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?”

Book Review: “Red Dragon” by Thomas Harris

I don’t consider myself a reader with a favorite genre, but I think I am a fan of the mystery genre. This is the first “mature mystery” book I have ever finished, and I use the word “mature” because this book is definitely not for the youngins. This ain’t no Nancy Drew series. There are disturbing scenarios, and the killer of the story is a seriously disturbed individual. Suspenseful with a few mouth-dropping twists, Red Dragon was a story I enjoyed from start to finish.

Following the murders of two families, a detective is called in from retirement to help solve these mysteries. It is a rush to catch the killer, who calls himself the Dragon (and not the Tooth Fairy as the media has nicknamed him), before he strikes again and kills another family on the next full moon. (The killer likes to leave bite marks on his victims, among other “signature moves”, hence the nickname.) The story has many twists and turns, so I never found myself bored. The ending was definitely a surprise to me, so it is well worth the read!

What I love most about Harris’s writing is he is blunt. He just comes right out and says what is happening. He does not tip-toe. He was so blunt I had to reread things to make sure I read it right the first time.

Overall, I give it 4.5/5.

Favorite quote:

Good-bye, Dr. Lecter…”

“Do you know how you caught me?”

Graham was out of Lecter’s sight now, and he walked faster toward the far steel door.

“The reason you caught me is that we’re just alike” was the last thing Graham heard as the steel door closed behind him.