It's WAY better than the movie.
"Every novel Ira Levin has ever written has been a marvel of plotting. He is the Swiss watchmaker of the suspense novel." - Stephen King
Written in 1972. Not as compelling nor scary as Rosemary's Baby. I think in today's pop culture, just the thought of a Stepford Wife is scary enough.
Good, eerie, but the ending was somewhat abrupt and really left you hanging. But I guess that is part of good horror/sci-fi book.
The movie was better. The book just leaves you hanging at the end.
This is a very quick read, good for an \"inbetween.\" I enjoyed it but was a little let down after seeing the previews for the movie.
A gloriously dark and witty satire, "The Stepford Wives" has entered our vocabulary lexicon and is a riot to read. Telling the story of a charmingly bohemian woman and her family moving to the surreal, backwards town of Stepford, Connecticut, the novel presents a fun and engaging mystery as the woman, Joanna Eberhart, slowly discovers that the seemingly perfect town, where all women live to serve their men, houses, and children, is harboring a dark and dangerous secret. This is a light, quick read with serious implications all set against a delirious, suspenseful, and often-times quite funny, backdrop.
A compulsive read and one of the best books I have read in months. A distopia that makes fun of men who get off on the idea of having perfect looking robots for wives instead of women with personalities. Says a lot about our society, even three decades later.
Levin's prose is incredibly sparse, and the story reads quickly to the final, chilling, conclusion.
For a small story, it packs a lot of punch. It will keep you on the edge of your seat. If you think you are going to be reading the same story as told in the movie, you are in for a big surprise!
Pretty good book, I read it after I saw the movie, and it is SO different. I enjoyed it very much, and hope y'all will too.
The book seems so simple, yet when you step back after having read it, you realize it's about much more. Creepy, compelling,very readable.
In a suburb of NYC, a small town of Stepford has a secert. Everyone is TOO nice, TOO perfect, and TOO alike to be normal. When Joanna and her husband move into the neighborhood, they are dazzled with the charming, welcoming iddylic charm. That is, until Joanna unearths a sinister plot that will shake her world to the core. If you've seen the movie, starring Nicole Kidman, read the book to see how the two compare...you might be suprised! An overall good read!
This reminded me of the stuff we read in 5th grade but it was fast and easy. Nothing wrong with that type of book. I didn't really like the end, it was predictable.
I saw both movies before reading this book. I particularly enjoyed the 1970's version of the movie. I did not like the book nearly as well. The writing style was lifeless. It read like a grocery list.
I really enjoyed this book. It has a way of unraveling that is pretty unique. The author brushes over mundane day to day details to keep you interested in what is truly interesting. The main character Joanna is relatable (at least to me) and quickly you are pushing for her and the truth to come out about the mysteries of Stepford.
So scary, in a cheesy way. The new movie doesn't do the story justice as it camped up the creepiness to make it hokey and silly. The book is suspenseful, and really shows how the phrase "Stepford Wife" is applicable to "that" type of suburban housewife who is "perfectly perky". A great ending with a twist!
Original book of Stepford wives....what evil does this quiet little town possess....do you dare move into the suburbs....
Creepy and thought-provoking. I read it in one sitting.
When Joanna Eberhart and her husband Walter moved to the quiet suburb of Stepford, she thought they had left behind the dangers of crime-ridden city. Joanna felt safe now. Stepford seemed such a pleasant town.
Then, little by little, dark suspicions began to blacken the bright picture. Stepford wasn't just another quiet little town. Not at all. There was an evil secret hidden in Stepford...a secret Joanna was almost afraid to guess.
For Joanna, her husband, Walter, and their children, the move to beautiful Stepford seems almost too good to be true. It is. For behind the town's idyllic facade lies a terrible secret -- a secret so shattering that no one who encounters it will ever be the same.
At once a masterpiece of psychological suspense and a savage commentary on a media-driven society that values the pursuit of youth and beauty at all costs, The Stepford Wives is a novel so frightening in its final implications that the title itself has earned a place in the American lexicon.