Wednesday, May 6, 2015

#REVIEW - Normal, a novel by Graeme Cameron

"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.

Advance Praise

Hypnotic and chilling–you won’t forget this in a hurry.” —Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author
“A black comedy…Cameron has written a painfully funny story that's littered with corpses, both intentional and unintentional, and proves that sometimes spotting the craziest person on the block isn't quite as easy as it seems.” –Kirkus Reviews
“Not since Patricia Highsmith’s Ripley have I been this compelled by a serial killer…Normal is virtually impossible to put down. Love this book!”—Calvin Crosby, Book Passage
“Graeme Cameron takes us on a supercharged ride… It’s a little bit Dexter, a little bit Natural Born Killers and a whole lot of fun.” —Christine Haynes, Chapters
“A full-blown Psycho-meets-Hannibal story that’s too wild to put down!” –Becky Walton, Ingram
"Normal" is unlike anything I've ever read before…Graeme Cameron is an author to watch!” –Lauren Peugh, Changing Hands Bookstore
“This is simply a brilliant book—utterly compelling and unforgettable. I loved it.” —Jamie Mason, author of Three Graves Full and Monday’s Lie

My Take:
4 Stars
You're all probably thinking, 'What the heck kind of book did she read?' LOLOLOL!!!! Eeeek! It IS kind of funny in places! You do laugh! Currently, as of this writing, it's number eight in satire!
I saw and read the first chapter or two from the book, Buzz Books Spring/Summer 2015, and this had me hooked. My husband and I like to read these types of books and watch serial killer shows on TV, so this one had to be read. These are truly escapes from everyday reading! I like a refresher every now and then, too, because there is always something you never would have thought of that sticks in your mind forever! So this one had to be read because it sounded pretty great in the beginning.
This is a quick read, but it is not for the faint of heart, though, after all he is a serial killer, and you never know what's up next for the next guy! Heck, we don't even know this guy's name! We know what he's thinking and doing, but that's about it. 
So he would grab his victims and put them in a cage in a basement. There was no rhyme or reason for why he chose, or who he chose, or when or even what he did, either. I'm not going to go into to much more detail about what he did, but at one point, you start to wonder if he wants to be normal, hence the title of the book? It's really weird! I don't think any serial killer, once they get this type of power can go back to normal, though. As for the rest of this one, you can read this for yourself, but I warn you, have a tough stomach! Eh, they're just words on paper, right?
If you love books like these every now and then, grab it and see for yourself! Enjoy!
I received this book from the publisher, Harlequin/Mira and NetGalley for review purposes.

ebook: $12.99
print:   $12.31


  1. I had this one from the library and returned it. I think I will re-reserve it :)

    1. Bummer you didn't get to read it the first time! You'll love it! It IS gruesome in some areas, and I did have to skim over a few of the gorey things he did to his victims, but I think you'll enjoy it! It's a DEFINITE change of pace! I like to read one of these every now and then! When he starts to fall in love, or thinks he's falling in love, you're stuck in your chair shaking your head! LOL!!! You're like, WHAT???!!! LOL!!!
      Thanks for the comment, and, enjoy reading it!

  2. I need to read this one for sure!

    1. Yes! This book sure is different! WHAT serial killer has EVER 'fell in love'??? LOL!!! Blows your mind! You'll love it!
      Thanks for coming by AND for leaving a comment, too!
      Have a great weekend!!!

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