I'm very surprised at some of the lousy reviews that this novel has had. But that's people for you, I guess.
Well, I'm going to give it a five star rating and it was well worthy of that.
Jack Ketchum has a brilliant style that basically bridges a gab between the dark thriller and pure horror. And for me, that's a nice approach. I liked his highly plausible characters and the story actually has dragged together bits and bobs of actual spree killing cases. And when you read this novel you could imagine this happening. It doesn't have a silly, comic-strip feel to it like some horror writers have. Instead, what you have is a real scary journey of chaos and carnage and its a real page turner as the plot unfolds.
A couple are abducted by a psychopath who makes them watch his murderous crimes and vendetta against innocent society. The story is brutal, gory, and you can take it either as a thriller or as a horror novel. But then, that is up to you.
I loved his novels: 'The Lost and 'Red', and both made a great impact on me both as a reader and also, as a writer myself of such fiction. And Jack really has written some fine fiction indeed. I could write a more in-depth review of this novel but I really don't want to spoil it for anyone. That wouldn't be fair. But all I can conclude on is that I loved it and it is a must for fans of Jack.
Full marks - loved it!
- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: 47north (31 March 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477833390
- ISBN-13: 978-1477833391
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
- Boxed-product Weight: 454 g
- Customer Reviews: 21 customer ratings
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 362,371 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)