Review: Psycho by Robert Bloch

Norman Bates, the infamous serial killer. You’ve most likely seen the film but have you read the book?

At just shy of 200 pages, Bloch doesn’t waste a word in this horror genre fiction story that’s loosely based on the true story of serial killer, Ed Gein.

Bates runs the dingy, slow motel where no one really stops. When criminal Mary Crane stops overnight, he invites her up to the house for dinner.

Mother won’t like that.

Mary, like others before her, never make it out of the motel.

Getting into Bates mind is a talent that Bloch makes look easy. His thought process and fears come alive in front of you and even though the story is one of the best known ones, you’re holding your breath in the last few pages as it draws to its conclusion.

A five star must read. It’s a classic for a reason.

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