Book Review: Silence Of The Lamb

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Title: Silence of The Lamb
Author: Thomas Harris
Genre: Thriller, Horror, Psychological Horror
Published: 1988

Being a fan of Sir Anthony Hopkins, I did watch the movie adaptation of the book and to be honest it was really good. Later I thought, why not read the book. Luckily, at home, we did have the copy and without a waste of time, I started reading it. To be honest, it is as creepy as the movie and in the movie, no one could portray Hannibal Lecter as perfectly as Sir Anthony Hopkins.

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The book has mainly two important characters, Clarice Starling and Hannibal Lecter. It starts with Clarice Starling who is undergoing her training as an FBI agent who will soon be assigned to help Jack Crawford, head of the FBI division that draws up psychological profiles of serial killers. Her task is to find a missing woman to save her from a psychopathic serial killer who skins his victims. Clarice attempts to gain a better insight into the twisted mind of the killer by talking to another cannibalistic serial killer and a forensic psychiatrist, Hannibal Lecter, who himself is serving nine consecutive life sentences in a mental institution for a series of murders. FBI agent Jack Crawford believes that Lecter, who is also a very powerful and clever mind manipulator, has the answers to their questions and can help locate the killer who is named “Buffalo Bill“. However, Clarice must first gain Lecter’s confidence before the inmate will give away any information, which she slowly does.

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From the start of the investigation, Clarice keeps on returning to Lecter in search of more information, and slowly the two form a strange relationship in which he offers her cryptic clues in return for information about her troubled and bleak childhood as an orphan. Then, Catherine Baker Martin, daughter of Senator Ruth Martin, is kidnapped and within six hours of her kidnapping, her blouse is found on the roadside, slit up the back- Buffalo Bill’s signature style! Clarice is sent to Lecter with an offer that if he assists in Catherine’s rescue and Buffalo Bill’s capture, he will be transferred out of the asylum. Thus he gives the required information to her, Buffalo Bill’s real name and other info.

Hannibal Lecter escapes by killing the policemen and using one of their faces as a mask to fool the paramedics. On the other hand, Clarice finds and kills Buffalo Bill and rescues Catherine. She becomes a full-fledged FBI agent and receives a congratulatory telegram from Hannibal Lecter, who hopes that “the lambs have stopped screaming“.Clarice eventually finds rest even after Lecter’s letter, sleeping peacefully “in the silence of the lambs”.

Totally mind-blowing psychological thriller with the perfect touch of cannibalism. Those who seriously love psychotic thrillers, it is a must for them!

Rating: star-512star-512star-512star-512

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