The Talented Mr Ripley, by Patricia Highsmith

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The Talented Mr RipleyI have been slacking off in my quest to read 1001 Books Before I Die, and, choosing one to read on this trip to Qld, I looked for something on the TBR that I could cheerfully leave behind for my dear old dad to read. I was pretty sure he would enjoy The Talented Mr Ripley; I’m not so sure that I did.

It is said of this novel that it’s different because it’s a crime novel written from the PoV of the perpetrator, and I can see from reviews at GoodReads that there is for some readers a kind of frisson in hoping that Tom Ripley will get away with it.  Some seem to think that he’s a sociopath and others seem to have decided that he is ‘forced into’ committing one of his murders.  *Oops* was that a spoiler? Not really, the blurb says much the same…

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