The Resident: Movie Tie-In Paperback – Oct 3 2011
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About the Author
FRANCIS COTTAM is a full time journalist and author. His previous books include The Waiting Room, Slapton Sands, Hamer's War, and A Shadow on the Sun. He lives in London.
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I can see why this has been turned into a movie, as it reads just like you're watching one. I haven't seen the movie, but I imagine unless the director wanted to get all artsy or something, that it should be pretty easy to replicate scene for scene from the book onto the screen as all the chapters are very visual. Although by the book's movie tie-in cover they've obviously gone for a more creepy looking version of Max than the handsome landlord/building renovator that Juliet for a long part of the book was weighing up sleeping with if she decided to move on and close the marriage chapter of her life. Plus Juliet seems to look more like the woman her husband slept with than she does in the book.
The Resident's a fun thriller to read. Like a B grade Hollywood thriller, it has a fair few holes in the plot as well as scenes where you think why wouldn't the character notice this happening, including eye sized holes in the walls? Or why would one character who acts a certain way suddenly out of character do this for the plot to work. But it's a fiction novel after all, and one that is definitely an enjoyable read.
The best thing I can say about this book is that I borrowed it from the library so I didn't waste any money on it, only time. I don't remember anything about the plot - besides the fact that it wasn't interesting enough for me to overlook the many faults with the writing. What I do remember is that the first part of the book is told from the female character's perspective, and it read like the person who wrote it had no idea how the female mind works. It was absurd.
When it switched to the male character in the second part things did improve, but like I said earlier, not enough to keep me reading. This book was a serious letdown. I haven't read anything else by this author, and won't. I also haven't read anything else from this publisher, and if this is the sort of thing they have to offer, then I won't be rushing out for more.