Review: Deathtrap: A Thriller in Two Acts by Ira Levin


Rating: ★ ★ ★ ½ ☆
Date read: April 10 to 12, 2014
Read Count: 1

A whole lot of fun, an equal amount of creepy, and a pinch of wtf is going on here.

I’ve never enjoyed reading a play, after having already seen it, as much as I enjoyed this one, and that’s saying something because I don’t usually read plays.

But this one is highly recommended for people who like metafiction and mind games as this is a story within a story pretending to be an imitation of a play for the purpose of carrying out the perfect murder. You’ll never guess who dies, who really dies, who’s behind it all, or why. Well, unless you’ve seen the play or read a couple of the reviews on the book page. Seriously, people, there’s a spoiler html script for a reason.

So, yeah, give this one a try. Hard copies might be hard to find, but I’m sure your local library has a few that haven’t been checked out in years.


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If you don’t mind spoilers and are in the mood for something funny, check out this Utah patron’s complaint of the play’s content (source). She had no idea she’d be subjected to such “debauchery.” Well… that’s what you get for googling it before the show…

The subject matter being contested is: the two male leads share a brief kiss, but that varies from performance to performance. In this particular one though, the director chose to include the kiss, but judging by this patron’s letter, you might be led to think there had been full frontal nudity on the stage that night.


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