She wakes in an emergency room in a London hospital, to a voice that tells her: "You're on your own now. Take care. Be good." She has no knowledge of her name, her past, or even her species. It takes her a while to realize that she is human and that the beings who threaten, befriend, and violate her are other people. Some of whom seem to know all about her.
In this eerie, blackly funny, and sometimes disorienting novel, Martin Amis gives us a mystery that is as ambitious as it is intriguing, an investigation of a young woman's violent extinction that also traces her construction of a new and oddly innocent self.
About the Author
Martin Amis is the best-selling author of several books, including London Fields, Money, The Information, and, most recently, Experience. He lives in London.
Date of Birth:August 25, 1949
Place of Birth:Oxford, England
Education:B.A., Exeter College, Oxford
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I've never read a book like this before. I loved the narrative style - inside the mind of the innocent amnesiac Mary, and that of the omnipresent narrator. It was witty and intense, and darkly-humourous.
Quite disappointingly squanders an interesting premise with a story that really goes nowhere. It is deeply unsatisfactory to me (as it was to Aristotle who made the same remark on dramatic plots that get magically solved by the intervention of a deus ex machina) to read a self described mystery story where there is no engaging or recognizably intelligent set up and solution of the mystery. I think I am done with Martin Amis.
Other People:A Mystery Story was very interesting, and it captures you from the first page. Although some parts were rather disturbing, and eerie, over all this was a fabulous book. The first time reading it was a bit confusing, but it all pieces together like a jig-saw puzzle. I hope you have enjoyed it as much as I have, and if you have not read this, i highly reccomend it! You'll love it!