The Postman Always Rings Twice
by James M. Cain
The Postman Always Rings Twice by James M. Cain is a mystery and adventure book with a little romance that grabs your attention at the beginning and doesn’t let go until the very last page. At first glance, it might seem like a strange book that is hard to follow, but looks may be deceiving. The Postman Always Rings Twice tells the story of twenty-four year old Frank Chambers and his dramatic journey of love and trust.
Frank Chambers lives most of his life on the road, hopping from town to town, staying a little while before hitting the road again. He wandered into Glendale, California where he found a job at a diner. He stayed with the owner, Nick Papadakis, where he met Nick’s wife, Cora.
Although Frank doesn’t like to stay in one place for very long, once he met Cora, he just couldn’t leave. Frank and Cora fall in love and want to live happily ever after, but there is just one problem: Cora’s husband. Frank and Cora decide there is only one way to get what they wanted, by killing Cora’s husband. They hatch a clever plan to murder him and make it look like an accident, but when a cop shows up and the plan fails they need to think of a new plan, quickly. Will Frank and Cora be able to pull off their diabolical plan to murder Cora’s husband and live happily ever after, or will they be caught and spend the rest of their lives in jail?
The Postman Always Rings Twice was a great book that I couldn’t put down. The book is not very long and was a pretty quick read, however, there was plenty of action and suspense. I love mystery books though some can be very predictable. The Postman Always Rings Twice was not predictable at all, there were many plot twists and action up to the shocking conclusion. I would recommend this book to anyone that loves an adventure book with a little bit of romance. The story is told in first person from the perspective of Frank Chambers which adds detail to the story about what he is thinking and how he feels about Cora and the events that lead up to the dramatic climax. This also leaves the reader wondering if you can really trust Frank and his opinions because he shows his crazy side a few times in the story. I believe that because the story is told from Frank’s point of view, it adds suspense to the story to see the way people react to him and his choices. Overall I loved this book and would recommend it to anyone that likes to read.