Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

?In this mesmerizing [novel] . . . not to be recommended for the weak-minded and impressionable? (Washington Post), we encounter Guy Haines, a successful architect in the midst of a divorce, and Charles Anthony Bruno, a conniving psychopath who manipulates a chance encounter with Guy into a sadistic plot to swap murders. ?Some people are better off dead,? says Bruno, ?like ?In this mesmerizing [novel] . . . not to be recommended for the weak-minded and impressionable? (Washingto...

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Title:Strangers on a Train
Author:Patricia Highsmith
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Genres:Fiction
ISBN:Strangers on a Train
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Strangers on a Train Reviews

  • David Schaafsma
    Sep 27, 2017

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

  • Leslie
    Dec 26, 2010

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

    Why is it so much easier to unburden yourself to a stranger? Is it that awareness of anonymity? Is it the knowledge that this person has no history, no preconceived notions upon which you might be judged? Whatever the underlying reason, I?ve always found this to be true. I?m pretty...

    Two men meet on a train ride to Texas, worlds collide, and their lives are changed forever. Charles Bruno is a spoiled rich kid grown up now into a wealthy young man wanting more. The only path he can see to "more" is for his father to die. Bruno has never had a job and feels...

    A genius idea drowned in a soup of too many uninteresting characters. Most of the book could have been edited down to one taut, terrific short story. ...

    3.5 stars. ...

    What an astounding first novel! This book is sixty-five years old but remains to this day a considerably shocking edge of the seat read. And I don?t mean that it contains graphic violence or gripping action sequences - not at all. This book is a psychological novel that gets deep und...

    Now, you see, if you ask me to write a review on this book, I'm going to write it in relative to Hitchcock's infamous Strangers On A Train. (Brain: No one's askin' you, Pri! Me: ... Me: Shut up, Brain!) Leave it to Hitchcock to find such little gems, especially in their obscurity...

    2 bored stars. Buddy read with Kelly (and the Book Boar). This is the source material for the classic 1952 thriller of the same name in which director Alfred Hitchcock and script-writer Raymond Chandler greatly improved upon Patricia Highsmith?s first novel. I?m not sure what...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? After watching The Talented Mr. Ripley, I desperately wanted to read more from Patricia Highsmith. If all her novels were as psychological twisted as that movie, I was sure I had found my new favorite thriller-author. S...

    It is one of those books where the writer brings the reader inside of the characters? minds very quickly. The picture there is not a pleasant one. The two strangers who accidentally meet on a train one night, Charles Bruno and Guy Haines (I believe the plot is well- known, if not fro...

    This was another fun airport read because it is all about the perils of oversharing with strangers on public transportation. This is like literary B.O. for travelers, I'm sure. If only I had a Team Bruno shirt to don (and sully with literary b.o. pit stains!) in the air. This book e...

  • Dan Schwent
    Jul 06, 2016

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

  • Nancy Oakes
    Feb 12, 2008

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

  • ☮Karen
    Jun 24, 2015

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

    Why is it so much easier to unburden yourself to a stranger? Is it that awareness of anonymity? Is it the knowledge that this person has no history, no preconceived notions upon which you might be judged? Whatever the underlying reason, I?ve always found this to be true. I?m pretty...

    Two men meet on a train ride to Texas, worlds collide, and their lives are changed forever. Charles Bruno is a spoiled rich kid grown up now into a wealthy young man wanting more. The only path he can see to "more" is for his father to die. Bruno has never had a job and feels...

  • Sara
    Feb 17, 2017

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

    Why is it so much easier to unburden yourself to a stranger? Is it that awareness of anonymity? Is it the knowledge that this person has no history, no preconceived notions upon which you might be judged? Whatever the underlying reason, I?ve always found this to be true. I?m pretty...

    Two men meet on a train ride to Texas, worlds collide, and their lives are changed forever. Charles Bruno is a spoiled rich kid grown up now into a wealthy young man wanting more. The only path he can see to "more" is for his father to die. Bruno has never had a job and feels...

