Book Review: “The Silence of the Lambs” by Thomas Harris

I think right now, Thomas Harris is my favorite author. I really enjoy his writing style and story-telling abilities.

The Silence of the Lambs is the second book of the Hannibal Lecter universe, and just like its predecessor, it does not disappoint. There were a couple of times throughout this story where I got major chills, so if you like a story that will stay with you, The Silence of the Lambs is sure to deliver.

Clarice Starling is a student at a law enforcement academy who is slowly pulled into helping solve the case of a serial killer nicknamed Buffalo Bill, whose victims are female and he skins and scalps them. Clarice speaks to Dr. Hannibal Lecter about the killer, and he gives her a psychological profile of the killer and reveals he believed the killer was a patient of his at one point. Things take a heavy turn when Buffalo Bill kidnaps a senator’s daughter, Catherine, and the race is on to not only find Buffalo Bill and Catherine, but to find Lecter, who takes full advantage when being transferred to another facility.

What does this have to do with lambs? Don’t worry. You’ll find out.

Overall, I give it a 4/5.

Favorite Quote:

“Do you think if you caught Buffalo Bill yourself and if you made Catherine all right, you could make the lambs stop screaming, do you think they’d be all right too and you wouldn’t wake up again in the dark and hear the lambs screaming?”

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