PJV Quickie: NORMAL by Graeme Cameron was a novel written in the spirit of books like AMERICAN PSYCHO and true crime novels, you are saturated in the mind of a serial killer. It’s not always a very comfortable place to be, but you might just enjoy reading about this particular killer…
Review: Graeme gets props right off the back for channeling a serial killer, unless of course he actually “wrote what he knows.” If that is the case I will not be going to his book signing…sorry.
The novel is the POV of the serial killer, a very mysterious serial killer. From the narration, the main character never reveals anything about himself. He talks about killing, the sadistic and psychotic tendencies that make him tick, but all this time as the reader, you know that he is just a “normal” guy and could be anyone on the street.
Much like any serial killer. Because we all know, the guy on the corner that looks like a serial killer…probably isn’t. It’s your neighbor. Yeah, the guy in the chinos, with the two kids and the perfect lawn. His lawn looks so good because of the chopped up body parts he’s buried underneath it.
Back on track though. This narrator is a lunatic. LUNATIC. Kills brutalizes and EATS women. And he talks about it in this book. It’s not for the light-of-heart. But, because he rationalizes his killings so well and you are all up in his sickness – you start to actually like the guy.
STOP STARING AT ME LIKE THAT. Read the damn book, you’ll get it.
What I just talked about, what I just said – you actually come to like the serial killer is what makes this book so good. Who can do that? Who can create a character so vile and sadistic, write from their POV and actually make you like that character? Well, obviously Graeme Cameron can.
Recommendations: This book isn’t for everyone if you like books like AMERICAN PSYCHO or television shows like Criminal Minds. You’ll love NORMAL. It’s all sorts of twisted, not recommended for immature readers.
I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
Normal by Graeme CameronPublished by Mira Books on March 31st 2015
Genres: Fiction, Psychological, Thrillers
"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.