    A genius idea drowned in a soup of too many uninteresting characters. Most of the book could have been edited down to one taut, terrific short story. ...

    3.5 stars. ...

    What an astounding first novel! This book is sixty-five years old but remains to this day a considerably shocking edge of the seat read. And I don?t mean that it contains graphic violence or gripping action sequences - not at all. This book is a psychological novel that gets deep und...

    Now, you see, if you ask me to write a review on this book, I'm going to write it in relative to Hitchcock's infamous Strangers On A Train. (Brain: No one's askin' you, Pri! Me: ... Me: Shut up, Brain!) Leave it to Hitchcock to find such little gems, especially in their obscurity...

    2 bored stars. Buddy read with Kelly (and the Book Boar). This is the source material for the classic 1952 thriller of the same name in which director Alfred Hitchcock and script-writer Raymond Chandler greatly improved upon Patricia Highsmith?s first novel. I?m not sure what...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? After watching The Talented Mr. Ripley, I desperately wanted to read more from Patricia Highsmith. If all her novels were as psychological twisted as that movie, I was sure I had found my new favorite thriller-author. S...

    It is one of those books where the writer brings the reader inside of the characters? minds very quickly. The picture there is not a pleasant one. The two strangers who accidentally meet on a train one night, Charles Bruno and Guy Haines (I believe the plot is well- known, if not fro...

    This was another fun airport read because it is all about the perils of oversharing with strangers on public transportation. This is like literary B.O. for travelers, I'm sure. If only I had a Team Bruno shirt to don (and sully with literary b.o. pit stains!) in the air. This book e...

    I've liked other Highsmith books more than I liked this one, but I still thought this book was good, although some parts of it definitely could have been shortened. I listened to the audiobook and that may be why my chief impression of Bruno is that he was a whiny, self-pitying drunk. ...

    I was mesmerized by this creepy, suspenseful story of a sociopath (Bruno) and how he gets a fellow train passenger (Guy) to swap murders with him, i.e., each will kill a person the other would like out of his life, so there will be no apparent motive for the murders. After reading t...

    I loved this sinister tale! ...

    This is one of those books that lingers. You finish it and you realize that what might have seemed like a simple whodunnit on the surface really had quite a bit more to say than you anticipated. Don't get me wrong Patricia Highsmith turned out quite the classic thriller with this book,...

  • Eve
    Jun 06, 2016

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

  • Catie
    Jul 09, 2011

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

    Why is it so much easier to unburden yourself to a stranger? Is it that awareness of anonymity? Is it the knowledge that this person has no history, no preconceived notions upon which you might be judged? Whatever the underlying reason, I?ve always found this to be true. I?m pretty...

  • Barbara
    May 23, 2014

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

  • Steve
    Aug 11, 2016

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

    Why is it so much easier to unburden yourself to a stranger? Is it that awareness of anonymity? Is it the knowledge that this person has no history, no preconceived notions upon which you might be judged? Whatever the underlying reason, I?ve always found this to be true. I?m pretty...

    Two men meet on a train ride to Texas, worlds collide, and their lives are changed forever. Charles Bruno is a spoiled rich kid grown up now into a wealthy young man wanting more. The only path he can see to "more" is for his father to die. Bruno has never had a job and feels...

    A genius idea drowned in a soup of too many uninteresting characters. Most of the book could have been edited down to one taut, terrific short story. ...

    3.5 stars. ...

    What an astounding first novel! This book is sixty-five years old but remains to this day a considerably shocking edge of the seat read. And I don?t mean that it contains graphic violence or gripping action sequences - not at all. This book is a psychological novel that gets deep und...

    Now, you see, if you ask me to write a review on this book, I'm going to write it in relative to Hitchcock's infamous Strangers On A Train. (Brain: No one's askin' you, Pri! Me: ... Me: Shut up, Brain!) Leave it to Hitchcock to find such little gems, especially in their obscurity...

