Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Man I Think I Know” as Want to Read:
The Man I Think I Know
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Man I Think I Know

by
4.20  ·  Rating details ·  11,911 ratings  ·  621 reviews
This is the stunning new novel from bestselling author Mike Gayle, for fans of The Keeper of Lost Things and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine. A powerful and bittersweet story of an unexpected male friendship and an unlikely love story, a thought provoking storyline told with Mike's distinctive wit and insight, touching on issues which affect us all. This uplifting tale ...more
Kindle Edition, 320 pages
Published April 19th 2018 by Hodder & Stoughton
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Man I Think I Know, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Marion Leeper I'd say it was more of a bromance. Great if you liked his earlier Eleanor Oliphant.…moreI'd say it was more of a bromance. Great if you liked his earlier Eleanor Oliphant.(less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.20  · 
Rating details
 ·  11,911 ratings  ·  621 reviews


More filters
 | 
Sort order
Start your review of The Man I Think I Know
Dem
Aug 10, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars

A really lovely read, the sort of book that restores your faith in humanity. The Man I Think I Know is a story of male friendship and challenges with lovely snatches of humor and emotion.


I needed something bright and breezy, uplighting and tender and this is the sort of novel that ticks all those boxes.

Ever since The Incident, James DeWitt has stayed on the safe side, He likes to live his life by knowing what comes next. Danny Allen is hiding from his past and has pretty much givin
...more
Gabriel Blake
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everybody
The Man I Think I know by Mike Gayle is the first book ever to have brought me to tears. I think because it hit too close to home with me. Early on I could see some of my lost self in Danny; then I found out how James suffered his brain damage and it hit me hard. It hit me very hard having had the same thing happen to me in 2001 but with different consequences. Everybody has told me how lucky I was but for some reason, I have never felt lucky about surviving. My mind used to tell me I wasn't mea ...more
Rachel Gilbey
Mar 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Really no idea about to review this as the specifics that make James and Danny such special characters are best discovered by the reader. I truly believe going into this book with no preconceptions or thoughts as to what greatness would lie between its pages was the best way forward as anything else would have spoilt the surprise.

I have always enjoyed Mike Gayle's writing but although this does feature male friendship this a book that is sweet, heartwarming, and talks of new chances and two cha
...more
Maria Espadinha
Jul 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Healing Power of Friendship

“The Man I Think I Know” is a book about love in the form of friendship, exploring its healing power.

I bet this one will pull your heart strings 💖
Agi
Apr 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018, 2018-releases

Having been a great fan of Mike Gayle since reading his first novel "My Legendary Girlfriend" I am always impatiently waiting for his new release. This time he let us wait long but it was worth the wait, as I think that "The Man I Think I Know" must be his best novel yet. Mike Gayle has always been a champion of writing about relationships but this time he's opted for a different one, this of a friendship, and still he pulled it off completely, delivering a fantastic, emotional and realistic sto
...more
Rebecca Emin
I have been a fan of Mike Gayle for many years so I was excited to read this book. However as I began reading I noticed a change in his writing, I can’t really describe what it is that made me think that but this book really grabbed me early on and made me realise it would be one that would stay with me long after turning the last page.

James and Danny are introduced gradually from each of their point of view. This is really cleverly done as the initial perceptions you have of them both develop i
...more
Nigel
Sep 19, 2019 rated it liked it
I do get this story and it is well written. The characters are good too. However it is a little bit sugary for me. I don't regret reading it and maybe 3.5/5 ...more
Diane Whiting
If you are only going to read one book this year make sure that you don't waste your time and make it this one. Just occasionally I find myself reading something desperately trite and badly written and wonder just how I made the mistake of buying it. I think you sometimes have to be wary of Amazon recommendations. People seem to have liked this book but I found it so tedious. Even the two main characters were cardboard cutouts. I had to keep checking the title of the chapters to find out which o ...more
Mandy Gordon
Oct 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This was my first Mike Gayle book but definitely not my last. I LOVED it!! Couldn’t put it down and didn’t want it to end ...
Rachel
May 31, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*4.5*

Review to come but what a beautiful story <3
Katherine Hayward Pérez
Danny has had bad luck in life. Unemployed, he has just been given an ultimatum from his girlfriend- he has to find a job or she'll leave him. When he spots a job at a respite home, he's sure he's not cut out for it. He has no choice- if he doesn't want to end up alone, he has to take the job.

