Kirkus Compares Evan Stoess to Hannibal Lecter


With one humorous sentence, Kirkus has compared EAT WHAT YOU KILL’s protagonist, Evan Stoess, to Hannibal Lecter, the psychiatrist-cannibal from Thomas Harris’s books made famous by Sir Anthony Hopkins.

You remember Hannibal the Cannibal, right?  He ate people.  Literally, he ATE people.  He ate people he didn’t like, and he ate people at random, too (e.g, the census taker who once tried to test him. Hannibal ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti).  With the exception of hunger, Hannibal didn’t seem to have a motive for many of his murders, hence why I find the comparison to Evan Stoess to be, well, odd.

Perhaps the anonymous Kirkus reviewer was just trying to be clever. I’ll give him or her the benefit of the doubt and go with that, and I’ll leave the final judgment about the comparison to the readers.

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