4.5 IF THE ENDING WAS BETTER,FIVE STARS HONESTBAZ | 10/08/2011 | See all HONESTBAZ's reviews (299) Now i get it. After all these years of hearing people say it's a really good book but the end is ridiculous,i thought it's about flippin' time i read it.I am glad i read it because for the most part it's a really thrilling read,you find yourself wondering what will happen next. I admit that now and again i got a little bored with some chapters,but a lot of the chapters are short,so i found that easy to forgive.It truely is a compelling,brilliantly written book that i was enjoying and couldn't wait to get back to ...and then the last few chapters! WHAT?! WHAT THE HELL?! DO WHAT?I don't get it. Why after hundreds of pages of brilliantly written,thrilling story did the author do that with the characters?I don't want to spoil the end so i won't say exactly what happens,but it's no wonder JODIE FOSTER wanted nothing to do with the film,fearing it would go the same way as the book. It's just ridiculous,it's as if THOMAS HARRIS got bored come the end and decided to just put any ol' thing down.This was better than SILENCE OF THE LAMBS in my opinion,but that end is just stupid and somewhat insulting to the reader,expecting them to just accept that is how the story goes. I mean,knowing the characters,why would it?Granted,it's his book,he can do what he wants with it,but...sigh,i don't get it.Anyone tempted to read this,i would advise do,but just prepare yourself for a bonkers ending. Heck,you might like it.If it wasn't for this ending,i would say it is easily a five star book. Such a pity.