Books: Sweet Child

THE BAD SEED (247 pp.}—William March—Rinehart ($3).

The Bad Seed is a novel that started badly. At least Author William March thought so. When he was a third of the way through, he tossed it away and started all over again. Readers with a low tolerance for pure horror may well wish he had not tried a second time. For The Bad Seed is an authentic chiller; not a member of the murder mystery species, but a novel about seemingly quite ordinary people with terror built in.

Everyone loved Rhoda Penmark. She was a charming child of eight, neat, precise, with delightful manners....

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