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Twist of Fate: the Locket (The Blackstone chronicles) [Mass Market Paperback]

John Saul
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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 86 pages
  • Publisher: Fawcett; First Edition edition (1 Jun 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0449227847
  • ISBN-13: 978-0449227848
  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 11.4 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,689,760 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Born in Pasadena, California, John Saul attended college in California, Montana, and Ohio but never obtained a degree. His debut hit, Suffer the Children, was the first in a long line of bestsellers that have been published worldwide. His novel Cry for the Strangers was made into a TV movie, and he has written several one-act plays that have been produced in Los Angeles and Seattle. A winner of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Northwest Writers Conference, John is actively involved in the development of other writers. He splits his time between Seattle and Hawaii, where he enjoys golf, bridge, and cooking.

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Synopsis

His career as president of the First National Bank threatened by a troubling audit, Jules Hartwick is further disturbed when he receives a mysterious silver locket that, once opened, sets off a terrifying chain of events, in the second of a six-part serial saga. Original.

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Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the small town of Blackstone, U.S.A., some great wrongs have been done behind the walls of the Blackstone Asylum. We've had cursed object stories dating back centuries, and now, John Saul has written a novel that is being serialized in six monthly parts on how somebody is using cursed objects to extract vengeance on the descendents and surviving employees of the Asylum.

In "Twist Of Fate: The Locket", the second installment of "The Blackstone Chronicles" the object is a locket that had to be extracted via vivisection from a delusional paranoid woman's intestinal tract after she had swallowed it. This locket will be delivered, in the dead of night to Jules Hartwick, who is the owner and president of the First National Bank Of Blackstone, after one of his dinner parties, and he will immediately be changed by it. He becomes withdrawn and cartoonishly paranoid, his once loving marriage immediately begins to dissolve, and it becomes hellish for him. He begins to believe that his wife Madeline is having an affair with Andrew Sterling, who is his loans officer and his daughter Celeste's fiancé. He can't work, as he starts believing his secretary is trying to poison him, his employees are conspiring against him, and everybody is watching him. It's not helping that he is also having some real banking problems as he is being audited because of some impractical banking practices.

We begin to see a pattern here, as we find out that Jules mother had once been an asylum gray lady.

Meanwhile, Oliver Metcalf, the novel's central character, and who is also the publisher and editor of "The Blackstone Chronicle", Blackstone's weekly newspaper, is becoming closer to Rebecca Morrison, the town's assistant librarian.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I turned the pages to this one. 5 Mar 1998
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This is not literature. But it certainly is entertainment. I think it's about as much fun figuring out what is going to happen next and how the past effects the present. Who will die next? Who will get those awful gifts? Keep 'em coming.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not again! 5 Aug 1997
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Dear Mr. Saul, the story itself is quite suitable for a horror-novel but why did you have to repeat exactly the same story as in part one? You just changed the gift, the family and the way the person(s) get killed. This is not enough. I hope this series improves soon...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light, but dark. 27 Jun 1997
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am not acustomed too reading horror books, so I may not do Saul justice with my critisism. I should also admit that this is the second book of his that I have read, so I can't dislike them that much. Still, Saul's prose is heavy and his use of adjectives excessive. The plot has some definite and obvious holes, which pull the reader out of the moment the author is trying to create. Apart from this, the book entertains. The story moves quickly and seems to cover all the requirements of the genre. It is not extrodinary, but I think that it would be just about right for a shortish plane ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Twist of Fate: The Locket 23 May 2001
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A new curse has come upon Blackstone. Jules Hartwick finds a locket in his wifes car. He becomes very jealous and nervous thinking everyone is after him. Could the locket have something to do with the way he is acting or did he just have a nervous breakdown. Is Jules so insane he might kill? To find out you should read this book. It is one part of a great mystery unfolding in Blackstone. Who will be the next vivtim to this insanity that has befallen Blackstone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lorena's spell on the locket 18 Oct 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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Better than the first story in the Blackstone Chronicles. More frightening too because it didn't turn out as I expected. They did rush Jules into madness a little too fast. It would've been better if after he got "the locket" that he slowly became paranoid. Not in just one big dose. Still better than the first. --NA
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3.0 out of 5 stars Light, but dark. 27 Jun 1997
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I am not acustomed too reading horror books, so I may not do Saul justice with my critisism. I should also admit that this is the second book of his that I have read, so I can't dislike them that much. Still, Saul's prose is heavy and his use of adjectives excessive. The plot has some definite and obvious holes, which pull the reader out of the moment the author is trying to create. Apart from this, the book entertains. The story moves quickly and seems to cover all the requirements of the genre. It is not extrodinary, but I think that it would be just about right for a shortish plane ride
3.0 out of 5 stars I guess I expected more 23 Mar 2012
By Reflections of a BookWorm - Published on Amazon.com
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This is the second part of the Blackstone Chronicles, it starts very much like the first a mysterious figure leaves a memento from the asylum for someone to find. The object then causes chaos for that particular family last time it was a doll and this time it is a locket that causes the one in possession of it, in this case Jules Hartwick the owner of the First National of Blackstone, to become excessively paranoid. This book is extremely fast paced the entire thing takes place in the matter of a couple of days, the suspenseful parts occur only in one day. I personally don't mind the time frame, but considering it only took me about three hours to finish it I would probably be extremely upset if I had to wait for another installment after this. All in all I wasn't impressed by the story as much as the first section of this story line. To me this part was not very scary or even "spooky," at best I would label it a Thriller.
3.0 out of 5 stars "A scream of terror erupted from her throat, shattering the silence in the house, only to be cut off a second later. . ." 18 Sep 2011
By Mark Louis Baumgart - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Mass Market Paperback
In the small town of Blackstone some great wrongs have been done behind the walls of the Blackstone Asylum. We've had cursed object stories dating back centuries, and now, John Saul has written a novel that is being serialized in six monthly parts on how somebody is using cursed objects to extract vengeance on the descendents and surviving employees of the Asylum.

