Room by Emma Donoghue was an amazing book, narrating the fictional story of an abductor and his abductee from the point of view of their child (who was born into captivity inside a locked box). I wasn’t sure about Normal by Graeme Cameron as the blurb on the back sounded like it might be the same story (minus the child) just told in reverse, from the man’s point of view. It’s actually very different. Room was dark and harrowing; Normal is wonderfully glib, very funny and actually had me rooting for the serial killer. That’s no small feat.
Cameron does a wonderful job keeping up the suspense (this man is chasing lots of women down at the same time and has one locked in his basement throughout the story), making me nervous for the women and their fate but I also wanted him to survive, particularly when the police start getting involved. It was laugh-out-loud funny in places and I particularly loved the detail discussed about being a serial killer and the practicalities involved in holding someone hostage (the parts with him searching for women’s clothing and vegetarian food are great). It you like dark books – I seem to getting through a lot of these lately – then you’ll love this. I raced through it. A real unexpected find!
**I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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