    2 bored stars. Buddy read with Kelly (and the Book Boar). This is the source material for the classic 1952 thriller of the same name in which director Alfred Hitchcock and script-writer Raymond Chandler greatly improved upon Patricia Highsmith?s first novel. I?m not sure what...

  • Maria (Big City Bookworm)
    Mar 07, 2015

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

  • Caroline
    Jun 27, 2015

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

  • Sheila Beaumont
    Oct 29, 2013

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

    Why is it so much easier to unburden yourself to a stranger? Is it that awareness of anonymity? Is it the knowledge that this person has no history, no preconceived notions upon which you might be judged? Whatever the underlying reason, I?ve always found this to be true. I?m pretty...

    Two men meet on a train ride to Texas, worlds collide, and their lives are changed forever. Charles Bruno is a spoiled rich kid grown up now into a wealthy young man wanting more. The only path he can see to "more" is for his father to die. Bruno has never had a job and feels...

    A genius idea drowned in a soup of too many uninteresting characters. Most of the book could have been edited down to one taut, terrific short story. ...

    3.5 stars. ...

    What an astounding first novel! This book is sixty-five years old but remains to this day a considerably shocking edge of the seat read. And I don?t mean that it contains graphic violence or gripping action sequences - not at all. This book is a psychological novel that gets deep und...

    Now, you see, if you ask me to write a review on this book, I'm going to write it in relative to Hitchcock's infamous Strangers On A Train. (Brain: No one's askin' you, Pri! Me: ... Me: Shut up, Brain!) Leave it to Hitchcock to find such little gems, especially in their obscurity...

    2 bored stars. Buddy read with Kelly (and the Book Boar). This is the source material for the classic 1952 thriller of the same name in which director Alfred Hitchcock and script-writer Raymond Chandler greatly improved upon Patricia Highsmith?s first novel. I?m not sure what...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? After watching The Talented Mr. Ripley, I desperately wanted to read more from Patricia Highsmith. If all her novels were as psychological twisted as that movie, I was sure I had found my new favorite thriller-author. S...

    It is one of those books where the writer brings the reader inside of the characters? minds very quickly. The picture there is not a pleasant one. The two strangers who accidentally meet on a train one night, Charles Bruno and Guy Haines (I believe the plot is well- known, if not fro...

    This was another fun airport read because it is all about the perils of oversharing with strangers on public transportation. This is like literary B.O. for travelers, I'm sure. If only I had a Team Bruno shirt to don (and sully with literary b.o. pit stains!) in the air. This book e...

    I've liked other Highsmith books more than I liked this one, but I still thought this book was good, although some parts of it definitely could have been shortened. I listened to the audiobook and that may be why my chief impression of Bruno is that he was a whiny, self-pitying drunk. ...

    I was mesmerized by this creepy, suspenseful story of a sociopath (Bruno) and how he gets a fellow train passenger (Guy) to swap murders with him, i.e., each will kill a person the other would like out of his life, so there will be no apparent motive for the murders. After reading t...

  • Lesley
    Dec 10, 2015

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

    Why is it so much easier to unburden yourself to a stranger? Is it that awareness of anonymity? Is it the knowledge that this person has no history, no preconceived notions upon which you might be judged? Whatever the underlying reason, I?ve always found this to be true. I?m pretty...

    Two men meet on a train ride to Texas, worlds collide, and their lives are changed forever. Charles Bruno is a spoiled rich kid grown up now into a wealthy young man wanting more. The only path he can see to "more" is for his father to die. Bruno has never had a job and feels...

    A genius idea drowned in a soup of too many uninteresting characters. Most of the book could have been edited down to one taut, terrific short story. ...

    3.5 stars. ...

    What an astounding first novel! This book is sixty-five years old but remains to this day a considerably shocking edge of the seat read. And I don?t mean that it contains graphic violence or gripping action sequences - not at all. This book is a psychological novel that gets deep und...

