Normal by Graeme Cameron

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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.

My Review

I read this right after another psychological thriller that had a similar theme which I preferred, that doesn´t mean I didn´t enjoy this book, I just think I would have gotten more enjoyment out of it. I just didn´t love it. It is a dark, creepy and well written debut novel. It reminded me a little of the TV series Dexter.

It is written in the point of view of the main character, in first person who is far from normal as the title suggests, well, that is of course the idea. He has a secret which is in the secret basement underneath his garage and in the secret basement is a cage, and in the cage is a young woman…..

I loved her… she is smart and manipulative as much as the main character.

I wanted to enjoy this more, but it was lacking something for me.

I would be keen to read other books by the author as I thought the writing was good and there is promise in the future.


graema cameronAbout 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.


About the book

  • File Size: 401 KB
  • Print Length: 301 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0778318508
  • Publisher: MIRA (April 1, 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English

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