Celia Fremlin // The Hours Before Dawn

Miss Brandon, in both voice and appearance, gave the impression of being a successful woman of the world, both critical and self-assured; not at all the sort of person whom one would expect to choose for her home an inconvenient, ill-equipped attic in someone else’s house. Louise felt suddenly ill at ease.

Title:  The Hours Before Dawn
Author:  Celia Fremlin
Publisher: J.B. Lippincott Company, 1958

An exhausted mother, trying to manage her two boisterous young girls and new baby while keeping her irritable husband placated and her home running somewhat smoothly, finds her already unstable world spinning out of control when she rents a room to a mysterious woman with a deadly agenda. 

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