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Book Review: The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris (#2 Hannibal Lecter)

2. February 2018



A serial murderer known only by a grotesquely apt nickname—Buffalo Bill—is stalking women. He has a purpose, but no one can fathom it, for the bodies are discovered in different states. Clarice Starling, a young trainee at the FBI Academy, is surprised to be summoned by Jack Crawford, chief of the Bureau’s Behavioral Science section. Her assignment: to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter—Hannibal the Cannibal—who is kept under close watch in the Baltimore State Hospital for the Criminally Insane.

Dr. Lecter is a former psychiatrist with a grisly history, unusual tastes, and an intense curiosity about the darker corners of the mind.




I loved Red Dragon, it was such a good book and I was really looking forward to The Silence of the Lambs because I could remember some of it from watching the movie so long ago!

The Silence of the Lambs has SUCH a clever title. You’ll know what I’m talking about towards the end of the book. I also liked the killer Buffalo Bill, in this book. I love how he’s different from the scary Red Dragon or should we say Tooth Fairy?

This book isn’t as exciting as the first book. I really liked Will Graham, and I loved him in Red Dragon. So I felt like introducing Clarice Starling was both good and bad, because I did miss Graham a lot in this book. I felt like his thoughts made Red Dragon scarier, and Starling doesn’t think the same way as he did. So this is why the star is half and not full!

I think that what make Thomas Harris’ books such good books is because he knows his characters. They’re so realistic; flawed and perfect at the same time. The dialogue is realistic and it flows perfectly. I think this is just one of those things that really draws me towards Thomas Harris as well, because I feel like I’m reading about real people, and it scares and excites me at the same time.

It’s a good sequel to Red Dragon, and it made me so excited for Hannibal, the third book in the series. I really recommend these books if you like serial killers and grossly detailed books about cannibalism. (That sounds so crazy, but it’s true).

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