READING WITH THE AUTHORS: A Double Feature by author Meredith Burton

Hello again campbellsworld visitors.

This morning in the Reading With the Authors column author Meredith Burton brings us a double feature like nothing else I’ve had submitted to this column before.

Not only does she review a book, but she goes on to review a movie that came from the book as well.

Now, I’m not a huge movie watcher but the following review has made me want to read the referenced book and watch the movie.

I hope you enjoy reading this as much as did I and I hope if you do you’ll let us know in the comments section and that you’ll also give this a like and a share.

Oh yes, one more thing, please do keep reading to find out about Meredith and the wonderful work she does.





One of my favorite aspects of Christmas gift certificates is that you have the freedom to purchase frivolous things; things that you might not want to purchase with your own money but have no qualms buying when money is freely given to you.  I received a gift certificate to, my favorite book, movie and music online store and decided to buy a movie I had been wanting to see for some time.  It was a purchase well worth the money, and I am thrilled with it.


Cape Fear is a movie based on the John D. McDonald novel entitled The Executioners, (which is available from NLS).  The story concerns a lawyer named Sam Bodin and a vindictive criminal named Max Cady.  Cady blames Sam for his conviction as Sam testified against Cady at a trial in which Cady was found guilty of rape.  Sam’s family is targeted by the manipulative and unscrupulous Cady, who nurses an obsessive grudge against Sam and will stop at nothing to gain his revenge.  Sam’s desperation to save his family and Cady’s escalating threats and cruel acts culminate in a heart-pounding confrontation on the Cape Fear river in North Carolina.  Will Sam be victorious, or will Cady achieve the revenge he so longs to accomplish?


This movie, made in 1962 and starring Gregory Peck and Robert Mitchum, is filled with riveting suspense and stellar performances.  Peck, who portrayed Atticus Finch in the movie adaptation of To Kill a Mockingbird, is excellent as Sam Bodin, bringing strength and desperation to his role.  Sam exhausts all legal means to stop Cady’s harassment.  When these means prove uneffective, we, along with Sam, feel the lawyer’s desperation as he resorts to unorthodox means to keep his loved ones safe.

Robert Mitchum is terrifying as Max Cady, bringing charm and calculating ruthlessness to his role.  The scenes between Mitchum and Peck are brilliant.  This movie will grab you by the throat and not relinquish its hold until the heart-stopping conclusion.

Cape Fear is a story of the destructive pursuit of revenge.  It is a tale of a father’s love for his family and the lengths that father will go to protect those he loves.  The movie raises the question of what is true justice.  It will appeal to suspense and mystery lovers.  A delightful gift that I am glad to have purchased.


CAUTIONS: A scene in which a dog is poisoned.  Very hard to listen to, so I fast-forwarded through it.

Violence, (although tame by today’s standards).

A scene of attempted rape.


I recommend this 1962 version as opposed to the 1991 remake, which is reportedly more brutal.






Meredith Leigh Burton was born on July 4, 1983.  She attended the Tennessee School for the Blind and Middle Tennessee State University.  Graduating in December of 2007 with a Bachelors’ of Arts Degree in English and theater, she then obtained her teaching certification for grades 7-12.  She enjoys working with students, helping them to explore their own talents and learn self-expression through writing.  She also enjoys helping with church activities.  She resides in Lynchburg, Tennessee.

Meredith is an author of young adult fantasy.  Her recent release, Blind Beauty and Other Tales of Redemption, is an anthology of fairy tale retellings that seek to explore the familiar tales in unique ways.  Most of her works feature disabled protagonists who are called upon to fight against evil.  All her characters face difficult obstacles and must find strength to fight.  Meredith hopes to show her readers that disabilities are really blessings, that we all have gifts and long to make a difference in the world.

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2 Responses to READING WITH THE AUTHORS: A Double Feature by author Meredith Burton

  1. Clarence Frost says:

    Thank you Meredith for sharing this review. I’m not a great mystery reader myself, but will have to share this with my husband. I look forward to reading your work. Tammy Frost


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