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Hannibal by Thomas Harris

Published March 3, 2010

Hannibal by Thomas Harris

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After reading Silence of the Lambs and thoroughly enjoying it, I took on board the recommendations for this sequel. The style is very similar to the original, as you would expect, and there’s plenty of action to keep you turning the pages.

As with the previous book, what struck me more than anything was the ability of Harris to turn Hannibal into a sympathetic character. The man kills and eats people, for goodness sake. Yet, most of the way through, you were rooting for him not to be caught. By the way, the plan they had for him? Totally gross.

I say “most of the way” because I did not like the end. It’s hard to describe why because I’m satisfied with the book, I wasn’t disappointed with the ending the way I am with some books, it’s just I didn’t like it. I don’t want to spoil it, but suffice to say I don’t like the ending for her, even if it wasn’t all her will, and I don’t like that he chose that path either. The sister thing confused me, but then we are dealing with a very disturbed man anyway, so I guess it didn’t need to make sense.

Either way, the book got me thinking and I really enjoyed reading all of it, even if I would rather it went a different way at the end.

Rating: Unrated

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