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Leave Her to Heaven Hardcover – January, 1944

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ISBN-13: 978-9997410252 ISBN-10: 9997410254

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 380 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin College Div (January 1944)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9997410254
  • ISBN-13: 978-9997410252
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #947,267 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Jackie Giovani on May 30, 2002
Format: Hardcover
This book will draw you in from the first and will not relinquish its hold on you for a long time.
I read it while still a teenager, many years ago, and have never forgotten its story of possessive love (or obsession)and the tragedy of the tale. I, unfortunately, lost my copy and am now searching for another so that my 15 year old daughter might experience it.
The author is very adept at bringing life to the characters and the events that unfold around and because of them. I would recommend this book to anyone.
I started a book club a couple of years ago....the discussion on this book was one of the very best our group has ever had.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on April 13, 2002
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This is the tale of the ultimate femme fatale. Meet Ellen. She is completely selfish and her only form of love is total posession. This book is the noirish tale of her marriage.
Richard Harland happens upon Ellen while riding a train and she seems just a little too perfect to be real. Ellen eventually marries him but her desperate posessiveness grows worse. She will stop and nothing, even murder, to see to it that Richard is hers alone.
The book gets into the heads of all the major characters and I was impressed at how well the author writes from the female viewpoint. While Ellen is quite insane, it is still clear what makes her tick.
This book has much to offer: romance, mysteries, drama and finally an intense courtroom scene. Highly enjoyable and has the true flavor of the 40s.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 10, 2001
Format: Hardcover
This is a story of a manipulative woman and the man she marries. It is intriguing how the man learns about the woman he married; the author writes in beautiful nuances. There also is a clever murder that occurs as well as a love story, and betrayal of love. All the components to make a great story.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Emilie on October 30, 2005
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Erotomania is still an enigma, but I do so love books written about it. This book is lush with descriptions of all the characters and surroundings. New Mexico, Back of the Moon, Bar Harbor all become very very real.
Ellen becomes a living breathing woman, alive with passion and possesiveness. We are able to see her and hear her thoughts, Richard becomes the unwitting object of her affection and everyone else is a threat to their love.
Her evil isn't truly revealed until you think moments of true happiness have been reached, only to have it all ripped away.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Shelva Smith Polk on July 2, 2001
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I read this book about 20 years ago. It was written before I was born but still delivered a spellbinding tale. I would recommend it to anyone.
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I had seen the movie many times and for once the movie was better than the book. The book wasn't as suspenseful as the movie. I didn't care for the main character, Harland. There was no emotional bond with him or anyone else actually.
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By margaret martin on September 19, 2013
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I have hardly been able to put this book down. Williams is a newly discovered author to me, and I plan on reading all his books!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David R. Eastwood on May 31, 2013
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Ben Ames Williams' LEAVE HER TO HEAVEN (1944) is organized with an opening chapter that is a "flashforward"; it is as if the author deliberately chose to place the "final" chapter first to let readers know the "happy ending" in order to create suspense solely about how the "unhappy" parts occurred and why they were not worse than they were. In this first chapter, we learn that a man named Harland has just served more than four years in prison, that bystanders looking at him consider him guilty of murder, and that he is going deep into a burned forest in Maine where his loving wife awaits him in a newly built house.

Because most people who will read this book have already seen the Gene Tierney-Cornell Wilde-Jeanne Crain-Vincent Price movie based on it (same title, 1945), and because I need to reveal a few plot points to explain my rather low opinion of this book, I shall be giving out what some will consider SPOILERS.

SPOILER ALERT. As the story moves backwards six years in time, Harland turns out to be a well-known novelist named Richard Harland. He married a beautiful woman named Ellen, observed her through binoculars as she deliberately let his crippled kid brother Danny drown, tried to be loyal and loving to her because she said she was pregnant, and decided to leave her (following the birth of a stillborn child). Before Harland leaves, Ellen and he and her adopted sister Ruth have a lobster cookout, and Ellen dies of apparent indigestion. More than a year later, when Harland and Ruth later fall in love and marry, Russ Quinton, the half-forgotten lawyer that Ellen jilted, suddenly appears (now a prosecutor) and accuses Ruth of giving arsenic to Ellen.

SPOILER ALERT.
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