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Like a Charm

3.56  ·  Rating Details ·  1,087 Ratings  ·  72 Reviews
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, th
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 3rd 2004 by Arrow (first published January 1st 2004)
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Sep 07, 2009 Donald rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2009
This is why I read so much so often and include audiobooks (unabridged, always unabridged) in my literary diet. This is really a collection of short stories from a variety of authors who have used a common thematic device—a charm bracelet—to weave all the stories together.

Each of these stories is a charm (I couldn’t help myself). Each picks up where the other left off, yet they could all stand alone. For instance: at the end of one story, a girl tosses the charm into the Mississippi and at the b
Aug 06, 2013 Monique rated it really liked it
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Jun 24, 2011 Bea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking forward to reading this book because of the style of writing. It is a novel with different authors writing different chapters, and I was interested in seeing how this worked. Karin Slaughter edited the book and also wrote the first and last chapters.

The title, Like a Charm, should have been a hint. It turns out that the tying thread throughout the book and chapters is a charm bracelet. Each chapter relates in some way to a charm found on the same bracelet. The novel spans a period
Nov 09, 2015 Hannie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: overig, 2013, 2-sterren, engels
Het idee achter het boek is erg leuk, maar in de uitvoering laat het te wensen over. Het boek draait om een bedelarmband. In elk kort verhaal komt dit aan bod aan de hand van een bedeltje. Zo komt elk bedeltje aan bod. Elk kort verhaal is geschreven door een andere auteur. Het eerste en laatste hoofdstuk is geschreven door Karin Slaughter, die het boek heeft samengesteld. Normaal ben ik gek op haar boeken, maar haar eerste verhaal vond ik erg slecht. Het is echt een vaag verhaal over een man die ...more
Apr 08, 2015 Lize rated it it was ok
Belangrijk om te weten voordat je dit boek gaat lezen: het is niet geschreven door Karin Slaughter maar wel samengesteld door haar. Ok, ze schreef wel 2 van de 17 verhalen in dit boek maar volgens mij zijn dit niet haar beste verhalen.
Ik houd normaal gezien niet van kortverhalen maar ik wou het een kans geven en dacht vooral dat het misschien wel leuk is om nieuwe, andere auteurs te leren kennen en misschien krijg ik wel zin om meer van die auteurs te lezen. Dat is tot op bepaalde hoogte ook we
Feb 20, 2013 Anke rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ik had recensies vantevoren gelezen waarin duidelijk staat dat je geen 'Karin Slaughter boek' moet verwachten. Dat was erg belangrijk om te weten.
De kwaliteit van de verschillende verhaaltjes was erg wisselend, sommigen waren erg leuk, van andere was ik blij dat het uit was. Het was dus een voordeel en een nadeel dat de verhaaltjes kort waren, zo'n 15-20 bladzijdes. Sommige verhalen hadden van mij (veel) langer mogen zijn!
De verhalen zijn prima los te lezen, ik heb ze dus per 2 of 3 tussen ander
Dec 08, 2013 Amelia rated it it was ok
The literature in this book was phenomenal. The writing style for almost all of the short stories was exceptional. But it was just TOO gory and too much murder. It was overdone in the area of lust and sex. Some of the stories were good, but some of them were overplayed and disgusting. I would recommend it to someone that like crime, and gore, and murder and lust, and also has nothing better to do.
Nov 16, 2016 Sandy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Het idee is leuk, elk bedeltje van de armband heeft een verhaal. De verhalen geschreven door verschillende schrijvers. De uitwerking is van minder resultaat. De verhalen verschillen enorm van kwaliteit. Het ene is een literair stuk, het ander van het niveau goedkoop misdaadromannetje. Hier was een goede rol weggelegd geweest voor de redacteur om te proberen alle verhalen op hetzelfde niveau te trekken.
Oct 15, 2016 Karin rated it really liked it
I read the book Like A Charm and it took me a few stories to realize that it was a charm bracelet that connected the stories. Someone throws it away in one story and someone finds it in the next story. It is a bit graphic and has some violence. You never know from one story to the next what is going to happen.
The many charms would forever tell their stories: the key to vanity, the gluttony of monkey, the greed of the dollar sign, th lustful tiger, and even the cross, which Mary Lou suddenly understood represented her own insolence.

