The Silence Of The Lambs

Book Review: The Silence Of The Lambs

Authored By:  Thomas Harris

This is a book that you will remember for a long time in your life, or may be for your entire life. Let me tell you that it would not be for the author’s writing style, or characters or the story line up but for the reason that this title stands for in the story. Whenever your contemplative mind will look back to this book, it would help you fight fears of your life.

The story starts with our mind boggling and a shrewd character Jack Crawford, an FBI detective gripped in solving the serial murder case from the criminal Buffalo Bill. Clarice Starling, a dedicated and a sincere trainee joins Jack Crawford, and there starts this intuitive, inquisitive and interesting search for this brutish killer. Crawford assigned her to dig out the information from Dr Hannibal Lecter, a psychiatrist and a heartless killer locked up in jail, to reach to the criminal Buffalo Bill.

This is the second one from the series of Thomas Harris books, for the character Dr Hannibal Lecter. The way in which the case was approached and solved made it unique from the contemporary thrillers. However, author’s writing style made it a bit slow in the middle, but the interactions of Dr Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling were the ones that gripped me till the end. Dr Lecter, while aiding her to solve the case also aided her to fight with her own childhood fears that had gripped her mind. Author has actually used his main character Dr Lecter very beautifully, that you can very easily relate to his logical and perceptive conclusions on anything and everything. This book is more about logically solving the case unlike the Dog-Cat-Chase game.

On the whole, it is a very good and a unique book. Even the movie made on this book in 1991 with the same name, directed by Jonathan Demme won Oscar awards in five categories. So grab it and gulp it…….AAAAAh one thing, if you will read first of the Lecter’s series, “The Red Dragon” before this one, you will enjoy it more.

I am on my way to read the third one of this series “Hannibal”.

Chetan Maheshwari

Hello, I am a Project Management Professional, and an author and a blogger by passion. I like good sarcasm and humor. Books, people around me, and nature inspire me, and my blogs and book reflect the same.


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  1. Was just blog hopping when I found this site.
    I read Red Dragon after I read Silence of the Lambs so I didn't like it as much. I did watch half the movie before I read Silence of the Lambs; but it didn't really affect my experience. The book is so captivating and wonderfully scary, I can't see how anyone wouldn't like it! Great review :)

  2. This is for me, for sure, looks like something I will finish in one go. Thanks for writing the review Chetan:)

  3. @priya-Tabula Rasa

    that's true...
    keep coming and keep smiling..

  4. @saru

    yeah..may be for one go i am not sure..depends...
    thanks a lot:)

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