The Hours Before Dawn (Celia Fremlin Mysteries)

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Louise Henderson is trapped in a nightmare: the baby cries almost all night, every night, and the other children must be gotten off to school . . . Louise is so tired that she is afraid she is becoming psychotic; why does she have this feeling of apprehension, almost of terror? Is it connected with the lodger, a respectable school teacher? What is happening in the Henderson household? This novel, which won an Edgar in 1957, is one to be read in a single sitting.

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"It grips like grim death."—The Spectator
In this Edgar Award–winning thriller, young housewife Louise Henderson is saddled with an unsympathetic husband, two rambunctious daughters, and an endlessly crying baby—as well as growing suspicions of the household's new lodger, Vera Brandon. Are Louise's fears the simple product of sleep deprivation, or is there really something sinister about the respectable-seeming schoolmistress?
Without spilling a drop of blood, Celia Fremlin's classic psychological thriller transforms everyday events and settings into an atmosphere of sheer terror.
"Britain's equivalent to Patricia Highsmith ... her novels are domestic, subtle, penetrating—and quite horribly chilling."—Andrew Taylor, bestselling Diamond Dagger-winning author

About the Author:

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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