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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At this point I should probably reiterate that this is the story of a murder and its aftermath rather than a mystery story. While that approach would not suit every work it is appropriate here because the couple represent a set of values and a family lifestyle that Helen comes to cherish.

It floods her heart with a feeling of acceptance, because supper is a term used informally, with family; only when we dine with others, or go out in the evening, does it become dinner.

I Married a Dead Man

Since I obviously did not remember any of the details, and was enjoying the story, I plodded on to the end. Email required Address never made public. The story is of an abondoned pregnant girl who is given a I enjoyed this book very much as a mystery novel. Have you read much other Woolrich and, if so, do you have any recommendations?

Wolrich in a fog of fear at times, but more like everywhere they turn, there’s a street light burned out. One of the few books I’ve ever read twice actually three times.


Nineteen year-old Helen Georgesson boards a train leaving New York. My library Help Advanced Book Search. Notify me of new comments via email. Woolrich is also surprisingly knowledgeable about the way that women think.

For Helen, a future mom with no man and no money to her name, she finds a rather morbid and twisted way to get herself into a wealthy family.

The summer nights are so pleasant in Caulfield. References to this work on ddead resources.

He gave her a five-dollar bill and a ticket to California as consolation prizes. The story begins with Helen who is unmarried and eight months pregnant. That must be fate, bowling against me.

I Married a Dead Man

A woman befriends a wealthy newlywed couple on a train. It is powerful stuff, underlined by the striking decision to return to the material from the start of the book at the end. I loved it from the beginning. I have the 50s anthology and plan on dipping into that soon too. I bought it for a film noir class, but we never got around to it, woolrrich I read it in my spare time, and I’m glad I did. It certainly veers towards melodrama in some aspects of its scenario and storytelling but I felt that the ending was really effective, packing an emotional punch.

To view it, click here. The young woman goes, along with her newborn child, from the hospital to a proper bourgeois home. Once I realized where Woolrich was taking the story, I felt a chill. What little plans she has are to go View all 8 comments. This deqd your story, and you cannot escape it, you are only the player, not the stage manager. At his best, his stories are moody, passionate, and mysterious, with fascinating plots and intriguing characters.


This book was incredible! I just couldn’t buy that after all they had been through, they couldn’t put this behind them as well.

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. Sep 22, Daniel rated it really liked it. Become a LibraryThing Author. I just a few pages we feel like we know everything about the Hazzards and Helen, even their unwritten pasts, even by the time their lives are turned literally upside down just a few pages later.

Like Liked by 1 person. Accade uno spaventoso incidente. Add to Your books. As you say there really is no happiness to be found here. But she did not murde Fear, paranoia, dread, anxiety, and desperation are dripping thickly off these pages. October In Review — Mysteries Ahoy! I just a few pages we feel like we know everything about the Hazzards and Helen, even their unwritten pasts, even by the time their lives are turned literally Couldn’t give it five stars because of the ending.

The enigma of the ending would have stood better on its own without further comment.