Book: Black Sunday
Author: Thomas Harris
Recommend: If you like political thrillers where you already know what it is leading up to.
I have read the whole Hannibal Lecter series, written by Thomas Harris. This is the one book that I hadn’t tackled yet. When I saw it for one dollar a couple of weeks ago, I couldn’t pass it up! So I put it in my stack of stuff to read and thought it would be sure bet for a book I would really enjoy. I was wrong.
While this book wasn’t horrible, it was missing something. It was missing a true mastermind that was actually scary. While the plot line was very interesting, the characters really needed development. They had serious potential, but I’m not sure if there were just too many of them fighting for the main character role or that he just didn’t spend enough time developing them but it felt like it was missing something to hold it all together. For a first novel it was readable, but is not in the same league as everything that followed. I think that the author learned a lot from this process and came away knowing that he needed to create stronger characters, which he fantastically accomplished in his next book.
If you haven’t read anything by this author, you might find it satisfying but having read his other books and then following it with this one, I was somewhat disappointed. This one is going back to the used bookstore. Maybe I’ll get more back than I paid, because even a dollar was a bit much for this one.