    Now, you see, if you ask me to write a review on this book, I'm going to write it in relative to Hitchcock's infamous Strangers On A Train. (Brain: No one's askin' you, Pri! Me: ... Me: Shut up, Brain!) Leave it to Hitchcock to find such little gems, especially in their obscurity...

    2 bored stars. Buddy read with Kelly (and the Book Boar). This is the source material for the classic 1952 thriller of the same name in which director Alfred Hitchcock and script-writer Raymond Chandler greatly improved upon Patricia Highsmith?s first novel. I?m not sure what...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? After watching The Talented Mr. Ripley, I desperately wanted to read more from Patricia Highsmith. If all her novels were as psychological twisted as that movie, I was sure I had found my new favorite thriller-author. S...

    It is one of those books where the writer brings the reader inside of the characters? minds very quickly. The picture there is not a pleasant one. The two strangers who accidentally meet on a train one night, Charles Bruno and Guy Haines (I believe the plot is well- known, if not fro...

    This was another fun airport read because it is all about the perils of oversharing with strangers on public transportation. This is like literary B.O. for travelers, I'm sure. If only I had a Team Bruno shirt to don (and sully with literary b.o. pit stains!) in the air. This book e...

    I've liked other Highsmith books more than I liked this one, but I still thought this book was good, although some parts of it definitely could have been shortened. I listened to the audiobook and that may be why my chief impression of Bruno is that he was a whiny, self-pitying drunk. ...

    I was mesmerized by this creepy, suspenseful story of a sociopath (Bruno) and how he gets a fellow train passenger (Guy) to swap murders with him, i.e., each will kill a person the other would like out of his life, so there will be no apparent motive for the murders. After reading t...

    I loved this sinister tale! ...

  • Algernon
    Aug 09, 2015

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

  • Melki
    Aug 10, 2015

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

    Why is it so much easier to unburden yourself to a stranger? Is it that awareness of anonymity? Is it the knowledge that this person has no history, no preconceived notions upon which you might be judged? Whatever the underlying reason, I?ve always found this to be true. I?m pretty...

    Two men meet on a train ride to Texas, worlds collide, and their lives are changed forever. Charles Bruno is a spoiled rich kid grown up now into a wealthy young man wanting more. The only path he can see to "more" is for his father to die. Bruno has never had a job and feels...

    A genius idea drowned in a soup of too many uninteresting characters. Most of the book could have been edited down to one taut, terrific short story. ...

  • Isidora
    Apr 20, 2015

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

    Why is it so much easier to unburden yourself to a stranger? Is it that awareness of anonymity? Is it the knowledge that this person has no history, no preconceived notions upon which you might be judged? Whatever the underlying reason, I?ve always found this to be true. I?m pretty...

    Two men meet on a train ride to Texas, worlds collide, and their lives are changed forever. Charles Bruno is a spoiled rich kid grown up now into a wealthy young man wanting more. The only path he can see to "more" is for his father to die. Bruno has never had a job and feels...

    A genius idea drowned in a soup of too many uninteresting characters. Most of the book could have been edited down to one taut, terrific short story. ...

    3.5 stars. ...

    What an astounding first novel! This book is sixty-five years old but remains to this day a considerably shocking edge of the seat read. And I don?t mean that it contains graphic violence or gripping action sequences - not at all. This book is a psychological novel that gets deep und...

    Now, you see, if you ask me to write a review on this book, I'm going to write it in relative to Hitchcock's infamous Strangers On A Train. (Brain: No one's askin' you, Pri! Me: ... Me: Shut up, Brain!) Leave it to Hitchcock to find such little gems, especially in their obscurity...

