Shelf Control – American Psycho

Shelf Control is a weekly feature hosted by Lisa over at Bookshelf Fantasies. The goal is to take a look at books that you own but have not read yet. Like any book blogger, I have a lot of books that fall into this category. So many books, so little time!

Title: American Psycho
Author: David Lagercrantz
Published: September 339, Vintage Press
Length: 339 Pages

Image result for american psycho bookSynopsis (from Amazon): Brett Easton Ellis established a reputation as the enfant terrible of American fiction in the 1980s with his controversial novel Less than Zero, but with the publication of American Psycho he became established as one of the most notorious and reviled novelists currently writing. American Psycho deserves its controversy. The novel opens with a sign scrawled above a New York subway station: “Abandon hope all ye who enter”. So begins a hellish descent into the world of Patrick Bateman, the novel’s protagonist. Bateman is a handsome 26-year-old Wall Street yuppie, who spends his days listening to Whitney Houston and working out which exclusive restaurant to eat in and what clothes to wear in a dizzying parody of 1980s consumerism run mad.

However, Bateman also has a darker side; he is a psychopathic serial killer, with a penchant for torturing and sexually abusing young women before killing them in the most gruesome and explicit fashion. Bateman makes little attempt to justify his actions, merely claiming that “this is the way the world–my world–moves”. As a satire on the bankrupt, money-driven world of the 1980s, American Psycho is a successful, if rather heavy-handed piece of fiction, whose controversy seems only set to increase.’

How did I get it?: My Mum bought me it for my birthday last year.

Why do I want to read it?: I’m not going to lie.. I want to read this book because it sounds gross. I love murder/crime books. And I love getting inside the head of a killer. I find it fascinating!

I’ve managed to avoid watching the film version as I always try to read the book before I watch the film. But if the book is anything like the small clips I have seen of the film, it’s going to be gory.

That being said, I’m not sure if this book is going to live up to my expectations as it’s received a real mixed bag of reviews on Goodreads. So, if you’ve read it please let me know what your thoughts are!

If you would like to take part in Shelf Control, please head over to Bookshelf Fantasies.

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