If you are new to Hitchcock's Psycho then this book offers a good introduction to the film and it's meanings as only Thomson can elucidate. He is the best critic in the business afterall and his analysis and insight is spot-on. However the book is actually quite short and a little light for what would originally have been £15 for the hardback. Also if you are a follower of Thomson's writing then you might be disappointed because he doesnt add much to what he has previously said in his other books and weekly columns. Finally, I'm not persuaded by the overarching idea that Psycho is where our love of murder all began. So, i've mixed feelings but an enjoyable read nonetheless.