Although, March's novel is dated, this story does raise the question can people be born killers. On the outside Rhoda Penmark seems like the perfect little girl, sugar and spice and everything nice. However under her perfect exterior Rhoda is a cunning deceiving child who is willing to kill for what she wants.
At the beginning of the novel Rhoda's mother thinks her little girl is the perfect child. However as the story progresses her mother discovers that if Rhoda does not get what she wants she kills. Even more disturbing, her mother's genetics may be responsible for Rhoda's lack of morality. The reader gets a great view into Christina's mind as she decides what is to be done about her daughter... Overall a quick and spooky read that is worth your time.
This book had a profound affect on me and especially my mother. My mother still swears that there's a possibility of getting "something more" when you adopt a child. I guess that goes for sperm donor children, too. You'll never truly know the genetic background or medical history of these kids. If you haven't seen it already, the film is the creepiest thing around. There's a difference between gratuitous violence and psychological horror and this book/film ranks up there with "Psycho." Poor Nancy McCormick had to live with the stigma of being "the bad seed" but she played it so well.
This was a very good book. Although written in the '50s it still holds up today. It has a suprising ending that makes you say, "Oh my!" It does not end the same as the movie if you have seen that.
You've heard of the movie - now read the book!
I absolutely loved this novel. It is amazing! I love all the psychology involved...
I never saw the movie but I enjoyed this book. Definitely reminded me of the old days when terror and suspense wasnt created through gore but psychological buildup.
I have always enjoyed this story and really enjoyed the movie. Very good book!
The book was made into a movie as well.
It's fascinating to me that, although this book was written decades ago, the observations and perceptions appear to be very current. The description of the pathologies seem eerily accurate even from the standpoint of today's knowledge.