A DREAM OF FALLING by Mary O. Rank

A DREAM OF FALLING

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KIRKUS REVIEW

.... triggers Jeannie, after eleven years of unshared sympathy, to murder Ken whom she had married out of pity which led to hate, and her story spirals with a considerable fascination through all the only half-remembered fears and fantasies and back to Ken, and their child Paul. For the marriage, into which she had been urged by the aunt who reared her, which was to be her salvation was only a sentence; Ken takes to bed each weekend with migraines, and young Paul is also sickly and whiningly dependent. Only Pam, the little girl who had died (because of Ken's negligence) had been someone she could love. So that the hours following Jeannie's administration of a lethal dose of sedatives to Ken are spent in the unhappy, unrepentant recall here; in the mechanics of concealing her act from young Paul- who suspects as much, and from the inquiry to follow; and in her final appeal to the policeman who is called in on the case for sympathy which the reader can more readily give her..... A not altogether bonafide, or believable, psychopathic background to murder is balanced by the very ordinary circumstances in which it takes place and it has an unmistakable momentum.

Pub Date: May 2nd, 1959
Publisher: Houghton, Mifflin