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text 2018-04-23 16:16
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
Strangers on a Train - Patricia Highsmith

After reading more than half of this one, and all of The Talented Mr. Ripley, Patricia Highsmith has overtaken Shirley Jackson as the American woman writing the most terrifying characters in literature. 

 

Moral of the story: do not talk to anyone, anywhere, ever. Do not make eye contact. In fact, pretend to be dead. Yeah, do that.

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text 2018-04-01 12:20
Reading progress update: I've read 246 out of 290 pages.
The Blunderer - Patricia Highsmith

Men who Stretch the Law

 

Seriously, Walter. That booktitel isn´t suspicious at all.

 

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text 2018-04-01 07:42
Reading progress update: I've read 180 out of 290 pages.
The Blunderer - Patricia Highsmith

"Mr Stackhouse," Corby said, "you don´t deny that Kimmel´s actions were in your mind when you followed the bus your wife was on, do you?"

"When you say Kimmel´s action ..."

"We´ve discussed that," Corby said sharply.

"Yes," Walter said, "I do deny that." In the last seconds a sympathy for Kimmel had sprung up in Walter so strong that it embarrased him, and he felt he should try to conceal it.

[...]

Kimmel evidently intended to reveal as little as he could to Corby. Suddenly it seemed so heroic and generous on Kimmel´s part that Kimmel appeared a shining angel in contrast to a diabolic Corby.

 

Wait .... What? Oh, Walter...

 

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text 2018-03-31 18:52
Reading progress update: I've read 60%.
The Blunderer - Patricia Highsmith

‘I mind. I mind the privacy of my house being invaded.’

‘I’m afraid there’s nothing you can do about it, Kimmel.’

‘You’d better get out of this house, unless you’d rather be thrown out. I’ve some important work to do.’

‘What’s more important, Kimmel? My work or yours? What are you doing tonight – reading the Marquis de Sade’s Memoirs?’

Kimmel looked Corby’s reedy body up and down. What could Corby know of such a book.

I'm sorry but ... Bwahahaha. 

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text 2018-03-31 17:17
Reading progress update: I've read 51%.
The Blunderer - Patricia Highsmith

Besides, he loved his shop better than his house, and here on Sundays he could browse among his own books undisturbed, eat his lunch, doze, and answer at length some of the correspondence, erudite and whimsical, he received from people he had never seen but whom he felt he knew well. Booklovers: if you knew the kind of books a man wanted, you knew the man.

A little bit of context:

This paragraph is about a character who is a cold-blooded murderer. He's not been found out. What is more, he appears to be taking an interest in our idiot main character, Walter.

(spoiler show)

 

This last line has never been so chilling.

 

Seriously, I need to make some tea and find some biscuits. This story is really tense.

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