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Normal by Graeme Cameron
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it was ok
bookshelves: 2015-new-releases, netgalley-arc, mystery, graeme-cameron, books-read-in-2015, bad

A special thank you to Harlequin Mira and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

NORMAL by Graeme Cameron is told in the first person, an unnamed killer, whose favorite pastime is trolling the neighborhood and abducting women and killing them.

From the mysterious front cover, the summary, and the first 3% of the book, I was ready to settle in for a chilling psychological thriller. The positives stop here.

From this point on, it declines quickly, and if I had not requested it through NetGalley, I would have thrown this one aside before the 10% mark. I literally put it down numerous times, and was not going to invest the time to finish, as I have too many other great books, sitting on my shelf.

However, I continued to read, thinking it would get better and unfortunately it never happened. For me it was not even twisted humor. It did not hold my interest and overall, a non-engaging read. The only character with any sort of intelligent dialogue was Annie.

First, who wants to read a book which refers to “I” the entire book, with no background? I think the author may have been going for dark humor, which again was unable to pull off, in my opinion.

By reading the author’s notes at the end, he is inviting readers to "fill in the blanks with a monster who may be normal, individual to you. Every man-because that‘s who this killer is". If you are going to do this, make him interesting enough to keep reading.

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Reading Progress

January 5, 2015 – Shelved
January 5, 2015 – Shelved as: to-read
January 8, 2015 – Shelved as: 2015-new-releases
January 8, 2015 – Shelved as: netgalley-arc
January 8, 2015 – Shelved as: mystery
January 22, 2015 – Started Reading
January 22, 2015 – Shelved as: graeme-cameron
January 22, 2015 –
page 25
8.33%
January 23, 2015 –
page 75
25.0%
January 24, 2015 – Shelved as: books-read-in-2015
January 24, 2015 – Shelved as: bad
January 24, 2015 – Finished Reading

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Book Addict Shaun Great review for a bad book. Failed to accept that our sociopath main character would suddenly turn 'Normal' as quickly as he does. The whole thing felt far too rushed and the ending RE: Erica was ridiculous and that final page completely made a mockery of our serial killers character development anyway!


Judy D Collins Thanks, well said-good to know I was not completely off the mark and we are in agreement!


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