Leave Her to Heaven
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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Ellen Berent Harland is uber-terrible about her monomania in possessing first her late father and now her emotionally beleagured new husband. Ellen brooks no interference with her plans to dominate Richard's entire life. Her spun-steel resolve includes eliminating all rivals, including her disabled brother-in-law, her own mother, and she makes her adoptive sister's life miserable and aborts her own unborn child. I found both the book and movie fascinating as we get behind Ellen's luminescent beauty which masks sheer evil. She is a sociopath of the first water. I'd highly recommend this book. --Rejoice McCausey Kershawn