Normal: A Novel
Normal: A Novel by Graeme Cameron
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This is a novel written in the first person; that person is a serial killer. Not only does he kill people, he likes to keep people prisoner in a cage underneath his garage too and when he killed Sarah, he took Erica. It looks like Erica isn’t your usual sort of prisoner though and when our killer meets Rachel, things start to get an awful lot more complicated…

I have to start by saying I don’t like books that glorify killing and make it seem easy or clever. In some ways this is that kind of book, which is why I only gave it 4 stars. However, for a brilliant characterisation you can’t get better than this and for making a really horrific character completely sympathetic, Graeme Cameron is to be congratulated. In fact, all the characters are fantastically well written; all of them have their flaws but you just can’t help warming to them and despite the setting being quite so appalling, it really does work.

This isn’t a book to take lightly at all, and I wouldn’t want it as my Summer holiday reading, for example but if you want to read something completely different and something which will really make you think, I highly recommend it!

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