A review by amy_reads_23
American Psycho, by Bret Easton Ellis


This is such a difficult book to review because you are left dumbfounded as to what just happened. It is hauntingly horrific. The hard core porn followed by maiming and brutally murdering the women leaves you feeling queezy. (ie. The rat scene) A writer that can evoke a physical reaction in the reader is doing his job well. The chapters of manic normalcy in between the chapters of psychotic breakdowns toy with the reader. I enjoy how it is eluded to that in a sea of well dressed, wealthy, errogant, misogynistic New Yorkers, the devil himself can hide in plane sight. It is debatable whether these murders and acts of violence actually occur because of how openly they are commited with no retribution. It seems as if it is possible that the entire book is a fantasized psychological breakdown. I only gave it 4 stars because of the ending while fitting also fell flat, an afterward would have helped.