Review of Rosemary’s Baby

Posted October 26, 2017 by Stormi in Book Reviews / 8 Comments

Review of Rosemary’s BabyRosemary's Baby by Ira Levin, David Morrell
Genres: Horror, Suspense
Published by W. W. Norton & Company Pages: 256
Format: eBook
Source: Bought

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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 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...

It’s time for another buddy read from Barb @ Booker T’s Farm and I. We both picked up Rosemary’s Baby several months ago and so it was decided a while back that this would be are buddy read for October. I went into this book with not really know a lot about it except that it had been made into a movie and was a classic horror read. So I was excited to read it. Check out my review below and then head over to Barbs and see how she felt about it!

First Line

Rosemary and Guy Woodhouse had signed a lease on a five-room apartment in a geometric white house on First Avenue when they received word, from a woman named Mrs. Cortez, that a four-room apartment in the Bramford had become available.

Here is what I thought

Rosemary’s Baby is not very scary but it was pretty strange and I enjoyed it.

Rosemary and her husband were really wanting to get into the Bramford apartment complex and right when they had signed a lease on another apartment it becomes available and Rosemary begs her husband Guy to get them out of the lease and into the Bramford. Wrong move on her part! 🙂

Not real long after they had been living there they meet an old couple who really seems to take over their lives but Rosemary doesn’t see it until it’s to late. Rosemary doesn’t see a lot of things till it’s too late. I know I keep saying wake up woman!

It wasn’t to long after they met the old couple that Guy gets his big break in acting and it seems he is on fire with his career and then Rosemary gets pregnant and that is when the old couple really become a bit obsessed with her and the care of her baby, they even get her to go to a doctor they recommend, give her  vitamin drinks, etc.

Like a lot of older horror it was more atmospheric than scary. The reader can see what his happening and is worried for Rosemary though she is a bit slow to realize what is happening. There was a few times I really wanted to scream at Rosemary for not catching onto things that were happening around her.

The ending is a little strange and well I don’t know. I am not even sure what I was expecting. I do think I am glad that I read this one before seeing the movie and now I would like to watch the movie. (Seeing the movie ruined my enjoyment of The Exorcist novel).

I am reading this book called Paperbacks from Hell and it’s the history of the horror industry from the 70’s and 80’s and the author says there was three books that really was a turning point for horror and those are The Exorcist, Rosemary’s Baby and The Other. So I have one more to go and I will have all three read. 🙂 Let me tell you this book is wreaking havoc on my TBR…lol.

Even though it’s classed as horror I think I would put it as more suspense than horror, especially towards the end. I would recommend it to those who might like a little spooky suspense as it would be great for those who don’t like to get to scared. I know a few of you out there…lol.

Now go check and see what Barb thought!!

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8 responses to “Review of Rosemary’s Baby

  1. I remember the movie ending but not the one from the book. Been a long time since I read it. I do like books with atmosphere. Just came from Barb’s post. Glad you both enjoyed it and I’m having fun with your Buddy reads.

  2. I need to look up The Others. We should try to read it together sometime. “Rosemary doesn’t see a lot of things until it’s too late.” Truer words have never been spoken. I hope you get to watch the movie soon.

  3. I’ve never read Rosemary’s Baby, but I’ve seen the movie many times. It seems to follow the book pretty well, from what I can tell from your review. The same with The Exorcist. I’m not familiar with The Other. The Omen is the other big horror movie in my mind.

  4. I know a little bit about this one though I’ve never read it. It definitely sounds creepy and I know that feeling at wanting to scream at a character. They can be incredibly unobservant! This and the book on the horror industry sound like great reads! I’m not really big into modern horror but I love that atmospheric suspense so I’ll have to add this to my TBR for next year.

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