Camera Killer by Thomas Glavinic translated by John Brownjohn

Book Description:

Published: 2003

On Good Friday, a brutal double murder takes place in the woods, and the killer records the sickening crime on videotape. With the local media building up excitement — and outrage — at the scheduled airing of the footage, two couples in the midst of celebrating the Easter holiday find their idyll interrupted by the breaking news.

Against the backdrop of twenty-four-hour news coverage, the four friends spend the weekend playing cards, chatting, eating, and drinking. Despite their best efforts to enjoy this rare time together, they’re unable to stop talking about the murders and the search for the elusive killer. Repulsed by the airing of the crime, they question the ethics of showing such atrocities on television — yet they can’t stop watching.

A gripping psychological thriller, The Camera Killer will keep listeners tuned to the very end as the mystery unravels.

Review –

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I HATED this book and I’m only mentioning it so you don’t accidentally find it in your possession and decide to read it. (The blurb made it sound so good-just goes to show you can’t trust all blurbs)

Two young boys were forced to kill themselves by jumping from forty foot trees while a man videotaped the whole thing and the story is the reactions of four friends.

The unnamed narrator and his “partner”Sonja, (always mentioned as partner instead of girlfriend) go to visit Eva and Heinrich Stubenrauch over the Easter week-end and it details their actions which involves watching television to find out the latest on the murders, having a picnic and going to the bathroom. I can’t tell you how many times this was mentioned and it became a bit ridiculous. 

The murderer is found at the very end and BAM -THE END. Too abrupt!!!!!

Anyway, I HATED it. Stay away from the CAMERA KILLER.

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