Cover for “Psycho”
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Author: Robert Bloch
Page Number: 175
This novel features a young woman, Mary Crane, on the run after stealing $40,000 from the office where she worked as a secretary. Mary stops to rest at the Bates motel, where she encounters Norman Bates and his hostile Mother. There is something off about the duo, could it just be the fact that her suspicions are heightened by the stolen money, or is there something seriously sinister afoot.
My Favorite Quote:
The room was plainly but adequately furnished; she noted the shower stall in the bathroom beyond. Actually, she she would have preferred a tub but this would do.
What I Liked About the Book:
As per usual, I feel that there is more detail given in the book than in the movie. The book is able to delve much deeper into the motives and personalities of each character and of course into Norman Bates’ mental illness. As Mary arrives to the Bates Motel, there’s a lengthy backstory given and the readers are able to get a great judgement of her own mental state. If I had to pick, my favorite character would have to be Mary Crane. I really just identified with her throughout the novel and thought she was a really driven, realistic character.
I would definitely read something else by Robert Bloch, I really enjoyed the overall writing style of the book and the feeling I was left with at the end. Also, I loved the plot of the book and the very well known twist at the end.
Something I was surprised about was that Norman Bates is actually aware of his psychosis. He knows of it and constantly tries to prevent himself from going off the rails in the book unlike the movie. END SPOILERS!
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