He lives on your street, in a nice house with a tidy garden.
He shops at your local supermarket. He drives beside you, waving to let you into the lane ahead of him.
He also has an elaborate cage in a secret basement under his garage.
The food 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.
But this time it’s different…
Wow. This novel starts with a description of a murder, the victim, her life, what she likes and her death. Graeme Cameron knows how to shock.
Normal describes the protagonist in Graeme Cameron’s tale, remaining nameless he could be anyone. He shops in supermarkets, goes to the pub, all things ‘Normal’ people do, however, he has cage in his basement in which he keeps girls hostage and he kills in a way that seems so effortless and smooth. Even the description of Erica and Kerry in the cage, frightened and scared seems ‘Normal’
I am always alarmed about writers who write in the way Graeme Cameron does, It makes me feel as if they have a side to them that is secret and have an affinity to the subject they are writing about, which is what makes Normal so brilliant. It scared me and also so captivated me I just could not put the book down. It is thrilling and gripping and takes you on a ride that twist and turns.
I found that I quite liked the characters of ‘Normal’ even though they were all a bit psychotic, they each had their own story and this made the novel a joy to read.
All in all ‘Normal’ is anything but.
I defy anyone not to love this book even though the subject matter is thoroughly disturbing.