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The Cry of the Owl
The Cry of the Owl
Author: Patricia Highsmith
This “extraordinary story” (Julian Symons) begins with an act of naive voy­eurism. Robert Forester, a depressed but fundamentally decent man, liked to watch Jenny through her kitchen window—a harmless palliative, as he saw it, to his lonely life and failed marriage. As he is drawn into her life, however, the recriminations ...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780871132901
ISBN-10: 0871132907
Publication Date: 1/18/1994
Pages: 272
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 9 ratings
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
Members Wishing: 1
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janete avatar reviewed The Cry of the Owl on + 22 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Death comes a-knockin in this story about Robert, an essentially good yet flawed man who leaves New York City and moves to a small town to rebuild his life after a disastrous marriage. Soon, he is accused of causing two deaths in this peaceful little town along Pennsylvanias Delaware River, and just as upsetting, he cant seem to cut off ties to his awful, harpy-like ex-wife. Weve entered a Highsmith nightmare where the falsely accused protagonist tries hard to clear his name to an indifferent or even hostile world, where even his friends begin to have their doubts. Wicked good read.4 stars.
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Helpful Score: 1
Highsmith, who also wrote the Ripley series has written another good one here. She seems to love that everyday, ordinary people can get caught up in events that escalate...

"...what's ultimately scary about it is that what happens to our hero, Robert Forester, is something that could very easy happen to anyone in the wrong place at the wrong time. Read it, it's brilliant." amazon
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