Published by Harlequin, MIRA on March 31st 2015
Genres: Fiction, Literary, Psychological, Suspense, Thrillers
eARC provided by Copy provided by publisher via NetGalley
"The truth is I hurt people. It's what I do. It's all I do. It's all I've ever done."He lives in your community, in a nice house with a well-tended garden. He shops in your grocery store, bumping shoulders with you and apologizing with a smile. He drives beside you on the highway, politely waving you into the lane ahead of him.What you don't know is that he has an elaborate cage built into a secret basement under his garage. And the food that he's carefully shopping for is to feed a young woman he's holding there against her will—one in a string of many, unaware of the fate that awaits her.This is how it's been for a long time. It's normal... and it works. Perfectly.Then he meets the checkout girl from the 24-hour grocery. And now the plan, the hunts, the room... the others. He doesn't need any of them anymore. He needs only her. But just as he decides to go straight, the police start to close in. He might be able to cover his tracks, except for one small problem—he still has someone trapped in his garage.
Discovering his humanity couldn't have come at a worse time.
This book took us inside the mind of a serial killer. Normal is about a man who could be your neighbor. He functions in society and seems normal. He is exactly why we are wary of strangers. The author makes us like him. This is so twisted.
This books starts off describing a girl named Sarah, and her surroundings. It will be the last time this girl is alive. The guy proceeds to execute and dismember her, most of this is left for us to imagine. No gruesome details or sex in this book, we just know it happens. The main character in Normal has no name. We don’t get a description of him. The main character is very complex. He knows what he is doing is wrong, but he does it anyways. He has a very nice set up and is smart enough to get away with collecting girls, for a while at least. His house is complete with a basement/dungeon under the garage that no one suspects. He keeps his girls there. Strangely, I was actually rooting for him by the end of this tale. His world gets flipped for him and he finds himself trying to create good karma for himself. If only the cops would just leave him alone.
I found it a bit uncomfortable and quite normal to be inside this guy’s head. He is not quite the monster I would have imagined. He loves the trill of the hunt and certain scenes left me relating to him, that makes me sound insane. He let his soft underbelly show when he meets a girl who really catches his eye. He wants to make a relationship work with her, but it is really tough when he has a girl caged under his garage and the cops are starting to get suspicious.
I really enjoyed this story. There is no way after reading the first chapter that I could not continue and see where the author would lead me. This story is brilliant and quite disturbing. Anytime I find myself hoping the killer doesn’t get caught, well that is taking me way outside of my comfort zone. It is amazing what we can get used to, it all becomes so damned Normal. I would recommend this book for those that enjoy a psychological thriller. This book does not disappoint!
About the Author
Graeme Cameron is the author of almost three short stories, two country songs and literally dozens of angry emails, including such classics as This Doesn’t Taste Like Chicken, The Car You Sold Me Is On Fire, and the hilarious and moving Re: Restraining Order (I’m in your house LOL).
Graeme lives in Norfolk and has never worked as a police detective, ER doctor, crime reporter or forensic anthropologist.