9780486826868

The Hours Before Dawn - MASS MARKET ED.

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  • ISBN13:

    9780486826868

  • ISBN10:

    0486826864

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2018-04-18
  • Publisher: Dover Publications

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Summary

Edgar Award Winner for Best Novel
"Highly intelligent entertainment, beautifully written with wit and humor." — Frances Fyfield
"It grips like grim death." — The Spectator
"Fremlin is a major mistress of insight and suspense." — The New York Times
In this Edgar Award–winning thriller, a young housewife with two lively daughters and an endlessly crying baby battles domestic chaos as well as growing suspicions of the household's new lodger. Are Louise's fears the product of sleep deprivation, as her unsympathetic husband suggests, or is there really something sinister about the respectable-seeming schoolmistress?
During the hours before dawn, Louise suspects, people with a precarious grip on sanity are likeliest to slip over the edge into madness — especially if there's someone ready to give them a push. Without spilling a drop of blood, this psychological thriller transforms everyday events and settings into the extraordinary, evoking an atmosphere of sheer terror. Crime novelist Andrew Taylor hailed author Celia Fremlin as "Britain's equivalent to Patricia Highsmith … her novels are domestic, subtle, penetrating — and quite horribly chilling."

Author Biography

Celia Fremlin (1914–2009) read classics and philosophy at Oxford's Somerville College. Her WWII experiences with the Mass Observation Project influenced her first book, War Factory, which reflected the attitudes of plant workers at a Wiltshire-based radar equipment factory. Fremlin wrote 16 novels in the course of four decades, in addition to a book of poetry and three volumes of collected stories. Her novel The Hours Before Dawn won the Edgar Award in 1960.

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