" This book basically made Silence of the Lambs look like child's play. It was grotesque, disturbing and had plenty of times where the book had to be put down because of how horrible it was getting. There were some points where I wondered how Clarice had gone from being a celebrated member of the FBI to a has-been. She was still doing a perfectly fine job and seemed to be getting railed for whatever reason. We got a more interesting look into the mind of Hannibal, and it was definitely more interesting to see him out of the cells that we had previously only been allowed to see. I absolutely hated Mason, he was far too disturbing in the book and clearly had been out of his mind for a long time. I wish it was more clear on who ended up eating his face; himself or the dogs. I liked the story all the way up until the last few chapters, when there was apparently a serious relationship going on between Hannibal and Clarice. From Silence of the Lambs, I never got the feeling that their relationship would go into that direction. "
— Amanda, 2/10/2014