Being the avid horror fan reader as I am, I was quite surprised when I saw the 40th Anniversary Edition of The Exorcist and realised that I had never actually read the book. With ‘The most terrifying novel ever written’ across the front cover my expectations were high.
* I liked the character of Chris. As a famous actress she wasn’t fake and displayed genuine concern for her daughter Regan (who is presumably possessed). I could feel the stress and hopelessness she was going through and thought that her part was well written and realistic.
* The character of Regan was disturbing to say the least. The vomiting and swear words aside, until the end of the novel you couldn’t help but wonder if the little girl was indeed doing these horrifying acts on her own accord. This thought alone kept me in suspense.
* While I didn’t think that The Exorcist was the most terrifying book I have ever read it did have it’s moments when it gave me some chills. The passages about exorcisms and satanic rituals etc were particularly creepy.
* The ending is quite satisfying and the introduction of a new character near the end was a nice touch. We don’t know much about Merrin but we do know that he is either going to help Regan or something is going to go terribly wrong. This kept me on edge until the last pages.
* “As far as God goes, I am a nonbeliever. Still am. But when it comes to a devil, well, that’s something else.”
* “You don’t blame us for being here, do you? After all, we have no place to go. No home… Incidentally, what an excellent day for an exorcism…”
* “This century hasn’t got the lock on insanity.”
* ‘They brought her to an ending in a crowded cemetery where the gravestones cried for breath.’