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A Tiny Feeling of Fear

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  43 ratings  ·  14 reviews
'I've made a decision to become the only person on the planet to become completely truthful about everything. I've never told anyone my secrets before.

I'm hoping that being honest with you may just save my life. And perhaps yours.' This third novel by Jonathan Lee takes the reader through the many insecurities we all experience, through the eyes of Andrew Walker, an ordi
Published May 2015
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Oct 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was very different from what I have been reading lately and was a nice change from all the crime and suspence. Interesting subject matter, characters who show their vulnerability and make you think about life and how it can affect each of us in different ways.
Sophie Tumilty
Feb 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I was lucky enough to be sent this novel by the author through a Goodreads giveaway. It grabbed my attention from the very beginning. The opening line "Firstly, I'd just like to thank each and every one of you for attending today" is as memorable as the novel itself. Lee's characters are extremely well written and I found myself caught up in their complicated lives. Lee's third novel deals with mental health issues; anxiety and depression. The writing style and complex issues had me believe I wa ...more
Nikki Bywater
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Andrew Walker lets the reader into his life and talks to us about what is going on in his mind, the difficulties he faces suffering from anxiety and depression and how he sees the world around him and how on the outside he seems fine and successful in his career, but inside he is struggling and fighting a battle within himself.

Andrew Walker is a fictional character but with the story been told from his first person point of view he becomes very real and the lively, fast pace of the book draws yo
Andrew Webber
Jan 22, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Tiny Feeling of Fear has such an authentic feel to it that I've no doubt large portions of it are confessional. I know from personal experience the exact feelings he describes so perfectly. The prose is measured and detailed but at no point slows the pace down too much. It is also very cleverly done, and I guarantee you will want to re-read it again once you get to the end, and know the full story. A fantastic and brave story. ...more
Ashley Woodrow
Oct 01, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
M. Jonathan Lee 's third novel may just be his best yet! This book is insightful, honest and utterly compelling from start to finish. Lee deserves some serious recognition for this work and indeed for his previous books 'The Radio' and 'The Page'. ...more
Jun 12, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaway, 2017-books
Got the book in a giveaway ages ago and finally read it.
From the cover and the title, I was expecting a crime story but I was pleasantly surprised that it was not. I have mixed feelings about the writing - at times it felt a bit like a blog, but it suited the theme of the book and the anxiety of the narrator. I am not sure about the end, (view spoiler) That was
Christine Britten
Jun 19, 2017 rated it it was ok
I have family with mental health difficulties and I do love a good yarn, I read this book based on the good reviews. I was hopeful it would give me some new perspectives to take away too. It’s strangely overly well written, to the point where after 50 pages you feel a solicitors child who’s done something wrong. Disappointed really, lots of potential that just didn’t come to fruition.
Mar 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
My favourite M Jonathan Lee novel so far. So, so, so clever, and the characters so realistic and ordinary, yet out of the ordinary. The setting is easily identifiable, as are the characters' struggles and traits. The twist was brilliant, just brilliant. ...more
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This review originally appeared on my blog at

Thanks to Publishing Push and the author for gifting me this review copy!

I wasn’t sure what to expect from this book, as the blurb talks about mental health. Was this going to be the crazy ramblings of a manic depressive, or a thinly disguised dream sequence passed off as real life until the very end?

It’s neither. A TINY FEELING OF FEAR is a wonderfully down to earth, no holds barred tale of a man who is suffering from depressi
Cat Parker
Feb 20, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book. I was lucky enough to receive a signed copy in a Goodreads giveaway, without which, I may not have come across it.

Lee tackled a difficult subject matter with understanding and respect and if you haven't already lived with mental illness in one way or another, it would surely act as an eye opener. There was a lot of the story that would resonate with a wide audience. The day to day mundane is a familiar theme at least.

As I started the book I was slightly concerned that
Reyiel Ananke
Mar 04, 2016 rated it it was ok
I won this book through the Goodreads giveaway.
I chose the 2 stars rating as it describes exactly what I feel about it. It was ok.
The book is written so the protagonist is talking to the reader, trying to get them inside the book and what he is living.
He is the typical over burned company worker that on day decided he had enough, and good for him. Not a lot of people would age the courage to do it.
It was very well written; I finished it quite quickly, even if I had to fight myself to stop readi
Oct 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: drama
Well, I'm glad I stuck with this. I will admit I do like a little bit more of a storyline to my books, but I liked how this one turned out, and the neat little twist at the end was pretty cool. The beginning third was difficult to read, for me, as it reflected so closely on how I feel most of the time (minus a few things). The depth of feeling Lee accomplishes here should be commended. ...more
M. Lee
Sep 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-books
Outstanding third novel. A twist to rival the sixth sense. Read this novel.
Simon Hall
Nov 23, 2016 rated it did not like it
In my view this book is an inaccurate and bedraggled poke around MI issues, this book completely misses the mark.
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M Jonathan Lee is a nationally shortlisted author who was born Yorkshire where he still lives today with twins, James and Annabel.

His debut novel, The Radio was shortlisted for The Novel Prize 2012. He has spoken in schools, colleges, prisons and universities about creative writing and storytelling and appeared at various literary festivals including Sheffield’s Off the Shelf and Doncaster’s Turn

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