The Cry of the Owl

The Cry of the Owl

by Patricia Highsmith


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In a small Pennsylvania town, Robert Forrester is recuperating from a nasty divorce and a bout of psychological trouble. One evening, while driving home, he sees a pretty young woman framed by her bright kitchen window. Soon, he can’t keep himself away. But when Robert is inevitably discovered, obsession is turned on its head, and he finds himself unable to shake the young woman, nor entirely sure whether he should. Recently made into a major motion picture starring Julia Stiles and Paddy Considine, The Cry of the Owl is essential Highsmith, a modern classic ready to be reborn.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780802145154
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
Publication date: 07/12/2011
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 1,205,957
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Patricia Highsmith (1921-1995) was an American author known for her novels of psychological suspense. She wrote over two dozen books and short story collections, including her five Tom Ripley novels. Her first book Strangers on a Train was nominated for an Edgar Award and was later adapted into a film by Alfred Hitchcock. Many of her works have been adapted for the screen, including The Talented Mr. Ripley and most recently The Price of Salt which was renamed Carol.

Date of Birth:

January 19, 1921

Date of Death:

February 4, 1995

Place of Birth:

Fort Worth, Texas

Place of Death:

Locarno, Switzerland


B.A., Barnard College, 1942

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The Cry of the Owl 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
9441NorthDakota More than 1 year ago
This is a captivating psychological thriller.Very interesting plot.What you would expect from a writer like Patricia Highsmith .The ending is left to the reader`s imagination though.Try it!.I`m not going to spoil the fun!...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very well written, exciting!
ronnies4 More than 1 year ago
I have no idea why this book was written. Boring, pointless, and I got to page 88, and couldn't go any further. Don't bother.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Slow and pointless
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sunnieLM More than 1 year ago
This book starts out with twists and turns that you never expect and continues to the end. It kept me reading into the night. I highly recommend "The Cry of the Owl". It won't disappoint.
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SlowJenFizz More than 1 year ago
Highsmith in her element - pulling you. Into the psychopathy of her protagonist in a way to compelling to put down until the last page.
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Very strange from start to finish. Usually i would not finish a book like this but it was such a weird story that I did. Even the ending was strange. The main character,Robert, was such a wimp and pathetic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An excellent read!
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