    2 bored stars. Buddy read with Kelly (and the Book Boar). This is the source material for the classic 1952 thriller of the same name in which director Alfred Hitchcock and script-writer Raymond Chandler greatly improved upon Patricia Highsmith?s first novel. I?m not sure what...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? After watching The Talented Mr. Ripley, I desperately wanted to read more from Patricia Highsmith. If all her novels were as psychological twisted as that movie, I was sure I had found my new favorite thriller-author. S...

    It is one of those books where the writer brings the reader inside of the characters? minds very quickly. The picture there is not a pleasant one. The two strangers who accidentally meet on a train one night, Charles Bruno and Guy Haines (I believe the plot is well- known, if not fro...

  • Arah-Lynda
    Oct 25, 2011

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

  • Delee
    Apr 13, 2012

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

  • Nandakishore Varma
    Mar 28, 2015

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

  • ❀Julie
    Nov 26, 2016

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

  • Margitte
    Mar 14, 2017

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

  • M.J. Johnson
    Mar 01, 2015

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

    Why is it so much easier to unburden yourself to a stranger? Is it that awareness of anonymity? Is it the knowledge that this person has no history, no preconceived notions upon which you might be judged? Whatever the underlying reason, I?ve always found this to be true. I?m pretty...

    Two men meet on a train ride to Texas, worlds collide, and their lives are changed forever. Charles Bruno is a spoiled rich kid grown up now into a wealthy young man wanting more. The only path he can see to "more" is for his father to die. Bruno has never had a job and feels...

    A genius idea drowned in a soup of too many uninteresting characters. Most of the book could have been edited down to one taut, terrific short story. ...

    3.5 stars. ...

    What an astounding first novel! This book is sixty-five years old but remains to this day a considerably shocking edge of the seat read. And I don?t mean that it contains graphic violence or gripping action sequences - not at all. This book is a psychological novel that gets deep und...

  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Aug 17, 2016

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

  • Faith
    Feb 03, 2016

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

    Why is it so much easier to unburden yourself to a stranger? Is it that awareness of anonymity? Is it the knowledge that this person has no history, no preconceived notions upon which you might be judged? Whatever the underlying reason, I?ve always found this to be true. I?m pretty...

    Two men meet on a train ride to Texas, worlds collide, and their lives are changed forever. Charles Bruno is a spoiled rich kid grown up now into a wealthy young man wanting more. The only path he can see to "more" is for his father to die. Bruno has never had a job and feels...

    A genius idea drowned in a soup of too many uninteresting characters. Most of the book could have been edited down to one taut, terrific short story. ...

    3.5 stars. ...

    What an astounding first novel! This book is sixty-five years old but remains to this day a considerably shocking edge of the seat read. And I don?t mean that it contains graphic violence or gripping action sequences - not at all. This book is a psychological novel that gets deep und...

    Now, you see, if you ask me to write a review on this book, I'm going to write it in relative to Hitchcock's infamous Strangers On A Train. (Brain: No one's askin' you, Pri! Me: ... Me: Shut up, Brain!) Leave it to Hitchcock to find such little gems, especially in their obscurity...

    2 bored stars. Buddy read with Kelly (and the Book Boar). This is the source material for the classic 1952 thriller of the same name in which director Alfred Hitchcock and script-writer Raymond Chandler greatly improved upon Patricia Highsmith?s first novel. I?m not sure what...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? After watching The Talented Mr. Ripley, I desperately wanted to read more from Patricia Highsmith. If all her novels were as psychological twisted as that movie, I was sure I had found my new favorite thriller-author. S...

    It is one of those books where the writer brings the reader inside of the characters? minds very quickly. The picture there is not a pleasant one. The two strangers who accidentally meet on a train one night, Charles Bruno and Guy Haines (I believe the plot is well- known, if not fro...

    This was another fun airport read because it is all about the perils of oversharing with strangers on public transportation. This is like literary B.O. for travelers, I'm sure. If only I had a Team Bruno shirt to don (and sully with literary b.o. pit stains!) in the air. This book e...

