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Author: Michael McDowell
After her soldier husband Dean is disfigured in a terrible rifle range accident, Sarah Howell finds her dreary life made even worse -- she works in a dull assembly line job all day, and endures long evenings at home with her vegetable-like husband and his vindictive mother. Her mother-in-law blames the entire town for her son's accident, and her...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780380405848
ISBN-10: 0380405849
Publication Date: 1979
Pages: 340
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 12 ratings
Publisher: Avon
Book Type: Paperback
Members Wishing: 1
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They all thought it would make such a pretty gift, a simple pendant on a glittering golden chain. To the residents of Pine Cone, Alabama, it was the prettiest thing they ever saw. A gift of beauty.

A gift of evil

A policeman found in the ashes

It passed from the dead to the living
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This was an ok read. I truly wanted to finish it which shows that the writer kept me interested. It wasn't anything all that special or memorable though. The ending was too abrupt and unsatisfying. It was like the book was leading up to nothing, just showing gruesome death after gruesome death with no real substance. Also, the author had way too many offensive stereotypes in his story. And another thing, the leading lady seems cold and unsympathetic to her husband's plight from the very beginning with no real proof that the poor bastard is in on anything. The novel never verifies whether he was to blame for anything. She just seems to not want to be bothered with a catatonic husband. I had a hard time rooting for her. My final verdict: not bad, only so-so though.
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McDowell's writing style is so fluid and pleasing that even a far-fetched, drawn out plot such as is found in Amulet is satisfying. I did find the increasingly grotesque deaths getting tiresome, but still enjoyed the book very much. It's a shame this writer died so young and with such a sparse body of work; his later horror novels are among the best written.