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Duncan's Diary: Birth of a Serial Killer Hardcover – November 7, 2009
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--The Midwest Book Review
"DUNCAN'S DIARY is a well written, decent first novel that has a bit of a "shock" ending. Serial killer completists might want to check this out." Nick Cato --The Horror Fiction Review
"Just as Alex, the Glenn Close character in Fatal Attraction, managed to put the fear of cheating in men, Duncan's Diary gives me pause about dating. The novel is an impressive work on a number of levels." Carol Hoenig --The Huffington Post --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
From the Back Cover
My life was soon to begin. I felt alive and nauseous at the same time as I violently threw up in the silver toilet expunging my just eaten meal. The felling of sickness swirling with the vibrant awareness was an odd mixture and difficult for me to balance. I slowly made my way back to my seat, as people stared at me from their wavering positions. Leaning back in my chair, I relaxed again, allowing my breathing to return, and noticing that the couple next to me kept their distance. --This text refers to an alternate Hardcover edition.
Top Customer Reviews
The writing was enjoyable. Lots of dark humor was weaved throughout the story. Duncan has a way of taking you away from the moment with his strange thought patterns. Here is just one example of a quote from Duncan while he was restraining his first victim with duct tape:
"Isn't it odd how useful duct tape is? If you are ever in doubt of what kind of tape to use, duct tape always works. I wonder who invented duct tape, and if they still receive some kind of royalty every time it is sold?"
The writing may not have been done with perfect style and grace but the story came shining through. It was a different kind of serial killer book for me. I was surprised by the ending, never suspecting where it went. It did have what I call an open ending and I am hoping that the author brings Duncan back in another book.
If you can get past all of that...the story behind Duncan's demise into becoming a serial killer is fairly interesting, but I've read MUCH better books of this genre.
Christopher's style of writing ensures a smooth flow to the story and constant have-to-turn-the-page reading because you just HAVE to know what is happening.
It is told in the first person - which can be difficult to do. He has made it look so easy - where other authors have tried and ended up losing the thread and flow of the story they are telling. You could almost believe that he is writing about himself as it flows so seamlessly.
Duncan Moron is a very believable character....which is more than scary in it's own way... but that is also one of the main factors of this book that makes it such a good read. We see him going through the planning stages - the thoughts going through his mind at every step and you can connect with him! Even though he is psychotic - you care about what is happening to him...and the more psychotic his thoughts - the quicker you turn the pages because the writing is done in such a way that you actually feel your adrenalin pacing with the story....slow down to catch a breath and then back to pacing with the story again.
There are some very graphic scenes in this book which are necessary for the flow and continuation of the story. They are done in such a way that although very gruesome - and easy to visualise - your heart is pumping in such a way because the adrenalin is back and rising and you are left with a `wow - that was some scary stuff' and `oh hell yeah' feeling!
It is very easy to see this book as a movie!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book not only is boring, it's poorly written. The main character is every bad cop show wrapped into one. I wouldn't' t bother with this book if it was free, which it isn't. Read morePublished on January 27, 2013 by Amazon Customer
I wasntvery impressed for the first 4 or 5 chapters. But the ending was so much better. In all a prety good book, just a litle slow getting startedPublished on June 28, 2012 by Amazon Customer
...and I'm not sure I can. The awkward writing is so distracting I am having a hard time getting into the story (currently 30% complete). Read morePublished on February 24, 2012 by wthanh
The sample pages for this book were really good.
The book as a whole was.. well.. too many words and not enough story. Read more
The story was good. Sometimes a little TOO insightful. I don't know if I want to be privy to Duncan's warped thought process anymore. Read morePublished on January 16, 2011 by Jenfaye
I purchased this book because I like looking into the minds of serial killers and seeing how they operate. Read morePublished on January 9, 2011 by Christine Foley
What a great book - Duncan as a serial killer - now who would have thought. He's your next door neightbor, your drinking buddy, your best friend, brother-in-law - Oh my. Read morePublished on December 6, 2010 by POODLEMAMA