American Psycho - Bret Easton Ellis

American Psycho

By Bret Easton Ellis

  • Release Date: 1991-03-06
  • Genre: Horror
4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 846 Ratings)


INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER • In this modern classic, the acclaimed author of The Shards explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other.

"A seminal book.” —The Washington Post

One of The Atlantic’s Great American Novels of the Past 100 Years

Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

“A masterful satire and a ferocious, hilarious, ambitious, inspiring piece of writing.... An important book.” —Katherine Dunn, bestselling author of Geek Love

Look for Bret Easton Ellis’s latest novel, The Shards!


  • Singular and interesting

    By Anabur
    Definitely not for everyone, but I found a lot to appreciate about it. It has the most sadistic violence I’ve ever read, so don’t assume it’s just generic murder that you can handle. It’s interesting how the character doesn’t try to explain himself or justify anything, or tell you what to think. At times he’s sympathetic, at times he’s unspeakably monstrous, and simultaneously he keeps being amusing and surprising.
  • Boring

    By TheRabbiSan
    I don’t get the fuss. Definitely disappointing and boring.
  • Astonishing

    By HarrisMars
    Though the long monologues Patrick finds himself stuck in, and his unfailing need to describe clothes, are difficult to get through, the entire book is a work of art. Slowly watching, reading, a character unravel all the while going through his daily, though bizarre, tasks was amazing to experience. The gore/deaths are painful yet enticing and the story never lessens. A favorite of all time.
  • Amazing

    By primechef24
    I feel like I will become an actual psychopath if I read this again
  • Funny, gut-wrenching, well-written satire.

    By Airy wind
    This is the first major novel I have read in a while, and I was quite intrigued when I hit the last page. There were moments like in the chapter “Genesis” where Bateman is just listing out albums and songs, where I was laughing so hard, then there were instances like in chapters such as “Killing Child in Zoo” where I just felt deathly allergic. This is an amazing satire, definitely not recommended to the faint of heart, but recommended if you want to read something complex and laid-back.
  • Awful.

    By Jory Colvin
    Impossible to follow. I have no idea why this is so popular other than someone wanting to read the few gory bits of it. What a waste of reading time.
  • Didn’t own up to the hype

    By Angelica Oie
    Unlike the high standards I had for this book, it didn’t seem to be of any value. Most space was taken by inner monologues of clothing brands and filled space of scenery, there was no true defined point, other than the implied consumerism “American dream” trope, this book doesn’t really dive into madness, however displays the gory imagery of the after effects of the characters doings.
  • Wow. Just wow.

    By emiseo
    I’d seen the movie before reading this and there are so many more details to Patrick’s insanity that it didn’t delve in to. This book is seriously messed up and I love it. It takes intrusive thoughts to another level.
  • American Pyscho

    By Mantoine4
    amazing read! Even better than the movie, which is my favorite movie of all time!
  • One of the worst books of all time

    By Dave Davington
    Nothing more than the diary of rich, white loser who murdered people for sport. This book deserved to be banned and probably shouldn’t be published anymore.