Friday Favorite – The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris

Looking for something to read over the weekend ?

Nothing on your book radar that is screaming ‘read me’?

Take a look at my Friday Favorite. It may be new. It may be old. It may be written by a famous author, or by someone you have never heard of. But wherever in the spectrum it falls, it will be a book that is special to me, one that has captured both my imagination and my heart.

I have lost count of the number of times I have read The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris. It is definitely in my top ten books forever list.

The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas   Harris
The Silence of the Lambs (Hannibal Lecter, #2) 

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EXCERPT: ‘Be very careful with Hannibal Lecter. Dr Chilton, the head of the mental hospital, will go over the physical procedure you use to deal with him. Don’t deviate from it. Do not deviate from it one iota for any reason. If Lecter talks to you at all, he’ll just be trying to find out about you. It’s the kind of curiosity that makes a snake look in a bird’s nest. We both know you have to back-and-forth a little in interviews, but you tell him no specifics about yourself. You don’t want any of your personal facts in his head. You know what he did to Will Graham.’

‘I read about it when it happened.’

‘He gutted Will with a linoleum knife when Will caught up with him. It’s a wonder Will didn’t die. Remember the Red Dragon? Lecter turned Francis Dolarhyde onto Will and his family. Will’s face looks like a damned Picasso drew him, thanks to Lecter. He tore a nurse up in the Asylum. Do your job, just don’t ever forget what he is.’

‘And what’s that? Do you know?’

ABOUT THIS BOOK: 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.

MY THOUGHTS: This was a re-read for me. I have lost count of how many times I have read and enjoyed this book. Every so often I take it off the shelf, put it on my bedside table and dip into it, savouring each bite.

The movie is good, damned good, but the book is better.

If you haven’t read this yet, I recommend you start with Red Dragon. If you have, pick it up for a re-read.

Enjoy. . .

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2 thoughts on “Friday Favorite – The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris”

  1. I remember watching the movie back in high school (I was probably too young for the violence, but ah well), and I loved it. But it wasn’t until a couple years ago that I actually got to reading the book. And I completely agree with you. Though the movie is great, the book is so much better. Before reading this book, I was not a fan of thrillers, but after this book I started really enjoying some of them! This is one of my favorites as well.

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