It is Halloween time, and as usual, I have taken the month of October to scare the hell out of myself with my reading choices. First up was Ira Levin’s Rosemary’s Baby. This will be among my shortest reviews, and for good reason.
Simply put, if you like atmospheric, slow burners, read this book! I know, you have already seen Roman Polanski’s adaptation, and it was horrifying. I agree! But the book makes you soak in the same bizarre world of Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse’s new Gothic style apartment building. Knowing what ending was coming for Rosemary’s troubled pregnancy had no effect on the chills this book constantly gave me. Each stomach turning reveal that painstakingly uncovers the horrifying truth will cause a shiver to rack the spine of even the most stoic readers.
Really, the movie is an excellent adaptation. It was a rare case in which I would say, they are both equally entertaining and worth reading/watching. I do wish that I had not seen the movie before I had read the book, as it took a bit of the shock out of the ending. But what a shock! Totally worth reading. Go find a copy, and get spooked!