Yet another short story from Daphne DuMaurier. In this one, Shelagh, a young actress is witness to the sudden death of her father. As if waking from a nightmare, he calls her name, his face a mask of horror. She is shocked and disturbed by this reaction and goes over and over his last few minutes. What had she done? Why did he look at her that way?
Her father in his last moments makes an offhand comment about trying to make amends with an old friend in Ireland. They had a falling out after he refused to recommend the man for a job. Shelagh impulsively travels to Ireland to find the man, a man her father called a borderline case. She finds out more than she ever wanted to know.
This story is much better than The Breakthrough. It's suspenseful and mysterious with a twist at the end. Shelagh is a Daddy's girl and the way it all plays out is quite brilliant (and icky).