Book Review– The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris


This is the forty-third book from my 200 Book Reading Challenge.

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

Published 1988

A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname-Buffalo Bill is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau’s Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter-Hannibal the Cannibal-who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

Dr. Lecter is a former psychiatrist with a grisly history, unusual tastes, and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind. His intimate understanding of the killer and of Clarice herself form the core of The Silence of the Lambs and ingenious, masterfully written book and an unforgettable classic of suspense fiction.



I’ve watched all the movies based on Thomas Harris’ Hannibal Lector series (Red Dragon is actually my favorite though the original is pretty darn good with Jodie Foster and Hopkins) and always wanted to check out the books. I was a bit afraid that they might be boring, but this was not the case with The Silence of the Lambs.

Harris’ writing style flowed well and was very easy to get wrapped up into. He portrays an intriguing story, realistic characters, and good dialogue. The multiple POVs were well done. I believe that the author especially did a superb job with Dr. Hannibal Lector. I liked the relationship between him and Agent Clarice Starling, as well as between him and Dr. Chilton. I also enjoyed the other relationships that Starling had with characters (such as her college roommate and Jack Crawford).

The book obviously has more details (and a few changes) than the movie. But if you enjoyed the movie, you might enjoy the book. I especially recommend this for fans of horror and crime novels. I’m excited to read the rest of the books in this series.





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