James was living a privileged life as an MP and property developer. He had it all. This is, until "the Incident" that left him with Acquired Brain Injury (ABI). His world from then on is reduced to his ove
...more
DubaiReader
Aug 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2018, review-copy
One of my favourite reads for 2018.
I had previously read a couple of Mike Gayle books (Dinner for Two and The To-Do-List) and considered them to be Chick-Lit, but written by a man - Guy-Lit. The Man I Think I Know was in another class entirely, one of my favourite books of 2018. It still contained Mike's trade-mark humour, but this was also full of empathy and emotion, and still remains with me even though I read it nearly six months ago.

The two main characters had been to private school togeth
...more
Tammy Klingner
May 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
A tender, heartfelt and joyous story that reflected back to me many of my core beliefs about life, and the power of connections and of kindness. Great characters, a lovely light read with some big messages. Just what I needed
Hayley
Apr 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh man did this utterly tug at my heart strings. I’ve been a fan of Mike Gayle for years now, but this book utterly blew me away.

James was once on the path to brilliance. He had just been elected a Labour MP after a huge successful career in property development. Then a violent attack left him brain damaged and unable to function on his own. He is utterly dependant on his parents.

When his sister sends James’ mum and dad on a cruise for their anniversary, James is put into a respite home as he is
...more
LindyLouMac
Apr 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mike Gayle is one of Britain's favourite authors, I have to admit that is the first book of his that I have read! Thanks to LoveReading for giving me the opportunity to read and review 'The Man I Think I Know' I will now be looking out for more of his work.
Having not read this author before or seeing any reviews prior to reading I was able to pick this up with absolutely no preconceptions and to be honest I was surprised as it was not what I expected. A completely for me anyway, new approach to
...more
Ineke van Mackelenbergh
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: chick-lit
A feel good, heartfelt and uplifting story. Warm and witty, told with great empathy, this is a story about how two young men - one with a privileged background and the other from a much more modest family background, both extremely intelligent and talented - come to grips with adversity caused by an unexpected bad turn in each of their lives.
Danny Allen and James DeWitt meet up again at a later stage in their lives having simultaneously attended a prestigious boarding school that each left with
...more
Rebecca
Sep 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"The Man I Think I Know" is a lovely story of male friendship and overcoming life's difficulties. It may be cheesy and predictable in parts, but it works and I've returned this book to the library with a smile on my face. Mike Gayle's getting 4 stars from me for this one.

Head over to my blog to see my full review: https://whatrebeccasread.wordpress.co...
...more
Sarah-Jane Frances
Jul 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: a-novel-idea-6
I found this book easy to read, the characters likeable and the message powerful. I love how Danny sets out to save and support James but ultimately experiences such personal growth and a healing journey of his own.
Although this story didn't have hidden twists or dramatic intrigue it sucked you in with hope and a desire to 'heal' the characters. Enjoyable but light.
...more
kittykat (Jo Tortitude)
4.5 ⭐️ This book is beautiful, emotional and hopeful.

Although not a romance, this book has some similarities (including how much I cried while reading them) to two I read last year that were romances (view spoiler) and needless to say, it was just as heartfelt and tear-inducing for me. However, like Warrior Blue, this one had the person affected not from birth. In his book, the 'problem' occurred when he was a fully grown adult and had the same impact on me because, at the
...more
Helen Costello
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another lovely heartwarming read from Mike Gayle. A novel look at Acquired Brain Injuries and living life afterwards.

