James Bond was just never my thing - like I don't hate it but it just wasn't an obsession - but I distinctly remember sitting in an old fashioned cinema in Cornwall one summer and watching The Bourne Supremacy and feeling as though I'd never watched anything I felt quite as inspired by in my whole life (admittedly, I was a dramatic child). So, when I saw the book of The Bourne Identity on the shelves of my local ASDA in time to match the launch of Bourne, I was all over it and so I grabbed it for myself.
Now admittedly, this is a hella thick book and so I've been putting off reading it for a solid few weeks - but I've finally given in and, although it feels as though it's taken me forever to finish it, I have to say that it was everything that I hoped and more. It's always really hard to read a book when you've already watching the film I think, because you already have this idea in your head about what the story should be and how it's going to end and so it can be hard to keep your attention rooted in the book - but this just wasn't the case with The Bourne Identity. Just like when I watched the film, I was entranced by every word, every move seemed like an intricate puzzle and it had me waiting for the next chapter just like the film had me waiting for the next scene.
If you haven't seen The Bourne Identity (and if you hadn't I would suggest downloading it right now because it's a seriously good film) it essentially follows a man who washes up with no memory of anything that came before - but under his skin finds a microchip that leads him to a vault containing his name, Jason Bourne - from there forward he must piece together the life that came before, all the while running from the consequences that life holds. It's supercharged and intense in a way that not many other books are - it takes concentration, but it's worth it.
I'd definitely say that the book is much more intense than the film - I'm not sure if it's just that this seems to be more in depth, or if maybe there are bits in the book that were cut out in the film; but, it's not for the faint hearted, and definitely not if you have a weak stomach or are easily upset. It's a hard book to read, because as the main character doubts himself and his memory, you too doubt him and so you are swung between facts that don't seem to quite fit together, and facts that you have about the main character that he's yet to remember about himself yet.
It's not the easiest book to read - but it's definitely one that I'd say add to your reading list if mystery and thriller novels are your sort of thing. It's captivating, complicated and renewed my love in Jason Bourne.