat rushed ending, an absolutely gripping story about a man who questions his identity, and then the idea of identity.

This is the story of a man who wakes up from a coma to find that an imposter has taken his place in his apartment. Although the end was a bit of an easy solution, it made sense, considering the author’s occasionally absurdist style and situations. But it was so good, I couldn’t put the book down until I was done reading it (then, I had that little feeling of disap
Jan 16, 2015 Floriane rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
L'histoire est très bien menée et surtout l'écriture est très agréable, c'est un roman court q'on lit très vite. Par contre, je n'ai pas du tout envie de voir le film. Bonne lecture!
Sep 20, 2011 Kristyh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011
I enjoyed this book but I want to reread it as I read it over a weekend where I was volunteer helper at Camp and was constantly interrupted and found it hard to concentrate properly when I was reading. It is classified as a thriller, and the storyline was certainly intrigueing, however I would normally associate more "action" in the thriller genre. I was never "on the edge of my seat", and the resolution was speedy and rather unsatisfactory. I think it would make an excellent film and with Liam ...more
Joy Ramlogan
This book was made into a movie with Liam Neeson as the amenesiac who wakes up with his world upside down and inside out and his identity all gone except in his head. Because of the movie, the book was marketed as "unknown" not "hors de moi" or "out of my head" like this translation. Fascinating idea however, almost like a novella in length and edgy - can you change fate and be redeemed for your sins? I think this book works on several levels,as a thriller and a psychological study and as a stra ...more
Feb 06, 2016 Sasha rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
honestly this book was disappointing. I was bored of it quickly. this is the first time I could say the movie was better.
Jul 29, 2011 Trish rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 28, 2015 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Passionant (lu en 2h)
Jun 16, 2014 Mick rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing in every sense.
Jan 28, 2014 Sherlocked1984 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2reread
Awesome book! "what matters is not the harm I've done but the good I can do" beautiful!
Michell Xool
Mar 06, 2015 Michell Xool rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Es extraño cómo el hecho de estar excluido del presente rejuvenece el pasado".
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