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Stranglehold by [Ketchum, Jack]
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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2619 KB
  • Print Length: 350 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press; Macabre Ink First Digital edition (3 Jan. 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0050G0V5S
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #247,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This 99p kindle special was my first taste of Jack Ketchum's somewhat dark mind ... and I had trouble putting it down! (Not that I needed to very often - it's actually pretty short).

The story revolves around a woman that's escaped one abusive husband only to get involved with another. I don't want to say too much because if I do it may give away the story, and I think you need to read that for yourself.

Suffice to say that I was sufficiently disturbed by the dark characters Ketchum creates. I found myself rooting for the "good" guys often - unsurprising you might say. True, but what was different here was that I genuinely didn't know who was going to come out on top. Ketchum could easily take you either way and it's only right at the end that the full truth of everything is revealed.

Always nice to find a new author!
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My first encounter with Jack Ketchum's work was reading his novel 'Red'. A somewhat slim book, I finished reading it in one day. You know if a book is going to be worthwhile usually after the first couple of chapters, and the time spent reading 'Red' was thoroughly worthwhile. It still remains one of the best pieces of fiction I have encountered, which brings me to ... 'Only Child'.

Like 'Red', this novel is fairly slim. But that is as it should be. There is no room for wasted words in Jack's writing. He gets to the point quickly and effectively, inviting his readers into a nightmare journey - a mixture of fiction and reality. It is exactly this juxtaposition of taboo realism and carefully crafted fictional characters that lends Jack's writing its uniqueness. He deals with the cruelty and evil inherent in society, bringing such issues to the surface, almost as if he is attempting to release his anger by way of writing.

Violence in 'Only Child' is extreme and, at times, graphically depicted, much like the work of Brian Keene, Richard Laymon, and Edward Lee. Essentially, Jack's horror is about the experiences some people suffer everyday of their lives - people who want to escape from their tormentors but are too terrified to take a stand, because of the consequences should they fail. Lydia McCloud, however, does make a stand.

Married to the fraudulently good-natured Arthur Danse, Lydia soon discovers his dark side. For Danse does not adhere to the rules of society. Undoubtedly disturbed, Danse believes he is here for a reason ... to ensure that he teaches humankind that both fear and pain are necessary, and that he has been chosen to inflict such pain on anyone who refuses his demands.
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An honest look at how the systems in place can often let down victims. The book deals with themes some may find too much... But these cases do happen and I'm glad the author wasn't afraid to address them.
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A truly frightening story; I was glad to finish it as it had me in cold sweat. On the other hand it was so well written, I never wanted it to end...
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Very intelligently written. Loved it from start to finish. Brought forth feelings of great empathy for a woman failed by the system.
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