My Rating: 5 Stars
Only the style of writing of Thomas Harris could make me actually admire a character like Hannibal Lecter. His style, charm, sophisticated manners and intelligence make him one of the scariest and dangerous monsters that exist in modern American literature. I saw the movie before I read the book and I could actually hear the voice of Anthony Hopkins narrating the dialogues.
When it comes to the character of Clarice, it's clear that she's looking for a way to prove herself to more than she is, and Hannibal becomes, in his own twisted way, intrigued by her charm, naivety and insecurities. Clarice herself becomes fascinated by Hannibal and definitely develops a connection with him that beings her close to him than anyone ever was. As I followed the story, I had the feeling that Clarice actually understands Hannibal in an unconscious way.
Thomas Harris definitely made me think that you're probably a psychopath yourself to develop a complex character like Hannibal Lecter. A great book that I highly recommended.
Hope you find an idea for your next reading here.