Remake. The novel by Brian DePalma and Susan Lehman titled, Are Snakes Necessary?, offers readers a homage to Alfred Hitchcock’s classic film, Vertigo, in print form, without being any form of remake. In this novel, a sleezy politician abuses a staffer and she exerts her just revenge. Sometimes novels with a cast of unappealing characters can be a real kick to read. This time, I found it all sad, empty and shallow. Some readers who like crime fiction will enjoy this novel, but I found the writing to be weak. Perhaps I would have enjoyed it more if it had been a movie.
Rating: Three-star (It’s ok)
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