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Dead Girls – Graeme Cameron (Normal 2)

About the Book:  I may not remember everything, but I know he won’t hurt anyone else.

I won’t let him.

It’s been two months since a serial killer brutally attacked police detective Alisha Green and left her for dead. Two months since she could effortlessly recall simple things, since her mind felt remotely sound. The nameless killer thinks he knows her, thinks she’s just another dead girl among many. Ali Green plans to show him he’s dead wrong about that.

Ali has two enemies now: the dangerous man she’s hunting and her own failing memory. As explosive new evidence comes to light and conflicting accounts from a witness and a surviving victim threaten both her investigation and her credibility, she begins to question what is and isn’t real. And now Ali has no choice but to remember the past…before it buries her.

A hypnotically gripping thriller that proves internationally bestselling author Graeme Cameron is one of the most unique voices in contemporary fiction today.

About the Author: Graeme Cameron is the bestselling author of Normal and its sequel, Dead Girls. He was born, raised and remains in Norfolk, where he juggles writing with a career in the motorsport industry. He is assisted in procrastinating by four children and such high-octane pursuits as photography, boardgaming, toy restoration, crochet, and bingeing on Netflix

My Review:  Normal was one of my Top Ten reads in 2015 and I have been patiently waiting for the follow up since I was left gasping on the cliff hanger ending in February 2015.  So now, 3 years later Dead Girls has been released and whilst I was ecstatic at receiving an early copy, I must admit it’s been so long since I read the first that I had forgotten most of the story line and characters.

However, almost instantly I am reminded why I love this authors writing so much.  It’s so funny, politically incorrect and I couldn’t help laughing out loud at several parts in the book which I am sure other readers might find offensive or childish… but I don’t care.  Normal and Dead Girls are NOT your average crime thrillers – they are dark, sick, twisted and absolutely hysterical.   I don’t think you can read Dead Girls without reading Normal first, but that’s just my opinion.

It was a little confusing with all the new characters and this time the story is told through Ali (Alisha) Green, a police detective brutally attacked and left for dead in book 1.  Her sense of humour, life observations, sarcasm and general wit was thoroughly entertaining.  To sum it up – if you loved Normal – then you should enjoy Dead Girls.

“She squeezed my shoulder, and I felt a surge of anxiety that held me rigid until she’d quietly let herself out. I sat and listened to the thunk of her car door, the starter motor, the first blip of the throttle, the low hum as she drove away. Then I closed the lid of the laptop, took a bite of croissant and a mouthful of coffee, let out the fart I’d been holding in since Edith had come downstairs, and had a little bit of a cry.”

Graeme Cameron. Dead Girls (Kindle Locations 1066-1069). Kindle Edition.

Mentioned in the acknowledgements

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