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Ripley's Game by Patricia Highsmith
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Aug 01, 10

bookshelves: 2010, crime
Read from July 30 to 31, 2010

An unusual departure for me - I normally prefer to read the book before seeing the film. but in this case it's the other way round.

It takes some will power on my part to stop inserting the film characters into the novel, and in this case it just didn't work.

I was coming to this book cold, having never read any of the previous Ripley novels, so perhaps I've missed out on something along the way, because tehre are some pretty glowing reviews here.

I found the book plodding and lacking a good narartive flow.

The character of Ripley is certainly a good one, a cold calculating totally self centred individual. The supporting cast felt almost like shadows around him, and some of their actions were woefully unbelievable.

However, Highsmith does ratchet the tension up very well towards the end, even if the action isn't depicted particularly well.
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