Friday, June 26, 2009


Author: Rodman Philbrick
Title: Coffins
Number of Pages: 318
First Publication: 2002
Genre: Fiction

Physician Davis Bentwood, making a lengthy housecall at the Coffin family mansion on the coast of Maine, finds the newborn grandson of Captain Cash Coffin, stiff and cold as a block of ice, in a cradle not ten feet from a roaring fire. Young Davis can find no medical explanation for the baby's death.
After a mysterious accident at the family shipyard caused the simultaneous death of his twin sons, Cash Coffin locked himself in study, and threatened to shoot anyone who approached. Cash's youngest son, the dwarf Jebediah, has asked his old friend Davis to try to help the old man.
Another Coffin son, an experienced ship's master, dies at sea in a freak accident that defies a natural explanation. And on a moonless night, Davis Bentwood is awakened by an eerie light that leads him to the Coffin family's darkest secret.
Cash Coffin traded in slaves.
Davis Bentwood's blood-chilling discovery holds the key to the family's destruction. Can the ancient evil being visited upon the Coffins be stopped?"

Coffins was extremely dry! It took forever to pick up and to actually get to why the Coffin's were cursed.
Although once the book got into the heart of the families problem it was pretty good, it just took awhile to get to that point.
Sadly I didn't find any of the characters to be very memorable (it's been a bit since I've read this book)
 If you don't like gory details of brutal deaths I would recommend passing up on this book, but if that kind of thing doesn't bother you feel free to read it for yourself.

1 out of 5 pineapples.
Dame Orchid

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