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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Canny Danny by Gerhard Dennis is a thriller that is intelligently and skillfully crafted for fans of horror. It follows a serial killer who uses an unsuccessful writer to document his gory crimes. Gerald Grimes is a struggling writer who gets ensnared by a fugitive serial killer, “Canny Danny” Jackson. When Jackson abducts Gerald, he has a well-calculated plan. He intends to use Gerald to record his life’s work. He believes in his grandeur. Gerald works feverishly on creating a book he hopes will be a bestseller, each step taking him deeper and deeper into the perverted mind of the killer and the ineluctable darkness he is pulled into. But what awaits the end of this dark road that started with, “Well, I'm pleased to meet you, Gerald Grimes, damn pleased! It's a dang honor!”? The twists are manifold and the ending something far from what any reader might hope for.
Canny Danny by Gerhard Dennis is horrifying and bloody. The kind of narrative that makes you want to keep the lights on at night. Gerhard Dennis pulls the reader into the world of a killer and forces them to explore the perversity of the human mind. Canny Danny is the kind of serial killer who believes he is superior to others and, in a unique kind of way, he is out to make himself known, not by doing some great deeds for his fellow humans, but by immortalizing the acts of his perversity and the horrors his twisted mind makes him do. His relationship with Gerald Grimes is well-written and the reader understands Gerald’s motivation. The writing is filled with descriptions that are detailed, even when it comes to scenes that are disturbing. The author infuses the writing with grim humor, especially when following the stream of consciousness of the serial killer. It feels real and frightening. Canny Danny makes for classic horror; fast-paced and filled with chilling moments.