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Mary Crane believes she has found shelter from the storm when she checks into the Bates Motel, but the knife-wielding owner, Norman Bates, soon rips her piece of mind to shreds and the nightmare begins.
Publisher: Mattituck, N.Y. :, Rivercity Press,, 1976.
Copyright Date: ©1959.
ISBN: 9780884110774
Characteristics: 223 pages ; 23 cm.


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Nov 30, 2020

I was glad to be able tor read this classic, as a sort of where it all began with the movies and tv shows. This follows Norman Bates, a lonely psycho who runs a motel on his own. However, he never thinks that he’s alone, he’s always there with his mother watching his every move. Mary Crane checks into the motel on a stormy night after making a wrong turn (of course) after she ran away wanting to start a new life. That is until she has the epic shower scene in the motel. I think I liked the show “Bates Motel” more than this little book which was surprising because it’s usually the other way around for me. But some of the images that this book depicted... super creepy. Good Halloween book to read!

JCLMattC Apr 13, 2016

I was surprised to find that psycho was based on a novel. I think many people were. There's more inside the mind and life of Norman Bates in the book - it's kind of like a bonus for lovers of the movie. Those who did not enjoy Hitchcock's adaptation will find little to appreciate in these pages. Still remains one of my favorite endings to a book or a movie - chilled to perfection!

Dec 15, 2015

So I didn't know "Psycho" was based on a book, which was loosely based on actual serial killer Ed Gein. If you've seen the movie, this holds few surprises, but is of interest for Hitchcock fans. I'd give it three stabby, bloody knives out of five. Oh, and Norman Bates is fat in the book.

PrimaGigi Jul 19, 2015

Norman Bates loved his mother. The issue is that his dear mother has been his late mother for the past twenty years. Norman believes he's lived with his mother since she left the hospital, in their old house up on the hill near Bates Motel. One stormy night Mary Crane checks into Bates Motel, Norman spies on her as she's undressing, but mother knows and mother will do anything to protect Norman.

Psycho is all adaptations from the movie to the book. The book was originally adapted from the life of America's first known and caught serial killer Ed Geine. The movie by Alfred is an interpretation of that adaption. Everyone knows the movie before the book, the book is an afterthought. The book and its contents completely hijacked by Sir Alfred Hitchcock. It's a quick read (only 17 chapters) it's worth reading what got Hitchcock his magnum opus.

Apr 27, 2015

Excellent book loved the movies but love the book even more

Dec 30, 2012

This book is just as creepy as the old Hitchcock movie, a good quick read.


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