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He shops at your local supermarket. He drives beside you, waving to let you into the lane ahead of him. He also has an elaborate cage in a secret basement under his garage. The food 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. But this time it's different...
Published: Don Mills, Ontario :, Mira Books,, [2015]
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780778318507
0778318508
Branch Call Number: F CAM
Characteristics: 294 pages ;,22 cm.

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Sgordano Apr 23, 2019

This is my first adult novel in a bit, and it wasn't entirely disappointing nor entirely fulfilling. As a horribly introverted person, I could identify with the narrator (though we introverts are constantly trying to distance ourselves from the regular association with sociopaths). Cameron paints a picture of someone horribly stuck within himself to the point that even he finds it ridiculous. It's accurate.

Nonetheless, when it comes to the actual point of the novel... eh. I'm disappointed with how easily this particular serial killer is thrown off his game by a chick with some confidence. Yeah, he's somewhat endearing, and isn't it nice to think that all the killer needed was to find one woman who he clicked with to turn him around. However, psychology has kind of proven that this isn't the case, and when he finds her he just becomes a hot mess for lack of a better description. It's like she manages to turn him back into being an amateur. Oh that chick I already have locked in the cage in my basement? Yeah, I can't kill her, I'll buy her some stuff, that should work. -_- The actual plot just left me kind of scratching my head.

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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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