Author: Graeme Cameron
Published by: MIRA
Publication Date: March 31, 2015
This is a love story. No, really.He lives in your community, in a nice house with a well-tended garden. He shops in your grocery store, bumping shoulders with you as you pass him and apologizing with a smile. He drives beside you on the highway, politely waving to let 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. One small problem--he still has someone trapped in his garage.
Discovering his humanity couldn't have come at a worse time.
Hell yes! Normal is a total win. I had high hopes for this book and it totally lived up to them.
I can’t help it, I love getting the story from the serial killer’s perspective. It’s friggin’ disturbing, yet completely fascinating. And it’s definitely 100% entertaining.
Normal is told from the main character’s perspective. What’s really cool about this is the fact that we never know the narrator’s name or age. There are little references that kind of narrow it down, but it comes down to him being faceless to us. He could be anyone … any regular, normal guy you pass on the street. Or date. Or live next to. Or work with. You get the idea.
I’m not going to get into details about what transpires, because there’s more to it than a serial killer falling in love. It gets … complicated. Yes, he starts having feelings for a woman and seems to start growing a conscious, but there’s a lot more to it. The more he tries to be normal, the more things get out of control. And the woman he already has locked away? Hahaha … I don’t even know what to say without spoiling it. But I will say that I love her. A lot. I had a strong feeling early on it would go the way it did, and I got the biggest kick out of it!
Listen, our guy is a sick fuck. Seriously. I mean, he kills and cannibalizes women; locks them in a cage and plays ‘games’ with them. Yet, you can’t help but to start feeling for him at times. That sounds ridiculous, but I swear, it’s in the most amusing way. I know this probably sounds wrong, but I laughed a lot throughout this book. It has that dark humor I love so much, and our guy finds himself in some crazy situations.
That’s what I love about Normal, it has an amazing balance of being disturbing and humorous – two of my favorite things. This took me on a deliciously creeptastic ride of insanity that I couldn’t get enough of. Should I seek therapy for enjoying it so much? Probably. But I don’t care! Give me more!
So yes, obviously Normal is a home run for me. And yes, you need to read it!