    I've liked other Highsmith books more than I liked this one, but I still thought this book was good, although some parts of it definitely could have been shortened. I listened to the audiobook and that may be why my chief impression of Bruno is that he was a whiny, self-pitying drunk. ...

  • Puck
    Apr 10, 2018

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

    Why is it so much easier to unburden yourself to a stranger? Is it that awareness of anonymity? Is it the knowledge that this person has no history, no preconceived notions upon which you might be judged? Whatever the underlying reason, I?ve always found this to be true. I?m pretty...

    Two men meet on a train ride to Texas, worlds collide, and their lives are changed forever. Charles Bruno is a spoiled rich kid grown up now into a wealthy young man wanting more. The only path he can see to "more" is for his father to die. Bruno has never had a job and feels...

    A genius idea drowned in a soup of too many uninteresting characters. Most of the book could have been edited down to one taut, terrific short story. ...

    3.5 stars. ...

    What an astounding first novel! This book is sixty-five years old but remains to this day a considerably shocking edge of the seat read. And I don?t mean that it contains graphic violence or gripping action sequences - not at all. This book is a psychological novel that gets deep und...

    Now, you see, if you ask me to write a review on this book, I'm going to write it in relative to Hitchcock's infamous Strangers On A Train. (Brain: No one's askin' you, Pri! Me: ... Me: Shut up, Brain!) Leave it to Hitchcock to find such little gems, especially in their obscurity...

    2 bored stars. Buddy read with Kelly (and the Book Boar). This is the source material for the classic 1952 thriller of the same name in which director Alfred Hitchcock and script-writer Raymond Chandler greatly improved upon Patricia Highsmith?s first novel. I?m not sure what...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? After watching The Talented Mr. Ripley, I desperately wanted to read more from Patricia Highsmith. If all her novels were as psychological twisted as that movie, I was sure I had found my new favorite thriller-author. S...

  • The_Paperback_Peruser
    Aug 22, 2015

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

    Why is it so much easier to unburden yourself to a stranger? Is it that awareness of anonymity? Is it the knowledge that this person has no history, no preconceived notions upon which you might be judged? Whatever the underlying reason, I?ve always found this to be true. I?m pretty...

    Two men meet on a train ride to Texas, worlds collide, and their lives are changed forever. Charles Bruno is a spoiled rich kid grown up now into a wealthy young man wanting more. The only path he can see to "more" is for his father to die. Bruno has never had a job and feels...

    A genius idea drowned in a soup of too many uninteresting characters. Most of the book could have been edited down to one taut, terrific short story. ...

    3.5 stars. ...

    What an astounding first novel! This book is sixty-five years old but remains to this day a considerably shocking edge of the seat read. And I don?t mean that it contains graphic violence or gripping action sequences - not at all. This book is a psychological novel that gets deep und...

    Now, you see, if you ask me to write a review on this book, I'm going to write it in relative to Hitchcock's infamous Strangers On A Train. (Brain: No one's askin' you, Pri! Me: ... Me: Shut up, Brain!) Leave it to Hitchcock to find such little gems, especially in their obscurity...

  • Darwin8u
    Apr 01, 2014

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

  • Robin
    Mar 03, 2018

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

  • Tara
    Dec 07, 2017

    When I was in my 20s- living in Toronto and traveling on the train to visit my parents 4 hours away- I always thought there was nothing worse than trying to read my book while having some annoying fellow passenger try to start a conversation...but then I watched Alfred Hitchcock's STRA...

    When Guy Haines and Charles Anthony Bruno meet on a train, they discover they have one thing in common: each of them has someone they would be better off without. When Haines' estranged wife winds up strangled, he finds himself caught in Bruno's psychotic, alcoholic web... Yeah, tha...

    Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/ In order to prove that NO, I DON?T ONLY READ PORNOS THANK YOU VERY LITTLE I begged Steve to pull me out of my downward spiral and buddy read this one with me. When my husband asked his nightly question ?what are you r...

