Author: Graeme Cameron
Series: Stand Alone
Published By: Mira (March 31, 2015)
Source: ARC Copy Provided by the Publisher (in exchange for an honest review)
My Rating: 4.5 Stars!
"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.
This book surprised me with how much I liked it. Not because I was expecting the writing to be bad, or even because I didn't think the storyline would be interesting, but rather because, this story is told through the mind of a sociopath. The voice, is one of a killer and as weird and messed up as it sounds, it was a fascinating read and hard to put down.
This jumped right into the gore, right into the heart of the storyline.
There is nothing quite like the dark twisted mind of someone deeply disturbed. To see the inner workings of a mad man. To constantly be torn between horrified and unable to look away. Like a train wreck where you can't help but look, wondering who possibly could have survived it and wondering how many died.
Not your typical read and definitely not for the faint of heart.
Is the author a master, or someone just as mad as the narrator? Honestly, I still am not sure.
What makes this read the most frightening of all if how normal the person on the outside seems when on the inside he is in every sense of the word, a monster.
Like the monsters that have come before him, those in fiction and real life, he wears the face of someone seemingly innocent. Seemingly sane, average, and harmless.
Gah this book! It was crazy and messed up and completely enthralling. I am so glad I took a chance on it and read it because it truly was a unique, bizarre, sick, and yet fun ride.
*All thoughts and opinions are my own and were not influenced by the author or publisher. I was not compensated for this review.*