Having seen the movie adaptation of The Silence of the Lambs several times, it seemed at times that I could see the action on the pages of the book rather than just reading them. I cannot help but see Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling and it is the voice of Anthony Hopkins I hear when Hannibal Lecter speaks. While this may limit how I view the characters, this does not detract at all from the book and I feel that in many ways, the novel is superior and is still gripping despite my familiarity with the story.

Clarice Starling is in training at the FBI Academy. She is a star student in the Behavioral Sciences Division when the Department Chief, Jack Crawford, calls her into his office and gives her a job. She is to interview one Dr Hannibal The Cannibal Lecter in order to help get into the mind of a serial killer. There is an open case with a serial killer who has been nicknamed Buffalo Bill , and Dr. Lecter may be the only chance to solve the case without there being many more murders. Starling is only a trainee, and this may be why Lecter is actually willing to speak to Starling about Buffalo Bill, though he is always holding something back.

Lecter is a villain of extreme intellect and this comes through in his dialogue. Like Red Dragon , Dr. Lecter is not the central villain and the story does not revolve specifically around him (though he has a larger role this time around). Lecter does play a pivotal role because without him, the story cannot move forward. We never truly get into the psyche of Jame Gumb (not as much as we did with Frances Dolorhyde in Red Dragon ), and it seems as if most of his actions happen off camera.

While Lecter is a very interesting character, it is Clarice Starling that we get to see grow as a character and become more confident and insistent in her work with Lecter and to catch Buffalo Bill even though she is only a trainee. She was put on this case and she intends to see it through.

As creepy as the movie could be, I loved this book. It had a very fast pace and stayed interesting throughout the story and it didn t matter that I had seen the movie multiple times. I was interested in the story Thomas Harris was telling. While Harris goes into detail about crimes, it doesn t feel very gory or unnecessary. It seems that this novel was a best seller in the late 80 s and it is easy to see why. The Silence of the Lambs is a well told thriller and any fans of James Patterson and that genre should definitely give this one a look.