Thursday, 12 September 2013

The House Of Dr. Edwardes by Francis Beeding

"The castle must have been impregnable, the only way in being the narrow cleft through which the road ran like an arrow aimed at the heart of it."

In my continuing quest to read the source novels that inspired the works of Alfred Hitchcock comes this gripping thriller. While it may have inspired Spellbound  the similarities are in the minority. The initial impression of Constance Sedgewick is far from that of Ingrid Bergman for a start and the plot continues off in quite a tangent.
The mood and increasing climate of fear is as seductive as it is intriguing. Who could resist the charming Doctor Murchison? Connie is not the best judge of men, her naiveté could have diabolic consequences. You will have to read it yourself to find out more.
4 out of 5 open the gates and stop the lunatics running the asylum.


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