A Novel

Book - 2015
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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.
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario :, Mira Books,, [2015]
Description: 294 pages ; 22 cm
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780778318507
Branch Call Number: Came


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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?

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 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.

Apr 28, 2015

Terrible. Kept reading thinking there was going to be a point, but alas there wasn't.

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