The Man I Think I Know – Mike Gayle

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This is the stunning new novel from bestselling author The Man I Think I KnowMike 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 reminds us of the simple courage at the heart of every human being.

Ever since The Incident, James DeWitt has stayed on the safe side.

He likes to know what happens next.

Danny Allen is not on the safe side. He is more past the point of no return.

The past is about to catch up with both of them in a way that which will change their lives forever, unexpectedly.

But redemption can come in the most unlikely ways.

My Review

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 alike than first expected.

I’m not going to go into the details of James’ and Danny’s characters as the beauty of this book is the reader finding out for themselves. The Man I Think I Know is told through alternating chapters. The author has done a tremendous job in giving the men distinct voices meaning that it is very clear as to which character is narrating without even having to refer to the name at the start of the chapter.

However, this book is more than just the developing bond between James and Danny, there are supporting characters who enhance the plot through their own perspectives. I particularly liked Martha as she is a massive champion of her brother, James and only wants the very best for him.

The Man I Think I Know is such a powerful and thought-provoking story as it also explores how two individuals with the same start in life at an expensive, high-brow school can end up in such different places and how their career paths can change literally overnight. This is one book that will stay with me for sometime.

Along with it’s serious subjects, it is also very humorous at times with James’ dry sense of humour which is lost on a lot of people – there are some brilliant one-liners from him!

This is one of those books that is tugging on your heartstrings one moment and has you laughing out loud the next – another stunning plot line and narrative from Mike Gayle.

Cannot recommend this book enough! An exceptional read.

About the Author

Mike Gayle.jpgMike Gayle was born and raised in Birmingham. After graduating from Salford University with a degree in Sociology, he moved to London to pursue a career in journalism and worked as a Features Editor and agony uncle. He has written for a variety of publications including The Sunday Times, the Guardian and Cosmopolitan.

Mike became a full time novelist in 1997 following the publication of his Sunday Times top ten bestseller My Legendary Girlfriend, which was hailed by the Independent as ‘Full of belly laughs and painfully acute observations,’ and by The Times as ‘A funny, frank account of a hopeless romantic’. Since then he has written thirteen novels including Mr Commitment, Turning Thirty and Wish You Were Here. His books have been translated into more than thirty languages.

You can find him online at and on Twitter @mikegayle.


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