Review: Crimson Peak novelization by Nancy Holder

When her heart is stolen by a seductive stranger, a young woman is swept away to a house atop a mountain of blood-red clay: a place filled with secrets that will haunt her forever. 

Crimson Peak novelization is no literary masterpiece and after watching Guillermo del Torro’s mesmerizing film, it reads like a fan fiction of sorts. Nancy Holder’s excellent writing reveals the character’s thoughts and some of the background details excluded from the cinematic production. However, it is what it is – a book based on a movie script – forever prisoner to the constant book-to-screen feelings vs. visuals dilemma.

While I do not – ever – read novelizations, this purchase can truly be blamed on del Torro’s directorial talent, Tom Hiddleston’s charm and Jessica Chastain’s insanely-good acting.  The film left me in a state of raw cinematic hangover that wouldn’t leave me for several days and the darkly romantic novelization was another chance to linger in the haunted Crimson Peak. Entertaining as it was, it is book that would indulge a true fan’s cravings, but not a book that I would re-read. Bring-on the DVD!

Overall: 4*