Like a Charm Paperback
Desire leaves a man destroyed - a young girl's curiosity reveals secrets better left hidden - an accidental encounter on a train ends violently - ambition leads to a curious exchange - an uncanny likeness changes two lives forever - A novel in sixteen chilling parts, linked by a glittering charm bracelet which brings misfortune to everyone who handles it -In Like A Charm, the cream of British and American crime writers combine for a must-have collection.
From nineteenth-century Georgia, where the bracelet is forged in fire, to wartime Leeds, a steam train across Europe, the violent backstreets of 1980s Scotland, present-day London, a Manhattan taxi, the Mojave desert and back to Georgia, each writer weaves a gripping story of murder, betrayal and intrigue.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 384 pages
- Publisher: Cornerstone
- Publication Date: 03/06/2004
- Category: Anthologies (non-poetry)
- ISBN: 9780099462255
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Review by jbrubacher
Short stories written by several well-known crime writers follow a cursed charm bracelet throughout the years of its existence. This is a compelling collection that manages to be slightly supernatural and also terrifyingly realistic. It's creative and entertaining. On the other hand, there are a few too many battered women in its pages for my tastes. Almost everyone is either accident-prone or murderous. And more than one story was uncomfortably disgusting. Still, it's a well-written collection with a lot of great stories and they read well together.
Review by RavenswoodPublishing
Karin Slaughter is the absolute best crime/mystery writer I have come across in this day and age. Her novels will simply astound you with their heart-racing moments and intrigue. Every time I pick one of her novels up I cannot stop reading until I'm done and I still find myself begging for more. She's a writer with no fear! She wields her instruments like a knife ready to dig in deep and take you by surprise at every turn!
Review by ChristineEllei
This was a book of short stories that I picked up on the strength of writing contributions by Karin Slaughter and Kelley Armstrong (amoung a multitude of others). It was a unique concept for a book of short stories as each author was given a premise for the story ... to involve a specific charm bracelet and a murder. Each author wrote a story, and when combined into the book, the short stories told a progressive tale. Each story could very well stand alone, but Ms. Slaughter contributes both the first and last story in the book, which ties everything together wonderfully.<br/>
Review by Schlyne
A unique way of writing a book. The entire book takes into account a charm bracelet, which is somehow passed between all the different characters (all written by different authors and have different stories). It's basically a cursed item.<br/><br/>