Book Review: Hannibal

Join The Hunt For Hannibal The Cannibal

The novel Hannibal (1999) by Thomas Harris is the sequel to The Silence of the Lambs. Hannibal Lecter is on the run and there is a bounty on his head. He hides in Europe under the alias Dr. Fell. Clarice Starling is now an FBI agent. She is involved in a shootout and the newspapers paint her as the villain. This catches Hannibal Lecter’s attention and she reaches out to her. One of Hannibal Lecter’s former patient/surviving victim, Mason Verger, is a wealthy man and he is the one who placed the bounty on Hannibal’s head. When Hannibal sends Starling a letter, Mason hires men to hunt down the good doctor Lecter.

Different Feel

This novel felt different than the other two novels. One of the reasons behind this is the multiple point of view Thomas Harris uses. For some reason I had a hard time relating to Clarice Starling or Hannibal Lecter. I thought the book was going to focus on Hannibal Lecter only, I guess I judt didn’t get what I was expecting.


Even though the action in the novel is spread over the point of view of several characters, the book’s pace doesn’t slow down. Harris managed to keep me turning the page to find out what happened next. The man generated a well-crafted, balanced story,

Final Thoughts

I saw the movie first and then I read the book. I gotta say, I didn’t not enjoy how the book ended. I enjoyed the movie ending way better than the book ending. Kudos to the filmmakers for making such a difficult decision. If you’ve never seen any of the films in the Hannibal Lecter series, do yourself a favor and go see them. Just because I didn’t like the book doesn’t mean is a bad book. Please go read it and let me know what you think.

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