ROSEMARY’S BABY by Ira Levin #BookReview #5stars #Horror

Another great horror book.

Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin

Links on Amazon and Goodreads

What it’s about:

She is a housewife—young, healthy, blissfully happy. He is an actor—charismatic and ambitious. The spacious, sun-filled apartment on Manhattan’s Upper West Side is their dream home—a dream that turns into an unspeakable nightmare. . . .  Enter the chilling world of Ira Levin—where terror is as near as your new neighbors . . . and where evil wears the most innocent face of all. . . .

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My thoughts:

This is one of those few books where I find myself thinking, hey the movie wasn’t half bad at all. In fact, it helped to picture Mia Farrow as Rosemary while I was reading the book (yeah yeah yeah, I watched the movie first, sue me).

There were many “What the fuck?” moments, in a good sense of the phrase.

The pace in the book was a bit slow, but still psychologically very satisfying to read.

I don’t care if you disagree, but I felt the ending in the movie was actually more mysterious and sinister and just right than the book’s ending. But, no matter what, there’s no doubt that this was a great horror novel.

5 stars.

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My review on Goodreads

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23 thoughts on “ROSEMARY’S BABY by Ira Levin #BookReview #5stars #Horror

  1. You know… I have yet to read or watch this! Talk about the horror, that’s horrifying just in itself! I should sit down and watch and read also. I love some of the old time horror. It just isn’t the same anymore! Glad you liked it and now I’m curious about the endings!

  2. I read the book many years ago but the movie? Oh super creepy for sure! I can still pictures certain parts of the movie and it makes the hair on my arms stand at attention. Eeek!

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  4. Good assessment. BOTH the book and movie are classsics of the genre. I just read somewhere, perhaps it is NBC is making a TV mini-series. Sometimes, it is better to leave well enough alone. The cast of the movie were legend and icons of film (Ruth Gordon, Mia Farrow, John Cassavettes) & diretor Polanski was brilliant. TV? I can’t even imagine a cast good enough to do the book justice. Of course the teleplay could mess it up anyway. Lost before it begins.

  5. I read this book when it came out, and was enthralled. I also loved the movie. The casting was brilliant (which so very seldom happens with Hollywood), and as you say, the ending…oh, so creepy. I recommend both the book, and the movie. Reading the book first is probably better, but you’re right…I could never read it now without picturing Mia Farrow & crew. Especially Ruth Gordon. Perfect. Ira Levin wrote some great books, though this is probably the most famous. All are worth a read. Great review, thanks!

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