A Kiss Before Dying
A Kiss Before Dying not only debuted the talent of best-selling novelist Ira Levin to rave reviews and an Edgar Award, it also set a new standard in the art of psychological suspense. It tells the shocking tale of a young man who will stop at nothing—not ...more
The story starts out like many stories do...
Poor boy and rich girl start dating
Rich girl gets pregnant
...and this is where things get a little interesting-
Poor boy- is actually a psychopath- only dating rich girl so he could marry her for her money. Now that his pla ...more
I like Levin. I like his easy-to-read style of writing. I like the suspenseful way he plotted the route of the evildoer, and I like that he kept me guessing.
I have to be careful here as I do not want to give anything away, but will say MURDER is the name of the game, and the story is set in the year's between 1949-1951 when tips were a quarter and young women were naive and gullible.
Forbidden to attend the same college as her older sister Ellen,...more
There's something different about witnessing 50s characters unwittingly fall prey to the machinations of a seemingly swell guy. After ...more
A Kiss Before Dying is a taut little thriller about a sociopath who conceives an ingenuous plan to seduce the daughter of a wealthy copper baron. Except she goes and gets pregnant before his plan can come to fruition. Since Daddy is the moralistic disinheriting type, he figures a kid before they are properly married and he's had time to work his charms and soften the old man up will just ruin everything. When he c ...more
Challenge for Indian readers: identify the Bollywood blockbuster based on this novel.
Levin packs surprise after surprise into this novel, a book that will leave you exhausted w ...more
Everything begins like a fairy tale , except for that , here prince charming is ambitious though as poor as a church mouse and princess is a daughter of a millionaire. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances she has to be killed . I don’t reveal anything at this moment – you can read it on the blurb.
Despite this , career and money , are still at fortune hunter's hands , because as luck would have it , on the horizon appears the sister of the murdered girl . But , by a strange twist of fat ...more
And yet, while A Kiss Befor ...more
If you can "let the book" or if you really aren't familiar with books, ...more
Boys will do anything for the nookie. And money.
I recently watched the 1956 movie based on this book, the one with Robert Wagner and Joanne Woodward, the one I had never connected to this book. I watched it anyway but picked up the book from the library afterwards, thinking there might be some differences. There really weren't any. What you see in the movie is al ...more
Ira Levin (1929-2007) was a popular and prolific writer. This was his first novel, and won an Edgar Award for Best First Novel. He had a couple of blockbusters after this, notably “Rosemary’s Baby,” and “The Boys From Brazil.” In this novel he invents a male gold digger who climbs his way up the ladder of a family fortune by killing off the eligible women in the family by turns. His protagonist is “…a handsome young man, very appealing, very char ...more
Perhaps I liked this because it takes place in the early 50s. There's no surveillence cameras, email, or mug shots on the web. Communication is by telephone and long distance travel is ...more
This, like a lot ...more
"...His plans had been running so beautifully, so goddamned beautifully, and now she was going to smash them all. Hate erupted and flooded through him, gripping his face with jaw aching pressure. That was all right though; the lights w ...more
Young handsome college student meets beautiful young coed. They plan to marry, but for all the wrong reasons. Our handsome hero is anything but the hero. We get to experience all of his thinking as he plans out his wonderful life that just need lot ...more
[Levin's] first book, which is unfortunately not much read these days...[is] A Kiss Before Dying...a gritty suspense story told with great elan -- rarity enough, but what is even more rare is that...[it] contains surprises that really surprise...and it is relatively impervious to that awful, dreadful goblin of a reader, he or she WHO TURNS TO THE LAST THREE PAGES TO SEE HOW IT CAME OUT.
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Written and set in the 1950s, “A Kiss Before Dying” is about a handsome and charming war vet who has a plan to ensure his financial future — a plan that hits a snag when ...more
Why do publishers do this? Infuriating!!! If you want to have some other writer waxing lyrical about how great the novel is while giving away plot twists, then do it as an afterword, not an introduction.
Plus, I'll now look up who wrote the intro and make sure NEVER to read any of her books.
Anyhow. A great, chilling and tense thriller about a determined, callous young man, his quest for wealth, and his ...more
Not so in this case. He is a natural born killer with one virtue, patience.
This is a book with a predictable plot but very chilling to actually be in on his very precise and well thought out murder scheme. Four stars for being well written with a few twists and mouth opening chills.
After college, he wrote training films and scripts for television.
Levin's first produced play was No Time for Sergeants (adapted from Mac Hyman's novel), a comedy about a hillbilly drafted into the United States Air Force that launched the career of Andy Griffith. The play was turned int ...more