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by Victor Canning

Download Rainbird Pattern epub
ISBN: 086009202X
ISBN13: 978-0860092025
Category: Mystery
Author: Victor Canning
Language: English
Publisher: Magna Large Print Books; Large Print Ed edition (November 1979)
Pages: 480 pages
ePUB size: 1281 kb
FB2 size: 1846 kb
Rating: 4.5
Votes: 595
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I'm a huge Hitchcock fan. Recently I've been reading novels that led to some of his movies. I already knew that he frequently took only a tiny bit of an idea from a book and developed his own movie, which could therefore be much different from the book, so I wasn't surprised to see how drastically "Family Plot" and The Rainbird Pattern differ from each other. What did surprise me is what an awful, horrible, and depressing book Rainbird Pattern was. I don't remember ever reading such an absolutely depressing novel listed as a "thriller." I won't give anything away, but I will say that if you love Hitch's "Family Plot" with its wry and black humor and entertaining characters and satisfying ending, do not read The Rainbird Pattern (unless you're a masochist).
Absolutely loved this book and was blindsided several times by the storyline! If you're a fan of Hitchcock's "Family Plot", do not read this expecting the same story. The only similarities are the names of the main characters and Blanche is a physic of sorts.

Good read, glad I purchased it. Very "English" in its writing and don't be put off by the fact it's not Hitchcock.
The only problem with The Rainbird Pattern is all the filler, all the time that's taken up with psychic Blanche's boyfriend George's aspirations. Instead of a "top notch thriller" the reader has to keep sifting away all the extraneous material and, in a sense, come up with what this story is all about. It's almost as if you have to devise a separate running account or thumb through the pages in order to keep track of a "Rainbird Pattern."
I read this book after seeing Alfred Hitchcock's film version of it. After seeing the movie, I was quite inspired to read the book. Wow, was I ever wrong. The book had no suspense at all persay the predictable encounters between Eddie Shoebridge and Madam Blanche. The addition of the FBI men and the detective work that they do is a wonderful addition to this slightly dull book. The ending is the only reason that I gave this book two stars instead of one. All I can say is that if you do read Victor Canning (I don't) then go ahead and read this book.
Hitchcock retained just the bare bones of the story for his movie. And what a story it is! It takes off in completely different directions. The twists and turns are delicious and the final paragraphs complete the pattern beautifully. Expert storytelling,without one extraneous word. Delightful.