The movie was filmed in my hometown, so it was incredible to finally read the book!
The Bill Paxton/Billy Bob Thornton movie is sort of a lesser-known Fargo like film. Simple Plan is in the tradition of American prairie novels-- the anxiety of cabin fever and the depression of sparsely populated rural areas. Reading the book felt just like watching the movie. The most interesting aspect of the book was that the author showed the main character's revulsion toward his wife's pregnancy-- he's very uncomfortable when she puts his hand on her belly to feel the kicks and is disgusted by her breast feeding. I thought the juxtaposition of the ease in which he brings death and his discomfort with new life was a psychological layer that's difficult to show onscreen.