James is living with his parents for the past 3 years after an ‘Incident’ changes his life overnight. You can’t help feel for his parents and how their dreams have been shattered. I loved how normal his family set up was.
Julia
Feb 04, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A really lovely read with a heartfelt storyline.
Jaime F.
May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Instantly became part of my favorites club. A book that cannot be missed. If friendship is a quality, this novel conveys the hidden secrets we possess within our group of friends to bring us to higher standards and appreciation of any “friend”.
Really good.
Clair
I am a huge fan of Mike Gayle’s books and have loved every single one of them so to say I was going into this book with high expectations was an understatement. I am absolutely thrilled to say that this book lives up to all its predecessors, The Man I Think I Know is another fabulous, heartfelt and funny read with characters you fall in love with.

At its heart, The Man I Think I Know is a book about an seemingly unlikely friendship between two very different men however James and Danny are more a
...more
Fiona Mccormick
Apr 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a truly wonderful book! James and Danny attended public school together but when they they meet up in later life, it is in a totally unexpected situation. After initially denying they had ever met, the two go on to build up a wonderful, quirky friendship that none of them could ever have imagined.
I could totally empathise with James's parents, they were so heartbroken for their son and found it hard to let him lead his own life. Danny was just what James needed, and they both helped each
...more
Sara Oxton
Dec 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Man I think I know by Mike Gayle one of the most powerful books I will ever read. I have read several of the authors book before and enjoyed them, but this one blew me away. This was such a well written story, it touched my heart and made me openly weep it’s a powerful story of a different type of love, the love of friendship. I am even crying writing this review and smiling at some of the funny moments in the story, I think its touched me more than I imagined as the subject matter was very ...more
Kerry Reay
Mar 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
If this book doesn't get made into a movie I'd be very surprised. It's one of the best books of this genre I've read in a long time, the last being me before you and everything everything. It's a beautiful moving story about friendship, love and loss and looking towards a brighter future. I absolutely loved the characters especially James, what a character he is. The story really pulled at my heartstrings and my heart went out to Danny Allen who is also another fabulous character. The only littl ...more
Clo
Jun 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Please do a sequel to this 🙏

This was the most amazing book I have read in such a long time. When I first read the blurb I had no idea what kind of book i was going to end up reading but my goodness what a book. I resonated with Danny more so than I have with any character in a long time. How real he was, the life he had, yet selflessly puts himself in the shoes of James and literally gives him a new lease of life. Trouble is I need to know the rest now, I want to read about the next chapter of t
...more
Eileen
Jan 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I can't say enough good things about this book. It is so uplifting and restores your faith in humanity. The story is told by the two main characters, Danny and James, two men who are both in a bad spot in their lives and are virtually saved by an unlikely friendship. It's a fast read that will have you missing the characters long after it ends. I highly recommend to all those who want to read something humorous, touching, bittersweet, and optimistic.

(I liked Mike Gayle' s writing so much that I
...more
Peter Tennant
May 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Loved it!! Heart rending, emotional, a tricky storyline, that only Mike Gayle can handle!!! And plenty of mentions of Birmingham!!!
Mary
Aug 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Chick lit but made me cry
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »

Readers also enjoyed

  • How the Penguins Saved Veronica
  • One Moment
  • The Map of Us
  • The Other Passenger
  • The Summer of Impossible Things
  • The Secrets of Strangers
  • The Other Half of Augusta Hope
  • The Glass House
  • Blood Orange
  • The Cows
  • The Silent Treatment
  • Just My Luck
  • Never Greener
  • The Catch
  • The Rules of Seeing
  • Home Stretch
  • Three Hours
  • A Sky Full of Stars
See similar books…
926 followers
I was born in the 70s — the 70s were great. I would recommend them to anyone.

I was also born in Birmingham — in my humble opinion the greatest city in the world with the nicest people too.

I used to live in London — a great city too. But a bit on the pricey side.

I also used to live in Manchester — another great city (although technically I lived in Salford which is next door but that’s sort of spli
...more

News & Interviews

Juneteenth, observed on June 19th each year, is an American holiday commemorating the day in 1865 when the last enslaved people in Galveston,...
57 likes · 9 comments
“I keep quiet and she keeps quiet too, until we use up all the quiet in the room so that finally one of us has to say something.” 3 likes
“Details are important when a day is special to you. But the difficult thing is that quite often you do not know a day is special until long after it is over.” 2 likes
More quotes…