» The Silence of the Lambs — Thomas Harris.

Thursday, May 3, 2012
2:27 PM

I have to think hard to come up with words that can accurately describe The Silence of the Lambs. Nothing comes to mind, really. This book is simply amazing.

Clarice Starling starts out simple. She is in college, she is going to be an FBI agent soon enough. A task is given to her to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter to fill up his file since he refuses to talk to anyone who has been talking to him recently. Dr. Hannibal is a psychopath, nicknamed Hannibal the Cannibal. He has been a known doctor for a while, until his insanity was discovered as well as his appetite for human flesh and organs.

Things start to get complicated as Clarice becomes involved in another criminal case. They call him Buffalo Bill, a peculiar criminal that has been committing murders for a while without ever getting caught. As we soon find out, he kidnaps large women, starves them, and carves their skin off. Quite the romantic, really.

Dr. Lecter has information on him, and it is Clarice's job to figure out what the hell he actually knows, while getting around his jokes and riddles.

I enjoyed the fact that the book did not fail to describe all the processes of investigating and such that some books leave out because the authors do not know how to approach this. Thomas Harris never had such a dilemma, and we are told everything. 

The novel also becomes descriptive in a very simplistic way. Small details that would not seem that important help flesh out characters, and their appearances and personalities are easily imagined. 

The novel never got boring, ever. I read page after page, and even in the middle when everything seemed to settle down in one part, it immediately exploded and became exciting and surprising. The book was completely unpredictable, and an amazing read. 

rating: ★★★★★ 


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