“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti” ― Thomas Harris,
Synopsis: 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. – via Goodreads
Eden: I’m a thankful I’ve never seen The Silence of the Lambs before I read this. I think had loved this book so much BECAUSE I’d never seen the movie. A+ writing, A+ story. 4/5 stars.
Caitlynn: I almost feel unfortunate that I saw this movie before I read the book. This is one instance where the movie was just as good as the book, but I would have loved to go into it like Eden, not knowing what to expect! There was still plenty of things that weren’t included in the movie to keep me wanting to know what was going to happen next. I highly recommend this book to any fans of suspense, thrillers, or crime books. 4.5/5 stars!
Jenn: I really enjoyed this book. I was fully immersed in this story. It was fully flushed out but still clear and concise. Honestly, this was a great quick read and I definitely want to continue this series. I gave it 4/5 stars.
Eden: I just finished the book and that shit was good.
Caitlynn: Right? Both of y’all have seen the movie right?
Jenn: She hasn’t.
E: Yeah, I haven’t which was what made this so crazy for me. I’ve always heard the line, “Hello, Clarice,” and never understood it. I’ve never seen the movie so my assumption was that the movie was about some serial killer who kidnapped a girl named Clarice and they had random conversations with while he was getting ready to kill her while the cops were searching for her.
C: Aww. So I don’t know if it was my love for Joe Dirt, but between that and The Silence of the Lambs I always thought that Buffalo Bill was a real person.
E: I didn’t even know Buffalo Bill was a thing until this. But it was really good and I really liked the writing. I was telling Jenn earlier, “Maybe I’m just really fucked up, but I really like Hannibal.”
J: I think you’re supposed to. That’s how the movie is too.
C: Yeah. I want to read the rest of the series. I think there’s like nine books or something?
E: Yeah. I definitely want to read the next one because the letter at the end of the book was really interesting.
E: I do like that we’re discussing a book that has been out for how many years now?
C: I think it’s since like 1984.
J: This one says 2010.
C: That’s obviously correct.
J: That’s what it says on Goodreads! It came out in 1988. The first of the series, Red Dragon, came out in 1981.
C: I’m pretty sure Hannibal the show is like the Red Dragon.
J: Yeah, Red Dragon is the origin story. The movie freaked me out so much.
E: So what did you guys think about this book for a Halloween read?
C: Pretty good for a Halloween read, I think.
J: I didn’t find it spooky or creepy.
E: It’s definitely a thriller.
C: I thought it was just really disturbing.
J: I felt like it was more of like a psychological, analytic-type book rather than suspense. I think since I’d seen the movie that was also why I didn’t find it as suspenceful because I already knew what was going to happen.
E: Yeah, that’s what I was going to say when you said you didn’t find it suspenseful. I found it really suspenseful. I was constantly wondering what was going to happen next.
J: Even the investigation scenes were really creepy and they were creepy in the book and it had atmosphere in the book. but I think that me watching the movie first took away from some of it.
E: Yeah and I was constantly looking for more stuff with Lecter. I always wanted more with Lecter.
C: Yeah, I was reading a review for Red Dragon and a reviewer was like, “It’s about Hannibal, but he’s only really in the book like twice.” That’s not a bad thing, but it’s just an interesting writing style.
E: I think that’s the good thing about writing Hannibal Lecter because you keep that suspense with him by giving very little information about him.
E: Clarice dreaded talking to him and I was always egging it on like, “Yeah, go talk to him, that’s exactly what needs to be done.”
J: Except for at the end because then she actually wanted to talk to him.
J: Jack Crawford reminds me of the guy from Criminal Minds. Hotch.
E: Hotch! Yes me too!
C: I imagined him as Richard from Grey’s Anatomy.
E: It was a good book. I didn’t expect to like it.
C: I liked that it was similar to the movie, but still different. And the book was even creepier than the movie.
J: I really liked the psychological aspect of it. I liked that to be connected to the characters meant going to a place people aren’t typically comfortable going and being ok with that. Like being ok with wanting to hear more from a serial killer rather than shying away from it.
E: And I loved that. I also loved that Lecter spoke in riddles. There was always more than one meaning to everything he said.
C: You guys know I hate the double meanings, so I appreciated that while Lecter spoke in riddles, everybody also laid everything out for you.