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By Brandon R. on 25-08-2017
Really really bad.
Paul Michael Garcia is my new favorite narrator. in fact his narration was the only thing that helped me keep listening. i really struggled to finish this. I had read Hitchcock, about how the original Psycho book was adapted. then i read the original psycho. I LOVED both books and will listen to them again. so when i saw this sequel i was SO EXCITED! It starts like a b horror movie sequal. but that didnt bother me. i actually really enjoyed the begining. but then it pulls an Alien 3. (that's all ill say, so i dont spoil anything.) then goes full on stephen king. bad stephen king. too many side characters. too much pointless back story. randomly bizarre, perverse, and perverted scenes. a convoluted plot. a story that breaks numerous, basic "how to tell a good story" rules. just bad. through all of this, the great narration and entertaining opening chapters convinced me i should stick with it. I hoped there would be a redeeming ending that would make it all worth it. I never guess an ending, but this time i did. in the middle of the book, i briefly guessed an ending, but immediately pushed the thought aside. I thought, "No way the author would do that. it's just too silly..." Then that ending actually happened. PARTS of the ending actually surprised me. however, the final payoff left me angry and wishing i could go back in time and re-read the first book instead. Like i said, this book started good , but pulled an Alien 3. by this, i mean that it moved away from characters and elements i enjoyed about the previous book, and actually ruined a lot of them. There is actually a third (maybe fourth?) book in the psycho series, which i had planned on reading. after this disappointment, i doubt i'll read them.
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By D. P. Leis on 28-07-2018
Not my Psycho
With all due respect to the man who created the franchise, Robert Bloch, this book in no way inhabits the world that attracted the world to Psycho in the beginning. It is more social commentary and a dissection of Hollywood than it is a story about horror, suspense or psychology. Filled with characters that I have no interest in... How can you make a Psycho story where Norman Bates is absent throughout almost the entire piece? The movies did a great job at continuing the Psycho story, but unfortunately this book does not.
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By sarahmoose2000 on 12-05-2013
Nothing like the film, and that's what makes it even better!
Norman Bates manages to escape his psychiatric lock down by murdering and impersonating a nun, as you do! His psychiatrist takes a leave of absence to track him down, and don't you know it, just as all this is happening, Hollywood is filming Norman's life story.....could he be heading out there for a guest appearance?!