    ?My mistake was telling a stranger my private business.? ? Guy Haines This is my first Highsmith book, which is a shame because I have seen most movie adaptations of her novels. Throw Mama from the Train is one of my all-time favorite movies, and now I?ve finally read the...

    Everything has its opposite close beside it. Why don't people write thrillers like Patricia Highsmith anymore? This, her first novel, boasts an iconic plot, gruelling tension, characters with psychological complexities, and plenty of intellect to balance out murderous actions. P...

    Architect Guy Haines is on a train to Texas to see his estranged wife Miriam to discuss their divorce. Before long Charles Bruno, a rich n'er do well, sits down opposite him. Haines talks about his problems with Miriam and Bruno talks about his hatred for his father. Before long Brun...

    [7/10] Any kind of person can murder. Purely circumstances and not a thing to do with temperament! People get so far - and it gets just the least little thing to push them over the brink. Anybody. Even your grandmother. I know! A disturbing proposition that I happen to strongly...

    3.5 stars. After reading The Talented Mr. Ripley, I confess I really did want to like this book more. But, given this was her debut novel it's pretty darn good and does make one think: Could a manipulative psychopath really drive one to this kind of evil by the arousal of fear?? A seem...

    Possibly I have been reading too many Cornell Woolrich and Jim Thompson gutter noir novels, tightly constructed, no waste, down and dirty, but I thought this was both elegant and about 1/3 longer than it needed to be. Patricia Highsmith imo gets high marks for this book that Hitchcock ...

    ?People, feelings, everything! Double! Two people in each person. There's also a person exactly the opposite of you, like the unseen part of you, somewhere in the world, and he waits in ambush.? ? Patricia Highsmith, Strangers on a Train I put off watching the great Hitc...

    Since I haven't seen this movie, I wasn't aware that this book was the inspiration for Alfred Hitchcock's classic 1951 film with the same title until after I finished reading this book. Published in 1950, this book is remarkable in the sense that it has a modern, contemporary tone. ...

    ***ALL SPOILERS HIDDEN*** Nightmare on a train. The premise is simple enough. Two men meet on a train, and a weird discussion about swapping murders ensues. Patricia Highsmith?s intriguing but imperfect tale is definitely a chilling portrait of obsessive psychopathy. It also asks ...

    "And Bruno, he and Bruno. Each was what the other had not chosen to be, the cast-off self, what he thought he hated, but perhaps in reality loved." Strangers on a Train is another case where most people have seen the movie but haven't read the book or didn't know there was a novel b...

    I went into this already familiar with Hitchcock?s film version of the same story. The opening premise of the film and HighSmith?s novel are the same. Two strangers meet on the train and discuss among other things, people in their lives: a Wife, a Father, who they would be better o...

    Warning: Mild spoilers ahead. As I have said earlier, it is a dicey affair to one-star a classic on GR. Some people may see it as blasphemy: and maybe, one can expect a lynch mob. But what to do? I did not like this book: could not bring myself to finish it even; so one-star is the ...

    3.5 stars Strangers on a Train is one of those novels that I constantly kept hearing about. I knew it was an older novel and that it is considered a classic thriller, but that was about the extent of my knowledge. It?s no secret that I love a good psychological thriller, but I...

    Why is it so much easier to unburden yourself to a stranger? Is it that awareness of anonymity? Is it the knowledge that this person has no history, no preconceived notions upon which you might be judged? Whatever the underlying reason, I?ve always found this to be true. I?m pretty...

    Two men meet on a train ride to Texas, worlds collide, and their lives are changed forever. Charles Bruno is a spoiled rich kid grown up now into a wealthy young man wanting more. The only path he can see to "more" is for his father to die. Bruno has never had a job and feels...

    A genius idea drowned in a soup of too many uninteresting characters. Most of the book could have been edited down to one taut, terrific short story. ...

    3.5 stars. ...