Normal

Normal

by Graeme Cameron

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ISBN-13: 9780778317777
Publisher: MIRA Books
Publication date: 03/29/2016
Edition description: Original
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 263,839
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Graeme Cameron lives with his family in Norfolk, UK. Normal is his first novel.

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Normal 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It seems every other review has a brief summary, so I'll spare you the pain of it. Before I get into the plot, I would like to say that Camerons style of writing is very refreshing. He has a splendid mix of show vs tell and just the right blend of description to set the scene. I hope he continues writing full-length novels for I'm eager to read more! Now - for the actual book - NORMAL was quite a riveting read. I found myself laughing with the narrator, being afraid for him, and rooting for him to make it with the girl. Of course, its a strange emotion to want him to make it with the girl and hope he doesnt kill her all in the same breath. Its an interesting look into a killers mind, and was well worth the money for a good book.
quibecca More than 1 year ago
4.5 STARS AND CREEPTASTIC!!! This book was a total mind trip.  This book kind of reminded me of the show Dexter.  Seemingly a normal guy, and then in his spare time a serial killer.  Unlike Dexter though I didn't find myself rooting for the killer...I know sounds weird, but this guy....Wow...CREEPY. I think the creepiest thing about this book is that the MC was just the "nice" guy next door.  Yet leading a double life, and secretly torturing women.   When he finally meets someone that makes him feel different than he ever has, he starts thinking that he may not have to hurt people to survive anymore... He's a horrible human being.  He does horrible things to women.  It's scary, and my head is still spinning from the book.  I don't even know if I can explain it well enough to do it justice.   It grabbed me from the very start and kept me interested, and creeped out the whole time.  Although the ending drove me a little crazy.  It doesn't tie up into a nice little bow for me.  When a book doesn't end in a way I think is "perfect", I dream about it.  I have to dream up what the author might have wanted me to get from the ending.   I am sure I got something totally different than any one else, but still.  I needed a little bit more at the end.   All in all it was a fantastically, creeptastic book.  Mind twisting....but creeptastic.  The only complaint I have about this book is the language.  The story is fantastic.  The writing is done well.  I could feel how scared his victims were, and sometimes found myself feeling anxious for them.  The author definitely brought a lot of feeling out of me while reading.  This totally would have been a 5 star for me if it weren't for all the language.   Source:  I bought this book for my self.  I was not compensated in any way for this review.  These are my own PERSONAL thoughts on the book
eternalised More than 1 year ago
I’ll be honest. I’m not sure what to think of Normal. Usually, when that happens, I browse through other reviews to find points I can relate to, and things I see differently. But with this book, the opinions are so divided I still don’t know whether I like it, or I hate it. At its core, Normal is a book about a serial killer who blends in completely with his surroundings. However, he’s adept at kidnapping young girls, putting them in a cage and eventually killing him. So he’s a monster, in a way. But when this serial killer, who doesn’t get a name during the book – which works surprisingly well – meets a girl at the checkout from the 24-hour grocery and falls in love with her. He doesn’t want to kill anymore, he doesn’t want to hunt people anymore, all he wants to do is love this girl. But he has a few problems. Like the girl he has hidden in his basement. The girl he just killed. The police right on his heels. So, I like the premise. A serial killer who suddenly doesn’t want to kill anymore. I like it, but I’m not buying it. Especially not the way it’s written here, with the whole falling in love thing (which happens way too fast, and is unrealistic). The book reminded me of the final seasons of Dexter, when he falls in love with this female murderer. Things went downhill fast after that storyline was introduced, and the same thing happens in this book. The plot sets out for an excellent psychological thriller on the first few pages, but then turns into a laughable chase between the killer and the police, and him suddenly befriending not one but two women, and then having a third seemingly attracted to him as well. I’m sorry, but finding so many people attracted to a serial killer is almost impossible. And then the way the police handles things? That was laugh out loud hilarious. I’m all for dark humor, but it needs to be realistic, and that’s what this book is lacking. We also never get a back story into the killer’s mind. Why does he kill these women? Why hold them in a cage for so long? Nothing is ever explained, and since we spent the entire book firmly in the killer’s mind, we should get an explanation as to why he does the things he does. The characters are dull. Their behavior is erratic. The women never reach beyond the personality of a cardboard figure, especially not the love interest. The behavior of the characters kept contradicting itself, which was just plain annoying. On the other hand, I did enjoy the writing style, and I felt like, although we got no back story, I got a good impression of what went on in the killer’s mind. However, the story was just too unrealistic and the characters’ behavior too out of place for me to truly enjoy it. I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
nfmgirl More than 1 year ago
This story follows a cannibalistic serial killer who likes to keep women in his dungeon until he decides to kill them, and often eat them as well. The story doesn't get too much into his way of life. It seems he's been doing this for awhile when the story picks up, but it covers a brief period of time. I just couldn't really get into this story. It seemed to move too fast, with the characters emotions and infatuation escalating too quickly. The character development was really rather superficial, and I just didn't understand them. The story wasn't very believable, the characters didn't feel authentic, and when it was all over I was mostly left just scratching my head and wondering what just happened? Meh. It was okay, but it didn't live up to my expectations. 3 1/2 stars
JBronder More than 1 year ago
This story is told from the point of view of the killer. We follow him as he kidnaps and locks women up in a cage below his garage. Then he plays with them, disposes of them, and goes on to the next girl. But then Erica, the grocery checker catches his eye. He becomes obsessed with her. He decides that he is done kidnapping and killing. He is going to put it all away just to be with her. But the cops are sniffing around him and he still has a girl in his cage. I have to say that I really liked this book. It’s done from the killer’s point of view; you don’t even learn his name. I like when books take that direction but they run the risk of being unrealistic. Normal does a great job with him having a normal appearance and reactions out in public but being his real self at home. You also get a case of Stockholm syndrome because you almost cheer the killer on and hope he doesn’t get caught. I think the best part of this story is it makes you start questioning the people around you. How well do you really know your neighbors, co-workers, or the barista? Just thinking about that gives me that creeps. Now I don’t want to leave my house. This is a good thriller. I would recommend adding it to you TBR list. I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. It was very different from all the other ones I have read. I recommend it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I liked the concept, but it was a little jumpy in parts...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I can't wait to read more from this author...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Excellent story, great characters and wonderful dark humor
LadySilhouette More than 1 year ago
This book is just plain awful! Don't even waste the money and if you find it somewhere for free, don't waste your time. Boring, could not wait for it to finally end, I will NEVER read anything by this author. I kept hoping the book would pick up or the ending would tie it all together-NOT. Complete waste, you've been warned....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Decent read