In "Twist Of Fate: The Locket", the second installment of "The Blackstone Chronicles" the object is a locket that had to be extracted via vivisection from a delusional paranoid woman's intestinal tract after she had swallowed it. This locket will be delivered, in the dead of night to Jules Hartwick, who is the owner and president of the First National Bank Of Blackstone, after one of his dinner parties, and he will immediately be changed by it. He becomes withdrawn and cartoonishly paranoid, his once loving marriage immediately begins to dissolve, and it becomes hellish for him. He begins to believe that his wife Madeline is having an affair with Andrew Sterling, who is his loans officer and his daughter Celeste's fiancé. He can't work, as he starts believing his secretary is trying to poison him, his employees are conspiring against him, and everybody is watching him. It's not helping that he is also having some real banking problems as he is being audited because of some impractical banking practices.

We begin to see a pattern here, as we find out that Jules mother had once been an asylum gray lady.

Meanwhile, Oliver Metcalf, the novel's central character, and who is also the publisher and editor of "The Blackstone Chronicle", Blackstone's weekly newspaper, is becoming closer to Rebecca Morrison, the town's assistant librarian. Unfortunately Rebecca, who has had an accident in the past, is in the charge of her Aunt Martha Wells, a totally cartoonishly twisted Christian who sees sin and corruption is everything. She does not approve of her niece getting friendly with anybody, much less Oliver, whose sister had a very mysterious death.

As in the first episode, mayhem will ensue the possession of the cursed object, and here Jules become totally unhinged. With this episode Saul is starting to develop his main characters more, and we are left wondering who will be next.

This episode gets three and half stars, and I'm rounding upwards, because of its quick pace and the intrigue of whom the mysterious character is, and why is he sending out these cursed objects. The trouble is that the episodes have yet to stand out in any sense so far as to be memorable unto THEMSELVES, and not just because they are part of a larger whole, and the characters have yet to be anything more than standard issue. Still, the mystery is becoming more and more intriguing. I will keep reading.

For this site I have all six of these volumes in this series:

The Blackstone Chronicles #1: Eye for an Eye: The Doll (Blackstone Chronicles).
The Blackstone Chronicles #2: Twist of Fate: The Locket (Blackstone Chronicles).
The Blackstone Chronicles #3: Ashes to Ashes: The Dragon's Flame (Blackstone Chronicles, Part 3).
The Blackstone Chronicles #4: In the Shadow of Evil: The Handkerchief (Blackstone Chronicles).
The Blackstone Chronicles #5: Day of Reckoning: The Stereoscope (Blackstone Chronicles, Part 5).
The Blackstone Chronicles #6: Asylum (Blackstone Chronicles) (No 6).
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