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BLOOD RUBIES

It would bring bad luck, they said. But she split her pair of ruby earrings and gave one to each of her beautiful twin babies. Within hours she was burned to death in a fire. The twins lived.

KATHERINE

Raised by a poor, childless couple, Katherine was shy and withdrawn, except in her love for the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception. In her heart, Katherine had f
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Paperback, 314 pages
Published April 1st 1982 by Avon Books
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Janie C.
Mar 15, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book begins with a house on fire. Two infant sisters are rescued from the fire and grow up separately, leading completely different lives. But there is a thread that they have in common. They each are determined to get what they want, and no-one will stand in their way. Both girls live double lives without remorse. If they were ever to meet, the outcome could be explosive. Michael McDowell employs his expert skills at driving the reader compulsively through the lives of these two girls who ...more
Char
It was another late night in Char's house! I hit a certain point in this book and knew I wasn't going to be putting it down again until I was done.

In a suburb of Boston a woman gives birth to twin girls in an ugly tenement. She insists the midwife pierce their ears and insert a small ruby earring in each. A few hours later the mother is dead and the twins separated, each without any knowledge of the other. This is the tale of how their separate lives eventually collide.

This book is quick readin
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Kimberly
As much as I wanted to make my last full-length McDowell book last, there came that inevitable point where I simply couldn't tear myself away....

When we begin BLOOD RUBIES, by Michael McDowell, we see the tragedy of a young, unmarried woman giving birth to twin girls. All the poor mother has to give her daughters, are her ruby earrings--passed on for generations to each eldest daughter. Despite her own mother's protestations that separating the pair of jewels will bring severe bad luck, the new
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Maxine Marsh

4.5*

It is always a real treat to get to read a Michael McDowell book for the first time. Blood Rubies did not disappoint!

This is the story of two sisters, twins girls born into bad luck. One grows into a charmed college cutie, the other becomes a devout almost-nun. Along the path to their desires a path of destruction and blood.

I loved that this book wasn't what I had expected it to be. I loved that I couldn't tell what would happen next. And I loved the OH MY GOD moment that left me stunned an
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Ray Smiley
Oct 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
For anyone who hasn't scoured the internet for Michael McDowell books, you may not know that he wrote under numerous pseudonyms. This little gem is well worth getting online...if you can find it. Only two books were written as Axel Young. The first, WICKED STEPMOTHER, was okay, but BLOOD RUBIES is a must for fans of his work. The story is over the top and deliciously campy. A fast paced, absurd soap opera that could have been made into a movie by John Waters. He ranks in my top five favorite hor ...more
Melba
Jun 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Thriller lovers
This book was one I read back in 1982/1983, after receiving it as a gift from my cousin. I wanted to read it again, to see if it was as I remembered it. It was an interesting, but disturbing book, that makes me so thankful that I have never had to experience anything like this in my life. I was shocked & surprised that I could remember what was going to happen before I read it, and I had remembered the story quite well from the first time reading it. I know it may not be what many would read ...more
Zelda Reben
Aug 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely love books about twins-- especially evil twins, and this book tops all that I've read. I had to put it down after about 50 pages for some disturbing images that were provoked about the first twin. HOWEVER, after a few days, the book sat on my bookshelf and whispered to me. I had to continue and push on!

In all of Michael McDowell's books that I've read, there's been a prologue and an epilogue. DON'T SKIP THESE OVER! He actually uses these correctly and they create two wonderful booke
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Kimberly
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
As much as I wanted to make my last full-length McDowell book last, there came that inevitable point where I simply couldn't tear myself away....

When we begin BLOOD RUBIES, by Michael McDowell, we see the tragedy of a young, unmarried woman giving birth to twin girls. All the poor mother has to give her daughters, are her ruby earrings--passed on for generations to each eldest daughter. Despite her own mother's protestations that separating the pair of jewels will bring severe bad luck, the new
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