I have always enjoyed Charlotte Armstrong ‘s books. I read as many as I could find in the 1970’s. The conditions concerning domestic abuse that were in play at that period are correct. In the minds of the police and society, a woman was considered quilty of provoking her husband.
After fifty years and rereading the story, I feel it is one of the best stories I have read. It held my attention and Until I finished the book. The MC could have been very depressed of all the negative occurrence in her life, but she remains upbeat for her son.
Sherry Reynard is fixing breakfast for her husband, Ward when he started to chock her. She screamed and their two-year-old child, Johnny runs to Mommy. Ward picks up the child and throws him across the room. He went back to continue to chock. Sherry picks the frying pan and hits his shoulder. The police question her at the hospital if Ward wanted assault charges against her. Johnny had broken bones and a concussion.
Sherry realized that Ward was out of his mind and she cannot let Ward near Johnny again. At the point, Ward’s, wealthy and controlling Father, attempted to control. Sherry declined and files for divorce. Her In- laws file for custody of Johnny. In order to win his agent must frame Sherry. This book has so many twists and turns that will grasp your attention. What does the Balloon man have to with this story? You will need to read the book to find out.
Disclosure: I received a free copy from Open Road Integrated Media through NetGalley for an honest review. I would like to thank them for this opportunity to read and review the book. The opinions expressed are my own.
Sounds like a good one.
I feel this is one of my favorite books 📚.
Wow, that’s saying a lot.
This sounds like it would be a very difficult story, but if it turns out well, then i can understand your feelings.
Good review, Betty, but a difficult topic!
I remember that time very well.
Such a dramatic topic. I agree that what you wrote is an accurate depiction of domestic abuse at that time. The law was not on the side of the woman.