Leave Her to Heaven by Ben Ames Williams

bookshelves: published-1944, film-only, winter-20142015, noir, mystery-thriller, under-500-ratings

Recommended for: Laura, Wanda et al
Read from January 15 to February 22, 2015

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3neuu…

Description: This classic bestselling novel about a man who encounters a woman whose power to destroy is as strong as her power to love evokes Hemingway in its naturalistic portrayal of elemental forces in both nature and humanity. Ellen’s beauty was radiant, and Harland had been so struck with her personality and the strength of her character that he knew he could never leave her. When he found that she returned his adoration, he could marry her with joy, bothered just momentarily by a strange premonition. It was only later, when the premonition became a horrifying reality, that he realized the glowing loveliness of the woman he had married was the true face of evil.

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