Comments: 25
A Gandy Girl 8 months ago
Loved all your updates. Great review!
BrokenTune 8 months ago
Thank you. It has been a blast reading this book again.
Obsidian Blue 8 months ago
Great review!
BrokenTune 8 months ago
Thank you. :)
Linda Hilton 8 months ago
Terrific review. I've wanted to read this book for a long time but really knew nothing about it or, for that matter, about Highsmith.

That said, however, I'm curious as to why she used both "alright" -- which I personally dislike -- and "all right." It's very nitpicky of me, and I might not even have noticed except that both forms are so close together in that section you quoted. And I'd be perfectly happy to blame an editor!!! ;-)
BrokenTune 8 months ago
Thank you.

Re "Alright" v "All right" - I have double checked whether I made a mistake typing it out, but this the way it is printed in the book. If it isn't an editing oversight, then the only reason I can think of is that when you say it out loud the "All right" may imply a slight hesitation because you might pause between the two words? It's tenous, but it is the only thing I can think of.
Linda Hilton 8 months ago
In that case,I'll blame an editor!!!!
Lillelara 8 months ago
Fantastic review, BT :).
BrokenTune 8 months ago
Thank you. :)
Burfobookalicious 8 months ago
Really good review! I've added this book to my wishlist. Many thanks
BrokenTune 8 months ago
Thank you. I hope you'll enjoy the book, too. Although, as you can gather "enjoy" is probably not the right word. ;)
Person Of Interest 8 months ago
Excellent review, BT!
BrokenTune 8 months ago
Thanks. :)
Murder by Death 8 months ago
Excellent review! I now feel like I can say I know enough about the book to know I never want to read it, which sounds like a backhanded thing to say, but it isn't. While everyone's updates and reviews make it clear that Highsmith was masterful at creating what had to be a very intricate plot, I would have found it so deeply disturbing, I wouldn't have been able to get past the creepiness to appreciate the genius of the writing behind it.
Person Of Interest 8 months ago
Yup, pretty much what I was thinking. As a card carrying wimp, I don't think I could handle Highsmith.
BrokenTune 8 months ago
Thanks, MbD.

It's kinda strange, but Highsmith is my upper limit for thrillers. There isn't any gratuitous violence, minimal, gore, and the plots are driven by suspense and characters more than action. But if the balance were swayed just a little more towards the gory, I'd bail, too. It was so much fun reading this, but I totally get that it may not work for everyone.

I'm glad you's still enjoyed the updates.
@BT, have you read this? http://booklikes.com/plotting-and-writing-suspense-fiction-patricia-highsmith/book,13895108

It was recommended to me ages ago, and I've now decided I finally ought to get around to reading it ...
BrokenTune 8 months ago
Not, yet. I have it on my kindle, but every time I got close to starting it, I opted for one of her actual stories. It's very short. I'm sure I'll get to it soon, too. :)
Not sure how much she actually gives away, but I'm sure it'll provide *some* level of insight ...
BrokenTune 8 months ago
I'm sure it will, too. :)
Murder by Death 8 months ago
For me, it's actually not the gore - it's the psychological angle. I find gas lighting and anything that's meant to mess with a person's head more terrifying than gore. Freaks me right out. :P
BrokenTune 8 months ago
Haha. Definitely stay away from Highsmith then! LoL.

Oh, and definitely stay away from her Animal-Lover's Book of Beastly Murder.
Murder by Death 8 months ago
Ugh - definitely. Just the title...
Bookish Blerd 8 months ago
This is going on my TBR list, not because I enjoyed the movie, but because your review was so fantastic!
BrokenTune 8 months ago
Thank you. I hope you like the book. It is much more detailed than the film, which helps flesh out the story quite a bit.