Patricia Highsmith’s story telling style
in The Cry of the Owl is dated. It just was not
thrilling, psychological or creepy enough. Additionally I thought the mystery should have gone an
entirely different direction with Jenny stalking Robert. That angle could have
been far more interesting. Perhaps this crime thriller is not as strong as her
other stories since I did enjoy the adaptation of The Talented Mr. Ripley. I
am not ruling out reading another Highsmith novel.