Thomas's Reviews > Fright

Fright by Cornell Woolrich
Rate this book
Clear rating

This one seems to have gotten crappy reviews from other readers, but I thought it was brilliant. This is the first Cornell Woolrich I've read unless you count the Rear Window screenplay, and I thought it was really disturbing, sort of the written equivalent of Hitchcock. I felt very tense throughout and actually gave myself a cramp in my back because I was sitting so awkwardly in the chair, freaking out as I read it. That absolutely never happens; most books I read at emotional arms-length. This I was totally engaged by and it actually scared me.

I can only assume the bad reviews come from the weirdly gothic esthetic of the language, which makes it very different than the typical Hard Case Crime books and a mite difficult to identify with the narrator, in maybe the same way Lovecraft's narrators can be alienating to the reader. I found that brilliant, though, the ending completely caught me off guard.

Loved it.
3 likes · flag

Sign into Goodreads to see if any of your friends have read Fright.
Sign In »

No comments have been added yet.