Book Review: The Silence of the Lambs

January 4, 2011 Whitney Review 7 Comments

Book Review: The Silence of the LambsThe Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris
Published by St. Martin's Griffin on October 15, 1988
Genres: Thriller
Source: Borrowed

As part of the search for a serial murderer nicknames "Buffalo Bill," FBI trainee Clarice Starling is given an assignment. She must visit a man confined to a high-security facility for the criminally insane and interview him.

That man, Dr. Hannibal Lecter, is a former psychiatrist with unusual tastes and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. His intimate understanding of the killer and of Clarice herself form the core of Thomas Harris' The Silence of the Lambs--an unforgettable classic of suspense fiction.

What was I thinking?  I read The Silence of the Lambs in a wooded, secluded area.  It was like taking a shower after watching Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.  Creepy.

Clarice Starling, FBI agent in training is sent to the Baltimore mental institution to interview Hannibal Lecter, a former psychiatrist who was locked up for have acquired a taste for human flesh.  At present, another case is pending involving young women whose bodies are found among riverbanks with their skins slash away. The serial killer has been dubbed “Buffalo Bill” due to an off-color joke by a Kansas City detective.  In time, Dr. Lector helps Clarice with this killer but only giving his assistance as a cat plays with its food.  The manhunt for Buffalo Bill increases after the Governor of Tennessee’s daughter, Catherine Martin is abducted presumably by the killer at large.  It now becomes a race against the clock to save  Cathrine before she becomes his next victim.Even though The Silence of the Lambs has a disturbing subject and was based on mass murderer Ted Bundy  as long as I could tell myself that Hannibal Lector was a work of fiction I was able to sleep at night.  Even so, this cat and mouse suspense novel kept me riveted with hours passing by without my eyes escaping from the page.  Irresistible.

7 responses to “Book Review: The Silence of the Lambs

  1. I completely agree–it was such a riveting thriller! The movie is even better with Anthony Hopkins bumping Lecter's characterization up several notches. His role seems more important in the movie than the book for some reason.

  2. I concur about Anthony Hopkins, I couldn't picture anyone else playing the role. I also thought that he left a bigger impact than the character does in the book.

  3. Short Story Slore– There are bazillions of movies that I didn't realize were books first until the credits began to role.

    Felicia– Have a great time watching it this weekend. I've never seen the movie in full, I just catch snippets on t.v.

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