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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Pocket Books (1 Oct 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671664824
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671664824
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 10.6 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,859,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Guv on 24 Jun 2008
Format: Paperback
I first read this book 18 years ago and had fond memories of it. Indeed, I still have a soft spot for McCammon's early novel today, and I really wanted to give it four stars, but really that would be doing far better books a disservice. The first two-thirds to three-quarters of Bethany's Sin are enjoyable - a slow burner with an eye for detail and no rush by the author to hurry the story along. Not yet, anyway.

Evan Reid, his wife Kay, and their young daughter Laurie move to the titular village of Bethany's Sin. Hardly have they set foot in the door, however, than Evan begins to have nightmares which he deems portentious. His rather annoying wife is rather unsympathetic in that everytime he has one of these "visions" she refduses to listen and insists that Evan's delusions are giving her headaches. Right, thanks for that! And so the story progresses and we learn about the power of the village women over the menfolk, and the best character, the drifter Neely Ames, is introduced. In my opinion, Neely is a far more likeable charecter than Evan, and it might have been a better novel had the book been centred on him instead. There are several rather irritating devices that McCammon uses which would have been better left out, such as the thrice-repeated words which end many a sentence. Also, the main protagonist, Evan, is an idiot! Towards the end of the novel he has ample time and opportunity to act on his very strong suspicions, and yet he would rather do precisely the opposite and endanger his wife by putting her directly in the hands of the people he is terrified of: this is a terrible way in which to create tension, and the ending of the book absolutely beggars belief, with fires a-raging and all Hell let loose as if Evan had suddenly become the star of Die Hard.

So, sadly only three stars, but having said that, had it not been for my soft spot for the book, I may well have given it only two.
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By Amazon Customer on 21 Aug 2014
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You will remember this well told classic Horror story, and you will enjoy it.
Got all those elements most horror readers like; an all American family, a picturesque small town, creepy towns folk and
Bethany's Sin
Robert R. McCammon
is One of his best of the early novels, next was his early great 1970's vampire classic 'They Thirst' . Then his masterpiece, the unforgettable 'Swan Song'. I want a follow up to They Thirst.
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
These are no Wonder Women 23 May 2002
By nusandman - Published on
Format: Paperback
After reading the reviews posted here, I approached Bethany's Sin with a degree of caution as it wasn't that highly rated. But having enjoyed almost every other Robert McCammon book I've read, I didn't think it could be all bad. I'm happy to say that I found this book most enjoyable. Bethany's Sin is a small Pennsylvania town where the main character Evan, his wife Kay, and his daughter Laurie move. It's soon apparent that life in this town is not as quaint and peaceful as it first appeared. Kay begins having horrific and violent nightmares after meeting the towns mayor and primary antagonist, Kathryn Drago. It's up to Evan to unravel the dark secrets of the town before its too late to save himself and his family from the horrors of the coming "killing month". Sin is fairly quick read and has an interesting slant on the legend of the Amazon women and their hostile relationship with men. Some of the descriptions of this are downright brutal. It's a good horror story with some very creepy moments. Well worth reading in my opinion.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
A must read for horror fans! 27 Jun 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
A story line with a difference. Anicent evil, muderous monster women in the night and a great misunderstood hero, who could ask for more. This fast paced horror/thriller really delivers the creeps. You will not be able to put it down. Take a King break and read this book.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
McCammon is always fun to read! 9 April 2004
By Kindle Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Having read nearly every horror authors' works that are available, I always enjoy going back to re-read my favorite three authors: King, Koontz, and McCammon.
Although Bethany's Sin isn't one of my favorite books by Mr. McCammon, it does provide a good evening of steady page-turning with some rather descriptive death scenes and a fast-moving plot that pays homage to an old adage that "one day women will rule over men".
Overall, I do recommend this book, but not nearly as highly as I would "Swan Song", or "Boy's Life".
5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Decent, but all in all void of any true character 13 Oct 1998
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Paperback
Quickly identifiable by McCammon fans as one of his early works, Bethany's Sin lacks the magic and rich character that made Boy's Life and Swan Song such a thrill to read. Having read the other two prior to this, I'd been hoping for something more along those lines. It's the story of a young couple who move to what they think is a normal suburban town, only to find that there's an evil that controls the people of this town. A tired theme in horror, this book doesn't show the range and ability of Robert McCammon. The characters are dull and by the end of the book I found that I really didn't care how it was going to end.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Still worth a read 15 May 2013
By Boz - Published on
Format: Paperback
This may likely be McCammon's weakest but guess what; it's still pretty decent. Robert McCammon is just that good. I would have a real problem NOT recommending any of Robert McCammon's books. I have them all and have read them all more than once. EVERYONE should read Swansong.
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