Title: Strangers on a Train
Author: Patricia Highsmith
Page Count/Review Word Count: 266
Strangers on a Train is one of those classic crime novels that I’ve always wanted to get to, and so when I saw it going cheap in a charity shop, I knew I had to pick it up. There was also some handy little symbolism in that I read Highsmith’s The Talented Mr. Ripley when I was in hospital with an abscess and I read this while suffering from the flu and an infected blister.
It’s pretty much a classic in the crime genre for a reason. There’s a lot to like here and a lot of different reasons to like it, so if you’ve been thinking about picking it up then go ahead and do so. It’s not going to tick all of your boxes if you’re into police procedurals or cosy mysteries, but it’s beautifully written and acts as almost a precursor to modern psychological thrillers.
One of the most interesting things for me was the different ways in which Highsmith wrote about the two murders. The way that Bruno and Guy act tells you a huge amount about each of the two characters, with Bruno relishing the hunt and Guy panicking and almost getting himself caught as a result of it.
All in all then, I was pretty happy with Strangers on a Train, but it did also leave me wanting more. I also can’t help feeling as though Bruno and Guy were both very stupid people. So yeah.