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"Hypnotic and chilling. " --Lee Child, #1 New York Times bestselling author

The international bestseller everyone is talking about…

He lives on your street, in a nice house with a tidy garden.

He shops at your local supermarket. He drives beside you on the highway, 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…
Publisher: Don Mills, Ontario : Mira, 2015.
ISBN: 9780778318507
Characteristics: 294 pages ; 22 cm

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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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