Genre: Horror, Fiction, Thriller, Mystery
There’s a killer on the loose who knows that beauty is only skin deep, and a trainee investigator who’s trying to save her own hide. The only man that can help is locked in an asylum. But he’s willing to put a brave face on – if it will help him escape.
After reading the first in the series (Red Dragon – see my review here) and absolutely loving it I felt like I had to carry on (that and it’s part of my reading challenge this year). I have seen the film many times but never actually read the book, after the success of the first in the series and how good the film is I had high hopes for this book going into it.
For those of you who have not seen the film firstly I recommend that you definitely go see it, also after that you read this book. It follows on from the first book (Red Dragon) however the main character has changed, it is now Clarice Starling who has now been tasked with solving the case of Buffalo Bill using the help of Hannibal Lecter. Lecter who is a known cannibal and thus is locked away in a psychiatric hospital and likes to play games with people to prove that he is the smartest one in the room. However Clarice needs him for his insight on Buffalo Bill, a serial killer who will strike again and stop at nothing to get what he wants. Can Clarice use Lecter to her advantage or will she get played along with everyone else?
Once again Thomas Harris does not disappoint, although the film and the book are very similar there are some parts that are explained better in the book. I found that things that bugged me about the film (for instance how Buffalo Bill got the women in and out of the hole) were explained in the book and although the two are very similar I felt like I was seeing the film for the first time because of this new knowledge from the books. We also get to see more details about the life of Buffalo Bill and why he is doing what he is doing. Once again Lecter is as terrifying as ever but that is what makes this such a good book. Harris does not rely on supernatural things to make this book scary, it is purely just how strange human kind can be, this thought is truly terrifying because it is something that anyone can do, it can happen to anyone and Harris shows just how easy it is to be caught up in something like this and that anyone regardless of who you are can be a target.
I really enjoyed this book and shall definitely be carrying on in the series, if you are a fan of good old horror that doesn’t rely on cheap thrills then you will definitely enjoy this book. This is definitely a book that will keep you engrossed till the very end, it is so tense yet brilliant!
Summing up: Yet another tense thriller by Thomas Harris