These two dark novels are real treats for fans of literary fiction. Grab a bowl of candy corn and enjoy!
The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue is the story of a changeling who steals a young life but spends it with a heavy heart. Runaway Henry Day seems to relish his new life in the woods while the impostor Henry Day grows ever-protective of his new human family. It’s not the typical monster story but a very human one about family secrets, deceptions and regrets.
Normal. While The Stolen Child shows a monster with a human heart, Normal reveals the monstrous heart inside of an otherwise normal appearance.
I really enjoyed this comically dark tale despite the fact that the narrator couldn’t be less sympathetic. He’s a ruthless and conniving psychopath whose life takes an unprecedented turn when he develops a strange fascination with a young cashier, kidnaps an atypical victim, (She’s so critical of the accommodations that he ends up preparing gourmet meals to slip into her cage.) and finds himself in a position to rescue (rather than maim) a damsel in distress.
What happens when a serial killer faces an identity crisis? Check out Normal by Graeme Cameron to find out.