So many insignificant charms, all coming together throughout centuries to fill up a heavy gold charm bracelet, that was anything but lucky. Each and every set of author included within this written masterpiece, connects each dot throughout time, as deaths seem to be a const
Dec 18, 2012 Chiara rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who like weird, implausible, short stories
Shelves: thriller-horror
I really did not enjoy reading this book. The book consists of 16 short stories in which appears a bracelet that brings bad luck to everyone that gets hold of it. I really like the idea of this but the authors just didn't make it work.

When you read this kind of book you expect that the stories are short, without too many details and complicated characters. And that's okay because there are 16 stories in one book, all written by a different author. But in this case it just seemed like important
Christine Jones
Jun 05, 2016 Christine Jones rated it it was ok
I need to make it clear this is an edited book with several authors contributing short stories that are meant to jell into one solid tale of a charm bracelet. The authors are primarily crime authors and the stories are crime/ drama with murder/death/mayhem as the basis. I liked a few of the stories, and I found the novel compelling overall. But in general, I didn't enjoy the book.
The first story, written by the editor, was interesting. Somewhere in the middle, I hit a few authors whose stories
Feb 05, 2016 Becky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
As far as short story collections go, this is the mystery collection to have. Each tale stands alone, but they are all linked together by a charm bracelet. It's an interesting concept that I have not since seen in any other story collection. There are 15 different authors, 16 different tales (Karin Slaughter wrote both the first and the last story in the book).

Contributors include authors such as Laura Lippman, Lee Child, Mark Billingham, Peter Robinson, and Kelley Armstrong. Each tale, like th
Laura of Lurking
Sep 08, 2013 Laura of Lurking rated it liked it
Some of the short stories in the book caught my attention, but others soon had me drifting. But with each of these short stories written by a different author I suppose it is to be expected that some would resonate with me more then others. some I forgot even as I read, yet others I took note of and went back to see who wrote them and make a point of looking up their other works

Overall I liked the tie in using the bracelet to make it feel near to a novel but with more individuality, so you could
Aug 27, 2016 Susan marked it as currently-reading-anthcoll  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology, paperback, 2015
Rootbount • shortfiction by Karin Slaughter
Vanitas • shortfiction by Emma Donoghue
Cornelius Jubb • shortfiction by Peter Robinson
Down and Dirty • shortfiction by Fidelis Morgan
The Goblin • shortfiction by Lynda La Plante
The Snake Eater by the Numbers • shortfiction by Lee Child
Stroke of Luck • shortfiction by Mark Billingham
Two Deaths and a Mouthful of Worms • shortfiction by Denise Mina
Favor • shortfiction by John Harvey
Plan B by Kelley Armstrong re-read 8/3/2015
The Inkpot Monkey • shortstory b
Jacqueline King
I tend to stay away from short story collections. When a story is too short, I find the meaning to be lost and the story feels pointless. This was the case with a couple of stories, however, some gems shined through.
I have read Karin Slaughter for many years and am a huge fan of her Grant County/Atlanta series. It was for this reason I picked up Like A Charm. Her stories 'Rootbound' and 'The Blessing of Brokenness' were great little reads and highlights of the book. Honorable mention to Fidelis
Stephen Arnott
May 11, 2015 Stephen Arnott rated it liked it
I like the idea behind this book, a string of short stories all connected by the same charm bracelet. One author writes their story, the bracelet is left somewhere or given to someone, then the next author takes that as a starting point for their story and so on...

I enjoyed all these tales, but some were more satisfying than others. The two stories by Lee Child are good and the one by Linda La Plante starts well, but then loses its way.

Apart from murder and gruesome deaths, two other common them
Aug 03, 2014 Jeremiah rated it liked it
Shelves: listened
A series of short stories read by a variety of authors about a charm bracelet. The stories are widely uneven and introduce a variety of topics around a charm bracelet. I found the first and last story the toughest to get through but there were some excellent stories in the middle that I just did not want to end.

I did not understand the story of the bear and how that related to the charms in the beginning. The very sad story at the end links all the stories together very loosely. I'm not sure how
Mar 28, 2015 Ed rated it liked it
Picked as an accompaniment for a long commute, this book was perfect. With an opening chapter from Karin Slaughter, 16 chapters by different authors trace a charm bracelet across several centuries and continents until wrapped up by author Slaughter. The stories are linked in time and theme but are able to stand alone as well.

