Review #25 | Rosemary’s Baby by Irv Levin


7421072Read June 24 | Rating: ★★★☆☆


Rosemary Woodhouse and her struggling actor husband Guy move into the Bramford, an old New York City apartment building with an ominous reputation and mostly elderly residents. Neighbors Roman and Minnie Castavet soon come nosing around to welcome the Woodhouses to the building, and despite Rosemary’s reservations about their eccentricity and the weird noises that she keeps hearing, her husband takes a special shine to them. Shortly after Guy lands a plum Broadway role, Rosemary becomes pregnant, and the Castavets start taking a special interest in her welfare. As the sickened Rosemary becomes increasingly isolated, she begins to suspect that the Castavets’ circle is not what it seems…

My Thoughts:

♡ I finished this a few days ago and let me tell you, I can’t stop thinking about it. I don’t know what exactly it is about this one but something about it stuck with me. Maybe because it’s first adult “horror” novel? I say horror loosely because for me it read like a classic story with a paranormal element and magical realism? Nothing about it screamed horror to me. Oh well, I really enjoyed this one. That’s what I wanted to get across.

♡ I knew nothing about this book going in, I’ve heard of the movie, had no idea what the plot actually contained. I saw this at a book sale for super cheap and thought “why not?” Out of all the books I bought that day I decided to read this one first, who knows why, and I’m so glad I did. This book might be the start of my love for horror. I’m already obsessed with thrillers at the moment so why not dive right into the horror genre too??

♡ The story itself sucked me right in and didn’t let me go until the last page. It was such a quick read (read it in just a few hours). I could honestly read multiple stories if their all told through Rosemary’s inner dialogue. I loved her thought process, all of her emotions felt genuine, and I think I connected to her character. Even though we literally have nothing in common, at all. That’s some real talent right there on the author’s part. Connecting a reader to a character who both have zero similarities.

♡ The rest of the characters annoyed me. I knew what they were up to and I wanted none of their shit.

♡ Spoiler free reviews are so hard why do I do this to myself

♡ Do I recommend? Yes! Want an easy, quick dive into the horror genre? Rosemary’s Baby may be for you. Trigger Warnings for rape, emotional abuse, paranormal shit, and an ending that may make you say “what the actual fuck?!”

Thank you so much for reading and have a great day!




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