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Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith
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I read this after seeing the little blurb on it during the Guardian's 1000 Books You Should Read series, and being intrigued by the idea - two men meet on a train, and agree to complete each other's murders.

Of course, it's not really like that at all - it is Bruno who becomes obsessed with the idea. The other main on the train, Guy, doesn't believe he's agreed to such a scheme until Bruno makes it all more and more inevitable.

Watching Guy slowly succumb to Bruno's plan and commence falling apart is depressing and numbingly terrifying, made more so by Highsmith's restrained prose. I've read that the Hitchcock film doesn't really follow the plot, but I'm curious to see it in any case.
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