Written by: David Blackthorn
I’ve always been a fan of books and movies containing cannibals, even the low budget sort. They can be as interesting, as silly or as cheesy as any zombie related material, which I also enjoy. I began reading Cannibal Man, wondering which category it would fall into. As it turns out, the novel is a well-researched and very believable story.
One of the first things I heard concerning this book was that the publisher/editor asked the author to tone down the violence in a couple of scenes in the book. A horror publisher wanting a writer to tone down the violence? At that point, I knew I really had to read this book.
Dorothy Knight’s tale revolves around very human characters, down to earth and well introduced. The background of the serial killer, called the face lifter, is quite in depth and at times quite disturbing. The books gory scenes are not just written for the sake of gore, they do support the story line, sometimes painting a picture that can make the reader cringe and feel the words, not just read them.
Inspector Sauer and Captain Hobbs are very realistic characters, down to earth as opposed to perfect heroes. This made it easy to relate to them throughout the book. Many other characters introduced along the way are as colorful as the main characters, keeping things interesting along the entire journey from front cover to back cover.so, how about the other aspects we look for in a thriller/horror novel, beyond the characters? How about suspense, action and tension? Yes, Cannibal man has these, as well. Knight also throws in real social issues occurring in South Africa. It also displays aspects of multiple genres: thriller, horror, crime story and even a touch of romance. Basically, it offers a little something for everyone. Therefore, I felt it deserves a 5 out of 5.
Overall, I really enjoyed this one. The intensity of the opening scene grabbed me and I knew right away I was going to be hooked. I’m looking forward to reading Dorothy Knight’s second book, which I feel might be even more intense. If you’re looking for well written fiction that delivers insight into another culture, as well as an entertaining story, check out Cannibal Man.