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Cape Fear by John D. MacDonald
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Aug 29, 2012

really liked it
Read from August 29 to 30, 2012

It had been a while since I had seen the 1991 movie of the same title, but as soon as I started reading, I knew that the film and the novel were oceans apart.

This is not to say that one was particularly better than the other. Both have their own merits. The book, being set in the 1950s, could rely on much more subtle suspense tactics, affording it a quaint, antiquated charm. The novel isn’t by any means less harrowing than the movie, and the story’s antagonist, Max Cady, no less terrifying.

I can’t really fault this book. I didn’t want to put it down and I found all the characters likeable – even the children. At first, I found the way that Sam & Carol interacted with one another a little affected for a married couple, but once I found out they had met at university through a series of one-upmanships, it began to make a lot more sense.

This was a very gripping and entertaining short read.

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