This is one of those book-to-movie stories that I’d been wanting to read for some time. I’m so glad I finally had the chance to sit down with this great piece of work. Thomas Harris masterfully creates characters that are incredibly developed and perfectly matched in this psychological thriller. There is tension built into almost every page beckoning you to keep turning to find out what will happen next.
- The FBI recruit.
- The head of the FBI’s Behavioral Sciences division.
- The carefully guarded murderer psychologist.
- A serial killer case with a timeline.
Does it get much better?
While the movie was cast well, nothing beats the book for diving into the emotions, desires, intentions, and background of the characters. Harris does not disappoint. It’s as if he assumes the personality of the character and communicates not just their words but their very thoughts and motives. You can almost feel Hannibal Lecter’s presence, the command of Jack Crawford, and the highs and lows of Clarice Starling.
From start to finish, Harris tightens his hold on the reader until he releases you with a satisfying ending. Brilliant writing. Incredible story.