Saturday, 18 April 2015

Normal - Graeme Cameron

"He lives on your street, in a nice house with a tidy garden. 
He shops at your local supermarket. He drives beside you, waving to let you into the lane ahead of him. 
He also has an elaborate cage in a secret basement under his garage. 
The food 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. 
But this time it’s different… 
Dark, twisted and compelling, this is the most exciting and original thriller of the year."

This was brilliant - usually your average psychological thriller involves a really nasty evil killer-type fella, who everyone is happy to see foiled by the end of the novel. Not in the case of Normal. I really, really liked the unnamed psycho killer in this book - he really actually is quite normal (as the title suggests), apart from the whole needing-to-kill people scenario. 

A brilliant plot, with some excellent characters - I did particularly like Erica although I was unsure at first if she was suffering from a touch of Stockholm Syndrome or if she, too, was a bit crackers in the head - I highly, HIGHLY recommend Normal - especially if you're getting slightly tired of your average, run-of-the-mill serial killer. 

Normal is out now and you can get it here:

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