Read from May 22nd to May 29th, 2018.
I’m a little sad I read The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris out of order (it’s the sequel to Red Dragon, which I haven’t read yet), but I really needed a book to take with me to Colombia and it was just sitting there, mocking me.
So to start, I’d like to admit that I’m a big fan of the Hannibal movies, so this book was highly anticipated by me. My expectations were high, and they definitely were met. I was looking for good writing, shocking imagery, deeper thinking, and high levels of thrill.
All the characters were dynamically rich – full of detail and mannerisms – both the good guys and the murderous psychopaths alike. I loved following the inner thoughts of Clarice Starling through her detective work and lessons at the academy. I learned some on how the police force works, how it differs from location to location, and a little on psychology, but it didn’t feel like I was “in class” if that makes sense.
On top of all the thrilling imagery, there were so many plots to explore: the Buffalo Bill murder, Hannibal’s murders, Clarice’s standing at the academy, Clarice’s standing on her current case, the captive’s survival, etc.. The story is so rich in detail, I though I was a detective myself. And at moments, I might have gotten chills. It was great.
If you love true crimes and solving mysteries, you’ll love this story. It’s fun, exciting, sexy, emotional, and has well-rounded, complete plots. I’m giving The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris a 5/5 stars. My rating system is listed below:
- My rating system stands: 5/5 is a knock out of the park; this book deserves to be read by everyone. 4/5 is, “I really liked it,” but it did have a couple of kinks. 3/5 is, “I believe there are a lot of people who would enjoy this book, but for one reason or another, it didn’t sit well with me.” 2/5 is, “I really didn’t enjoy it and I’m not going to recommend it.” 1/5 is, “no one read this – throw it in a lake.”
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