Since his debut in 1955, Tom Ripley has evolved into the ultimate bad boy sociopath, influencing countless novelists and filmmakers. In this first novel, we are introduced to suave, handsome Tom Ripley: a young striver, newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan in the 1950s. A product of a broken home, branded a “sissy” by his dismissive Aunt Dottie, Ripley becomes enamored of the moneyed world of his new friend, Dickie Greenleaf. This fondness turns obsessive when Ripley is sent to Italy to bring back his libertine pal but grows enraged by Dickie’s ambivalent feelings for Marge, a charming American dilettante. A dark reworking of Henry James’s The Ambassadors, The Talented Mr. Ripley-is up to his tricks in a 90s film and also Rene Clement’s 60s film, “Purple Noon.”
This was hands-down the best book I’ve ever read for an English class in college. This book kept me on the edge of my seat the entire time. I just wanted to know what was going to happen, especially because I was in the mind of a serial-killer who was the protagonist of this tale. I know that it has also been made into a movie, but I still haven’t seen it.
Every time Tom made a decision in this story, I was completely surprised. I really thought that he was going to end up being an okay guy, yet he does some seriously messed-up stuff! It really made me realize that not everyone could have the best intentions. Yet, at the end of it all, I felt for Tom. I felt bad for him, even though he doesn’t seem like the best person. That’s what is so messed up about this book!
I also just found out this book was a series, which I didn’t know until I looked it up on Goodreads. I’ll definitely have to check out the rest of the series at some point, because it really did end on a cliff hanger.