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Normal

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Normal by Graeme Cameron

4 stars

(Exceprt from Goodreads) “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 story is told from the point of view of the killer. We follow him as he kidnaps and locks women up in a cage below his garage. Then he plays with them, disposes of them, and goes on to the next girl. But then Erica, the grocery checker catches his eye. He becomes obsessed with her. He decides that he is done kidnapping and killing. He is going to put it all away just to be with her. But the cops are sniffing around him and he still has a girl in his cage.

I have to say that I really liked this book. It’s done from the killer’s point of view; you don’t even learn his name. I like when books take that direction but they run the risk of being unrealistic. Normal does a great job with him having a normal appearance and reactions out in public but being his real self at home. You also get a case of Stockholm syndrome because you almost cheer the killer on and hope he doesn’t get caught.

I think the best part of this story is it makes you start questioning the people around you. How well do you really know your neighbors, co-workers, or the barista? Just thinking about that gives me that creeps. Now I don’t want to leave my house.

This is a good thriller. I would recommend adding it to you TBR list.

To purchase Normal or for more information be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Graeme Cameron’s website.

I received this from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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Hold Me

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Hold Me (Fool’s Gold – 16) by Susan Mallery

4 stars

(Excerpt from Goodreads) Destiny Mills believes passion has its place—like in the lyrics of the country songs that made her parents famous. After a childhood full of drama and heartache, she wants a life that’s calm. Safe. Everything that Kipling Gilmore isn’t. Her temporary assignment with the Fool’s Gold search and rescue team puts her in delicious proximity to the former world-class skier every day. Part of her aches to let go for once…the rest is terrified what’ll happen if she does.

Though an accident ended his career, Kipling still lives for thrills—and a hot fling with a gorgeous redhead like Destiny would be a welcome diversion. Yet beneath his new coworker’s cool facade is a woman who needs more than he’s ever given. With her, he’s ready to take the risk. But love, like skiing, is all about trust—and before you soar, you have to be willing to fall.

Destiny was the child of two county music stars. But because of the fame and pressure their relationships didn’t work. Because of that, Destiny has a hard time with her own relationships. She is going to spend a couple months in Fool’s Gold to get the software program set up for the HERO program.

Kipling was a world class skier but an accident almost ended his life. Now he is living in Fool’s Gold to work on the Hero project. Kipling finds himself drawn to Destiny. But with his past he knows he shouldn’t get involved. Destiny finds herself wanting Kipling but she has a whole mess on her plate with her relationship issues and a 15 year old sister that she knew nothing about and now has to raise.

This is a cute little romance. I felt for both characters, they have the damaged background that keeps them from people. Of course together they can work through that but they seem to be doing everything to jinx that. I really liked watching them grown. Destiny goes from being the neglected daughter to taking care of one. And Kipling is trying to find his place while missing the life he used to have skiing.

This is a cute little romance. I admit that I have not read the Fool’s Gold series so I don’t know how it compares to the other books. But if you are looking for a good, contemporary romance, look no further.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

To purchase Hold Me or for more information on this series be sure to check out Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Goodreads, and Susan Mallery’s website.

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