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Cornell should have stopped at the penultimate chapter.

And then things get really interesting. One of the few books I’ve ever read twice actually three times. This book has a clever premise, which I won’t give away, but suffers throughout – particularly at the beginning and end – from an overly melodramatic narrative that definitely dulls the fascination of seeing how the sort-of-heroine deals with her unique situation and the threats to the future of her and her child.

I would have to term this one, as mentioned in the edition of the book I have, a Soap Opera noir. The book is J. Published March 1st by Penguin Books first published January 1st It’s a story of a woman who isn’t really a bad person, but she’s desperate and her ordeals are very intense.

This relationship sits at the heart of the novella because for the conceit of the story to work we must view them as a tragic couple and believe that had they met under different circumstances they might have been happy. Real characters that one can sympathize with.


I Married a Dead Man

But she did not murde Fear, paranoia, dread, anxiety, and desperation are dripping thickly off these pages. I enjoyed it, but it’s not what I expected. But overall, this dated novel is just boring.

Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Like in Chandler, the mood is as important as the story, and both are fairly heavy. And all with a edgy darkness, often literal. Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

You feel the tragedy of these characters, even minor ones like the couple on the train who are so kind to poor Helen, which is immediately rewarded by their violent deaths!

Cornell Woolrich is one of the glories of American noir literature. A Classic from the noir genre set during the Great Depression. I asked you wolorich

I Married a Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich

Since I obviously did coornell remember any of the details, and was enjoying the story, I plodded on to the end. The blackmailer is killed — but by whom? But I get awfully tired of reading about the same happy hookers and highly capable, critical-but-nurturant wives all the time. Jan 14, Lee rated it really liked it Shelves: Easily my favorite book in the collection.

It’s like reading some sort of out of control romance novel. Ddad setup creates tension as she lives under the fear that her secret will somehow be discovered.


Tragedy strikes and the train crashes, killing both the Hazzards instantly. Eight months pregnant and alone, Helen Georgesson’s only hope is the five dollar bill and the train ticket back to her home town in San Francisco.

I Married A Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich

With despair hanging over them, looking over their shoulder into the shawdows. The family of the dead husband comes to see her at the hospital. But I talk as if I have read a lot of his books, when this was the first one.

Articles needing additional references dewd July All articles needing additional references Books with missing cover. There is still the problem of the read father of her child, who shows up after a period of time, with a clever blackmailing scheme that puts her in peril.

Which ones read, liked? And the ending makes no sense. Woolrifh have the 50s anthology and plan on dipping into that soon too. I might not have read the Willeford.