Publisher: Mira on March 31, 2015
Genres: Dark, Mystery, Thriller
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"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.
At A Glance
Who doesn’t love being in the mind of a serial killer???
Let’s be honest. This book got 3 stars from me right away just because it was about a serial killer. Then another star for being awesome. I love being in the POV of a killer. It’s creepy, scary, and fascinating. Normal people just don’t think that way so it’s interesting to see how a killer thinks and works.
Don’t go into this book expecting our guy to be a nice guy. He kills, often gruesomely. At first, he has no conscious. He enjoys what he does. It was perfect how we never knew much about him. He’s nameless and faceless. We just get a general idea. He’s average looking, I think, and he is meticulous. He has killed for some time and is very good at it…until he isn’t. Stupid mistakes lead the cops to his doorstep but he always seems to get away with everything. It’s awesome.
Erica is the star of this story though. She’s one of the girls he locks up in his basement. But she is a defiant little shit! She fights him tooth and nail the whole time. I can’t believe how much her character arc progressed. Near the end, I was shocked with her actions but I understood how she was driven to go a little insane, well, maybe a lot insane.
I am so happy I got to read Normal. It kept my attention the whole way through and I never knew how it was all going to end. I was very surprised.
I just don’t buy it. A serial killer turning good guy? Cameron gave it a good effort, but it just didn’t work for me. I wanted it too, but…no.
The ending left me feeling meh. I am okay with non-HEA’s but I don’t like a story ending in the middle of the story. Definitely a cliffhanger I didn’t enjoy.
So, yeah, there is romance, but it’s odd. Well, duh! We have a serial killer falling in love with a normal girl. What did I expect? It was sweet but still weird. I can’t really explain it more than that though.
Not everyone is going to love Normal. It’s a particular taste. But for those who love odd, creepy reads, you are going to fall in love…with a serial killer!!! Very recommended.
No quotes from an ARC, sorry.