This post is a book review on The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain.
Book Description from Amazon.com
Frank Chambers, a drifter, is dropped from the back of a truck at a rundown rural diner. When he spots Cora, the owner’s wife, he instantly decides to stay. The sexy young woman, married to Nick, a violent and thuggish boor, is equally attracted to the younger man and sees him as her way out of her hopeless, boring life. They begin a clandestine affair and plot to kill Nick, beginning their own journey toward destruction.
My Review of The Postman:
I thought this would be a murder mystery. There was a murder alright, but there was no mystery on who did it or why.
However, this is still one of the better books I read this year. It reminded me a lot of Crime and Punishment. It dealt with the aftermath of the murder and how it tainted the main character’s relationship with his lover. For a moment, I thought there would be a new beginning (and I would be slightly disappointed if that was the case). It had a surprising ending, but like a good mystery book, the murder gets it just deserts.
This is a quick read. By today’s standards, the book would be considered a novella. I would recommend The Postman Always Rings Twice to other readers. I would rate this 4.5 / 5 stars.
At no point was there a postman in the story. Maybe it had to do with opportunity knocking twice or murdering twice. If you read the book, what do you think?
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