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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Woolrich is also surprisingly knowledgeable about the way that women think. This is noir; but it’s definitely it’s own, “gentle” flavor of it.

I Married a Dead Man

Not for all tastes. The book reads as a Perry Mason episode, and does not bog itself down with too much verbage. We see the tenuousness of our own lives and happiness in Helen and Fead. I could not put it down, even when it was almost too tense to carry on with. Eight nan 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 had a similar reaction to this one. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Cornell should have stopped at the penultimate chapter. Feb 08, Woolrich13 rated it liked it. Drags on and on. I just couldn’t buy that after all they had been through, they couldn’t put this behind them as well. Not once, not twice, but scores of times, Woolrich’s stories have been turned into films.

Not far in, the reader realizes he is not going to be laughing out loud during this read. 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. Indeed, the female protagonist was so relatable to me, I had to double and triple check that the author was in fact male!


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I have to admit that I have read this l before — many years ago — and did not realize it until about forty pages into it. Which ones read, liked? Talk about a dark tale. Project Gutenberg 0 editions. Patrice has just given Helen her wedding band to try on when the train crashes, and Patrice and Hugh are killed.

Oct 01, Tony rated it really liked it Shelves: A man was dead. The train is then in an accident. Found out that this Talk about a dark tale.

Rather than receiving support from the father, instead she is given five dollars and a one-way train ticket back to her hometown. I was fascinated with the story when I saw the movie “No Man of Her Own” with Barbara Standwyck years ago not to be confused with a movie of the same name with Clark Gable.

So the rescuers think that Helen is Patrice, and she gets a chance to start anew. Add to Your books. The premise is simple, the execution extremely difficult. And like a number of my favorite suspense authors Patricia Highsmith comes to mindhe wrote about troubled, passionate individuals who stumble into cri I am a longtime fan of the movies that have been made of some of Woolrich’s books – mystery classics like Hitchcock’s “Rear Window”, and Truffaut’s “The Bride Wore Black” and “Mississippi Mermaid”.

Oh, that threw me for a loop. His prose is almost brutal in its efficiency, as is his plotting. That must be fate, bowling against me. I had also viewed a remake called Mrs.


Read, highlight, and take notes, across web, tablet, and phone. Helen decides to act the part of Patrice, though not without a sense of dread. Il personaggio di Helen mi ha portata a guardare nell’incubo.

Because he was prolific, he found it necessary to publish under multiple pseudonyms, including ” William Irish ” and ” George Hopley ” [ A leftover, marked-down doll, with no bright ribbons or tissue wrappings. I Married a Dead Man. Real characters that one can sympathize with. 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.

So I was curious to examine this again. Woolrich creates the suspense so successfully that the novel becomes a page turner for the rest of it’s duration. While the thing she does is clearly morally wrong, we are likely to sympathise with her and absolve her of wrongdoing. It seemed tacked on. They give her a sense of belonging that she clearly has not experienced before.

I Married A Dead Man by Cornell Woolrich

A woman befriends a wealthy newlywed couple on a train. And like a number of my favorite suspense authors Patricia Highsmith comes to mindhe wrote about troubled, passionate individuals who stumble into criminal activity.

Our hero is a sturdy piece of cardboard. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.