November 21, 1977 12:00 PM

by Cecilia Bartholomew

At the age of 8 Billyjean was found standing over the body of her little brother with a wrench in her hand. Now, after 13 years in an institution, she is convinced by her doctor that if she admits the killing she will be accepting “reality” and can go home. Home, when she gets there, is a nightmare with a silly mother and a terrifying, irrationally angry father who crawls into her bed. The writing is much better than one usually finds in a suspense thriller, which makes the happy ending with a romantic hero seem as if it belongs in another novel. (G. P. Putnam’s Sons, $8.95)

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