Wednesday, 24 March 2010
A Kiss Before Dying
Anyway. The latest book I was offered (by our American Lab Assistant) was 'A Kiss Before Dying' by Ira Levin. Written in 1953.
Ira Levin also wrote 'Rosemary's Baby' and 'The Stepford Wives' to name but a few. I'd never heard of it but I thought I recognised the man's face on the cover and mentioned he reminded me of the 'Hart to Hart' guy, Robert Wagner. Which, it turns out, the picture was actually of because it was made into the movie of the same name.
Not being a huge reader of psychological thriller type books, I was sceptical. But the minute I'd read the first sentence I was hooked.
"His plans had been running so beautifully, go goddamned beautifully, and now she was going to smash them all."
Hooked. And all subsequent sentences were the same. Technically, essentially brilliant. No more no less than what was required to write the most gripping book I've recently... no, make that EVER read.
Not only was this book a simple delight to read - edge of seat, exciting stuff - it was an education. I felt like I had a 'Master Storyteller' in my hands. No word was superfluous. No situation unnecessary. No character over-writtten. Just perfect. It's on my list of re-reads already.
Read it - you'll be very happy you did.