Thriller - Recorded version of "A Novel in Voices" - 16 interconnected stories that bring a charm bracelet from nineteenth century GA to the present day. The noir stories a
Nov 25, 2008 Christine rated it liked it
Shelves: 2008-reads
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 ...more
Nov 10, 2010 Pam rated it liked it
Shelves: audio
I needed an audio book and this sounded interesting. It is a collection of short stories by many authors all revolving around a charm bracelet. This bracelet, the most regifted item of all time, changes hands or should a say wrists, over decades. Evil falls upon the different possesors of the bracelet. Over time, charms are added to make the bracelet more special for the receiver. Most of the stories had some twists and turns and were actually quite good. Others left me wondering what really ...more
Jun 21, 2010 Angie rated it it was ok
This was a great idea for a book, stories by different authors, all about the same charm braclet. However, the actual book was a bit of a dissapointment. Some of the stories were good, some seemed to be that they just through in the charm bracelet because they were told they had to. And some didn't make any sense at all.

I loved the stories that continued on, the characters in the second story finding the bracelet where the characters from the previous story had left it...but some stories didn't
Jan 23, 2013 Jesse rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: anthology
This review is only for "Plan B" by Kelley Armstrong. Holy cow, how many twists can one short story have? Many, it turns out. While I prefer the author's supernatural work, I can't ignore the quality of writing in this contemporary thriller/mystery. I did NOT see the second or last twists, which made it all the better. This one wasn't my usual ilk, but I enjoyed it none the less.
Oct 17, 2012 ReaderSP rated it liked it
I'm not sure that I am the right person to review this book as generally I am not a big fan of shorty stories. I do like the idea that you can pick up a book and read a whole story in a couple of minutes but I always feel that they lach depth. There are some really great stories in this book and there are some that are not so great. I liked that the charm braclett was the theme all the way through. Not a bad read but not fab.
Tosca Wijns-Van Eeden
So this book was kind of meant as a chainletter, focussed on 1 object with many different stories.
The object was a bracelet with a curse. Everyone who found it received misfortune in their lives. That was the thought of this book which I did like.
What I hated was the amount of very graphic sex scenes throughout the book. It wasn't just 1 author, it was 75% of them. Also its a neverending story.
Cyn Armistead
Dec 12, 2008 Cyn Armistead rated it did not like it
I hated it. I read the first 3 or so stories, then skipped ahead to Kelley Armstrong's contribution, since she's the only reason I picked up the book.

If you like dark stories, almost horror but no gore, this book is for you. Otherwise, steer clear. I like the idea of interconnected stories, but I don't need so much of the bleak.
Jeanette  "Astute Crabbist"
The quality varied depending on the writer, but I loved the concept. Sixteen different authors contribute a story about a charm bracelet at different periods in time. Some of the authors tied their story in to the story of the writer before them, some didn't. Been a while since I read it, so I can't remember which pieces I liked best. Cool way to put together a book, though.
Dec 03, 2007 Wysterria rated it it was ok
eh. i only read this because karin slaughter's name was attached to it. her short story was decent but most of the others were rather terrible. i would have thought she would have made sure good stories were in there since she had her name on it. or maybe she picked bad ones to make herself look good. ;)
Aug 15, 2013 Caroline rated it really liked it
"Like a Charm" is a great collection of short-stories from writers such as Karin Slaughter, John Connolly, Mark Billingham and Lynda La Plante. A charm braclet is central to all the stories,with each one focusing on a particular charm.
Jennie Mcmichael
Mar 01, 2013 Jennie Mcmichael rated it it was amazing
Lots of great stories in here (and a couple I didn't care for) I particularly enjoyed Emma donaghue's but certainly won't be reading another Sylvia La Plante story. They all flowed well from one to another but stood well as individual stories too.

Very enjoyable and entertaining collection.
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Karin Slaughter is the New York Times and #1 internationally bestselling author of fifteen thrillers, including UNSEEN, CRIMINAL, FALLEN, BROKEN, UNDONE, FRACTURED, BEYOND REACH, TRIPTYCH, FAITHLESS, COP TOWN, and the e-original short stories “Snatched” and “Busted.”

Slaughter was born in a small southern Georgia community, and now resides in Atlanta. She is widely credited with first coining the
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