The Talented Mr. Ripley - Patricia Highsmith

The Talented Mr. Ripley

By Patricia Highsmith

  • Release Date: 2008-06-17
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4
From 115 Ratings


An American classic and the inspiration for the motion picture starring Matt Damon and Gwyneth Paltrow.

It’s here, in the first volume of Patricia Highsmith’s five-book Ripley series, that we are introduced to the suave Tom Ripley, a young striver seeking to leave behind his past as an orphan bullied for being a “sissy.” Newly arrived in the heady world of Manhattan, Ripley meets a wealthy industrialist who hires him to bring his playboy son, Dickie Greenleaf, back from gallivanting in Italy. Soon Ripley’s fascination with Dickie’s debonair lifestyle turns obsessive as he finds himself enraged by Dickie’s ambivalent affections for Marge, a charming American dilettante, and Ripley begins a deadly game. “Sinister and strangely alluring” (Mark Harris, Entertainment Weekly) The Talented Mr. Ripley serves as an unforgettable introduction to this smooth confidence man, whose talent for self-invention is as unnerving—and unnervingly revealing of the American psyche—as ever.


  • Terrific but .........

    By Sagi-Archer
    Terrific but this ebook shouldn't cost more than the kindle version
  • Compared to the movie

    By Patjohnson71
    Much different than the movie, which I saw first. I recommend reading this, especially if you are a fan of the movie. It paints a different picture, so to speak.
  • Insanely good!

    By BatNat
    Chilling, exciting, and moving, all at once. Ripley is horrible and winning in equal measure, and you can't help rooting for him, despite the dreadful things he does. Highsmith has created one of the most complex characters in Enhlish literature.
  • The novel v. The movie

    By AppleDVG001
    I felt that the movie having a Jazz theme instead of a Painting theme resulted in a different character development of Tom and Dickie. Nonetheless, a very interesting story.