Normal

Normal

Book - 2015
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A seemingly mild-mannered, neighborly man who kidnaps young women and holds them in a cage in his basement meets a grocery store checkout girl who becomes his ultimate target before he intends to cease his violent activities.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : MIRA Books, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780778317777
0778317773
Branch Call Number: FIC
Characteristics: 278 pages ; 21 cm

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Not your normal story about a normal psychopath. This is the story of a serial killer that falls in love, normal love, with a woman while grocery shopping for the girl he has trapped in a cage under his garage.


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gauchetal
May 25, 2018

Took this from the Staff's Pick shelf but found it a completely non-engaging read. If it's really black humour then I didn't get it. The protagonist killer referred to as "I" the entire book doesn't explain his motivation for killing and kidnapping. Nor is there any real background as to why he is committing these egregious acts of violence or is it supposed to be about understanding the mind of a psychopath?

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emerge
May 01, 2015

I think this will be a fairly polarizing book. You'll either be fascinated by it or rue the time you'll never get back.
I fall into the former category & I don't want to know what that says about me as this is the story of a psychopathic serial killer.
There's enough in the publisher's blurb on other sites to give you the outline. What was impressive to me was the prose, how well written this is particularly for a first novel. And how easily we're manipulated by the killer (we never do learn his name) as he narrates his story in a chatty, conversational voice. His actions are horrific but as he begins to interact with other people in "normal" ways, we catch a glimpse of who he might have been...an intelligent, likeable man with a charming self deprecating sense of humour. I liked this guy (except for, you know, his hobbies). Quite a feat.
It's not for the faint hearted. But neither is it riddled with gratuitous descriptions of gory scenes & has no sexual content. The author allows us to use our imagination to fill in some blanks, knowing that can be way scarier than anything he could put on the page.
It's a short, fast paced read that you'll want to finish if only to see how it all shakes out.

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ltshawn
Apr 28, 2015

Terrible. Kept reading thinking there was going to be a point, but alas there wasn't.

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