I Married a Dead Man [Cornell Woolrich] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. I Married a Dead Man. Cornell Woolrich. synopsis. Happenstance. Perhaps a wonderful bonanza, possibly an unmerciful future. Without thinking to possess it, . I Married a Dead Man is one of Cornell Woolrich’s best–known crime novels. The plot is convoluted but it works like a well-oiled machine.

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I have read most of the books in them. A mesmerizing read for Woolrich fans, but most definitely not the book I’d recommend as your first exposure to this great author, who in my opinion, eclipsed all others of suspense.

But I don’t care, let them come. A doll with no donor and no recipient. Thanks for the suggestions — I am excited to read Nightmare Alley which actually was the reason I picked up the set in the first place.

Woolrich with his noir writing style and atmosphere, really bring you into the gloom of his characters. A love was blasted into nothingness. Oct 24, Nancy Loe rated it it was amazing Shelves: Have you read much other Woolrich and, if woolrixh, do you have any recommendations?

Feb 08, Woolrich13 rated it liked it. Winterbourne with a terribly miscast of Ricky Lake, but other characters were strong. Couldn’t give it five stars because of the ending.

But overall, this dated novel is just boring. He possesses a strong sense of charm and while his intelligence poses a threat to Helen, the two are clearly attracted to each other from shortly after they meet. Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Nineteen year-old Helen Georgesson boards a train leaving New York.


She’s eight months pregnant, has just seventeen cents and has been abandoned by her husband. The story begins with Helen who is unmarried and eight months pregnant. You are the twig, and the water you float on conrell you here. Books by Cornell Woolrich. Return to Book Page.

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Gripping, unusual, sense of dread, just marvelous. They give her a sense of belonging that she clearly has not experienced before. But emotionally, it rang true. I Married a Dead Man is one such novel, I woklrich to it from the Barbara Stanwyck film No Man of her Own, and I find the novel is just as good as the film, they didn’t change a thing in the film apart from the final scene.

The plot is extremely predictable.

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October In Review — Mysteries Ahoy! It had excellent plotting and suspense. I had a similar reaction to this one. This is noir; but it’s definitely it’s own, “gentle” flavor of it. I think Woolrich does take steps later in the novella to give a rationale to how the mistake could have come about and gives her a strong reason to maintain the fiction but it does require some pretty odd plot contortions to set everything in motion.

I Married a Dead Man

Wheth Don’t you hate it when the Goodreads synopsis gives away the entire plot? What little plans she has are to go Patrice has just given Helen her wedding band to try on when the train crashes, and Patrice and Hugh are killed. What I appreciated most was the ambiguous morality. Pregnant, abandoned by her slimy husband and destitute, Helen Georgesson boards a train going west. And all with a edgy darkness, often li February Edit to localize it to your language.


She goes from bliss to haunted in only a few sentences. This page was last edited on 26 Juneat Accade uno spaventoso incidente. The story is fast-paced, but not so fast-paced that you The scenario certainly generates questions that the reader may try to work out the answers to but there are no clear answers given to the biggest question that hangs over all of the characters and that will destroy all of their chances of happiness.

I Married A Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich

And the ending makes no sense. 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.

The ending was classic and ambiguous and Excellent. I asked you first! Don’t read thi God awful. Helen decides to act the part of Patrice, though not without a sense of dread. Cornell Woolrich is one of the glories of American noir literature.