Saturday, June 9, 2012
Cornell Woolrich’s I Married a Dead Man
The focus is very much on her, and the psychological stresses on her in her very peculiar situation. Woolrich makes a somewhat unlikely scenario seem totally plausible. And he gives us characters to care about – they’re not bad people, they just find themselves in a uniquely difficult situation from which they have to try to extricate themselves.
There are also some very nice plot twists, and they’re twists that seem believable. The only other Woolrich novel I’ve read, The Bride Wore Black, was just as ingenious but in I Married a Dead Man he pulls all the pieces together much more successfully than in The Bride Wore Black.
An excellent little novel.