Psycho: A Novel

Psycho: A Novel

by Robert Bloch
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Psycho 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 49 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Bring up 'Psycho' in a conversation and more often than not people rave about 'the shower scene' and how courageous Hitchcock was to kill his heroine in the first half-hour. Guess what folks? If it wasn't for Robert Bloch, Hitchcock wouldn't have had a chance to be so 'bold' and 'cutting edge'! Bloch's source material is just as important as Hitchcock's movie and Joseph Stefano's script (Stefano, by the way, considered Bloch's book to be just another throwaway, hardboiled, pulp story. Talk about gratitude!), and I think it is better than the movie. The book keeps you on your toes throughout. Granted, if you are familiar with the movie, it is hard to be surprised at the ending. But if you are new to Psycho...wow, are you in for a treat. Bloch is one of the masters at suspense, and he allows you to get into the character's heads. You come to know them and understand why they act the way they do. Do yourself a favor and pick this book up. At the very least it will help you forget Gus Van Sant and that abomination of a 'remake'!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
In terms of suspense, this is a book of Stephen King proportions. After reading this, I can honestly say I'll never look at a roadside motel the same way again. Norman Bates has found his rightful place among equally famous men, such as Freddy Krueger and Jason Voorhees.
Bookworm1951 More than 1 year ago
A true suspense/thriller classic. Well written. The book gives you great insight into the personalities of Norman and mother and how they became so intertwined. A short book with a powerful impact. To the reviewer who complained that the book was almost word for word like the movie - REMEMBER - The book was witten in 1959 and the movie done in 1960. So, the movie came after the book was written.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Psycho, is the only book I've ever read where I knew the ending, and still expected more! Although it was written nearly 50 years ago, it is still fresh and alive!! It certainly evokes emotion. Never a dull moment. Robert Bloch is the guy who introduced the idea that monsters didn't have to be supernatural they could be right next door. He did that with this book, and brought in a whole new concept for horror fiction writers. If you love realistic horror read this book. I wanted to read the second part so bad, I bought it at a used bookstore today. I don't know how this part will end, as I have not yet seen the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read Psycho after watching the movie; though i knew what was going to happen I found it very frightening and and full of suspense. Norman Bates is definately one of the best horror villians ever created. And the way Robert Block is able to write throughout the story--oh, it just gives me goosebumps. And the shocking ending is really one of the most remembered moments in all of horror/literature. Block, King, and Stine are equal to me. If you like Stephen King, you'll love this book. I guaratee it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wished I read the book before seeing the ending because it would have been more suspenseful reading it. The mother is way more involved in the book so you get more of a look at her than you do in the movie.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Novel was almost word-for-word the movie, but this is the rare case of film being better than the book (talking about the original movie, of course). My only complaint was that the book is too short (127 nook pages) to charge $12.99 for it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Psycho is a very well thought out and planned out story. Even as I write this I'm looking over my back.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Psycho is so exciting that you even can´t stop reading. It´s full of surprises.You shouldn´t read it if your nerves aren´t the strongest!Maybe you get a nervous breakdown. The book is about a fad overgrown Mama´s Boy! Have fun reading it.We promise you won´t expect the ending!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Psycho is one of the best english books I've ever read. It's exciting from the first chapter on 'til the end of the book. You will hardly recognice time passing by when you follow Norman Bates's absourd thoughts and fastcinating feelings. You will see through his eyes and feel like him while innocent people are killed in his motel. It is a story which seems to be real just because of the exiting way of writing. This book is easy to understand for German readers, too.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think that 'Psycho' by Robert Bloch is a very good book for people with English as a foreing language. It's very easy to understand. Psycho is written in such a psychological way that you really don't expect the end. All in all it's a very good book but it's not so great to give five stars.
Guest More than 1 year ago
We started to read the book in school, 3weeks ago. First we thought the book was boring. Now we know, it is a good one. It has a surprising end and the book is better when you don`t know the end before reading. You never know who the murderer is (instead of you look at the book-cover).
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is very horrorable and spooky. It is as good as the film. Norman Bates is a very interesting person and during reading the book you sometimes must think longer about what happens. Strange things will happen you don't expect. Enjoy reading this book!
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Johnny7373 More than 1 year ago
It was a very well-written book. Even though I knew some things, it kept me interested, because I didn't know exactly how everything was going to plan out. Either way, it's an easy to read book. I'm kind of a beginner at the hobby of reading books and I enjoyed it. Hope you do too! If you want to read, you MUST read the book that inspired one of the most talked about horror movies. :)
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Thats how they made bates hotel on netflix
drakevaughn More than 1 year ago
This classic is still thrilling after all these years. Sprung from the pulp traditions of the 1950s, Bloch delivers a fast paced and psychologically laden tale of murder, mayhem, and the king of all Mommy issues. It’s a super-fast read and can be devoured in a single sitting, that is if you leave on the lights. 
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This is a must read book crazy good
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