Psycho (Psycho #1) by Robert Bloch
Thoughts Before Reading:
So I am a huge fan of Alfred Hitchcock and one of my favorite films is Psycho (1960).
I could go on and on about it, but my sister blog, janeaustenrunsmylife.wordpress.com, already reviewed it.
So as I had become obsessed with Psycho, when I spotted the book Psycho II at a book sale I bought it.
I had never read Psycho, but if the movie was that fantastic, then I thought the book must be and the sequel.
I did not like the sequel. It was no a good book at all. And ten years later I decided it was time to try and actually read the first novel that the film is based on. Now this won’t be a comparison, as that is a job for my sister blog fromprinttoscreen.wordpress.com.
So here we are with Psycho.
So the book starts off with Norman Bates, a 40-year old man who lives with his mother. Their property is massive ans inckudes a huge farnhouse fr the two of them, and then a motel lower down the hill.
Norman has an unahappy life with his mother, being the one to take care of her, while she is sick, abusive, and not fun to be around. The only bright spot for Norman is his books, through them he is able to escape his everyday existence.
So Nornan is having a regular day, when he hears a sound that means someonw is there to check in.
We then switch to Mary Crane. Mary Crane has bot lived the life she wished for. She was planning to go to college but canceled that when her father died in a car acident and she decided to help at home. Her boyfriend left her when he was sent by the army to Hawaii, where he met another girl. Then her mom became sick and Mary paid for Lila, her sister, education. She works at Lowery’s real estate office as a secretery but that is not what she wants. She wants to be married with children.
After her mother’s death and the sale of the house, they had some extra money and Lilia convinced Mary to go on a cruise. There she met SamLoomis, a divorced hardware store owner who inherited his ather’s debts with the buisness. They fell in love, but Sam doesn’t want to be arried now. e wants to wait a few years until the fiances are better. Mary doesn’t, but decides to wait.
When a biyer walked in and bought his daughter her dream house for $40000 in cash; Mary just snapped and stole it instead of depositing it like she was supposed to.
She travels to Sam, but decides to stop for the night instead of coming right over. Her stop? The Bates Motel.
Norman seems sweet and tells Mary that he will make them a snack. They do and talk about their issues.
Now here is what I thought was slightly weird. Norman in the film was adorable, kind-hearted looking, and like a cute little boy. I could see talking to him as he seemed safe, and in need of a friend. In this he is a bit creepy. 40-year old man with his mom, I don’t think so.
Mary decides that her plan is a horriblw one and is planning to return to Fort Worth, TX. Before she leaves, she decodes to take a shower, to wash off her sins.
While in the shower she is attacked and killed.
Norman has been drinking, depressed at their conversation as he knows that Mary is right. His life is hard and unpleasant and he should do something about it. He also has a thing for Marion and wants to be with her.
Norman discovers Mary’s dead body and figures that his mother is the one behind the attack. He then cleans up the mess, tossing everything in Mary’s car; and all that into the swamp.
Sam is writing a letter to Mary, when Lila shows up on his doorstep! She comes to him looking for Mary, relating what haooened and how Mary is missing. She is followed by Lowery’s private investigator Arbogast.
Hearing this news about Mary, Sam starts having seconf thoughts about the marriage wondering how he fell for such a woman. And does she know her as well as ge thought he did?
Arbogast traces the steps of where Mary could have gone and discovers the forgotten drive that leads to the Bates Motel.
He questions Norman and asks to talk to his mother. He lets Sam and Lila know, asking them to wait for his next cakk.
Norman relunctantly agrees to Arboghast meeting thre mother,but when Norman’s mother meets Arboghast she slices Arnoghast;s throat. Another body for the swamp.
Norman knows more will be coming, abd against his nother’s wishes, he ides her in the fruit cellar.
Sam ad Lila have been waiting for Arbohghast but no call comes. Lilia becomes worroe and impoatient and the two gp to the Sheriff toask fpr his help. There thet find out tht orman’s mother id dead and buired. If she is dead then who is in the house?
The Sheriff complies and heads out to question Norman. When he returns he lets the two know that Arboghast isn’t there, the mother isn’t there, and Mary isn’t there. he believes that Arboghast took off for Chicagi and just forot to call.
Lilia doesn’t believe in that and tells Sam she is heading out to the motel.
Lila and Sam pretend to be a couple trveling, but NOrmsn knows something uis up; espechially with Lila looking so much like Mary.
The two split up and start investogatong. Mary heads ro the house while Sam decides to distract Normab. It wokls for a while but Mormn knocks Sam out and heads to the house after Lila.
Sam wakes yp hen the Sheriff finds him. He recieved a call about Arboghast that made him suspicious and he ame out here tplook for Sam and Lila. They both hear Lila screaming and head up to the house.