- File Size: 625 KB
- Print Length: 395 pages
- Publisher: 47North; Reprint edition (July 30, 2013)
- Publication Date: July 30, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00DXXNWX8
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #343,080 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Lost is a fantastic tale told in Ketchum's patented straight-forward way. He captures small town America. The characters are amazingly realistic and feel like you know someone exactly like them. When I say Ray is a nutcase, I mean it. On the surface, to the people that don't really know him, he only seems like a harmless hood. But his evil is constantly simmering under a lid that is barely on and just waiting to go flying off. Those are the scariest kind of monsters. Realistic and unassuming until one day...BLAM! Ketchum does an amazing job ratcheting up the dread until the final act. If you haven't read Ketchum yet, this one isn't a bad one to start off with. Pick it up. You won't be disappointed.
4 1/2 Bullets through the Eye out of 5
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It started as the synopsis states, Ray kills 2 girls in a campground while his bestfriend and girlfriend look on. Brutal beginning. Then flash foward a couple of years to burned out cops who couldn't ever convict the guy and how they couldn't get over it. Hmmm, drags a little. Then we see how Ray and pals are doing, he's a crazy smug little b@$t@rd and Tim and Jennifer are pretty well pathetic. It drags a little more.
I put this one down for about a month when I was half-way through. Then I said to myself, 'well, lets see where he was going with this...'
About halfway through this book, it kicks into high-gear and you see where Ketchum was going with all this extra character development. You need to understand how everyone in town interacts with and relates to Ray to get the full impact of the emotional explosion.
Someone once told me, that when you have to deal with a crazy person daily (friend, family member, whatever..) that you begin to alter your normal behavior to adjust to the insane behavior, and then you begin to act insane as well, just so you won't have to deal with changing or rocking the boat. Then it spreads and you have an entire group of people that display varying degrees of insane behavior until the original lunatic goes too far for anyone to be able to ignore it anymore. This book is about a town doing just that, they go along and cope with Ray each in their own way until he explodes and ruins all of their lives, not just the 2 girls at the beginning. They were the tip of the iceberg.
Long story short: If you can trudge your way through the set-up, you get a Hell of a reward at the end.
You can't pick up a Jack Ketchum novel and expect light reading. Ketchum specializes in realistic horror and he will not flinch or turn away or cop-out. This doesn't always make his books very easy to read. But if you know what you're getting into and are prepared to hold on for the ride, you'll be subjected to a level of horror that just does not exist elsewhere in the publishing world right now. I'd liken the experience of a Ketchum novel to riding a rollercoaster--once you're strapped in and climbing that first hill, it's too late to do much but go along for the ride.
This is a good book--it is slow-moving to begin with, but there's a reason for that, as Ketchum develops and creates a cast of believable, realistic, human characters. We see their motivations and their thoughts/feelings, which makes what happens later on that much more affecting. Regardless of this slow start, I was held riveted to the book and could not stop reading until it was finished. It isn't quite up there in the same league as _The Girl Next Door_ or _Stranglehold_, Ketchum's most appalling books, but it is certainly one of his best novels and deserves to be read. Just be careful and know what it is you're getting yourself into.
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He makes quite a character with his woman's make up, his dyed and styled hair, his boots full of beer cans to look taller, his gait, a very unsavory person. But in spite of this strange appearance, he is no drag queen, all the contrary, he makes clear from the very first lines that he detests gays. A disgusting person.
But why is he like this, what is wrong with him, what makes him what he is, we'll never know.
The others are either passive and silly, or nymphomaniac, all of them drink and consume dope.
So much for the flower power era that sometimes makes me dream and imagine an epoch full of hope and expectation. This is the dark side of it, the era of satanic cults (Manson's family), of young people dying at war... Ketchum recreates the epoch very well, and as always he is quite litterate that's why I give four stars.
At least, it didn't traumatize me like '' '' only child'' and' 'the girl next door' 'did. I felt little empathy for the victims, contrary to what I felt for Robert, Lydia, Meg and Susan. We don' t have to know the victims well enough, and those we know a little, like Jennifer, or Katherine, are not that sympathetic. Only perhaps Elise and Lisa.
On the other hand, as an animal lover and cat owner, I liked the success story of the abandoned cat who finds a good home, though I fail to see how it fits into the story. Perhaps to make the policeman even nicer and decent, and Ray, who attempts (unsuccesfully) to kill the cat with his car, even more disgusting by comparison.
Forgive my English, I am French
Good things come to those that wait and this book is a testament to just that.
At around the 300 page mark retired police officer, Ed Anderson goes grocery shopping and the author takes us along for the ride. Taking painstaking details to a whole new level, we watch as Ed grabs all the ingredients needed to make his infamous seafood Bouillabaisse. Then just as you thought the thrill ride was over we are thrown back into the crossfire as Ed prepares the Bouillabaisse, once again each step- from preparation until the big reveal- is pounded into the reader's brain so that by the time you are finished you are left drained and salivating; with a feeling of unspeakable hunger that can only be quashed by one thing: Seafood Bouillabaisse.
For aficionados of the Jamie Oliver and Gordon Ramsay cook books
NOT for the faint of heart or those with dull palates.
And that seems to be the case with a lot of Ketchum novels. I'll be honest and say that I find it distasteful that somebody should write up real life atrocities and sell them in this way.
I buy horror stories for escapism not to confronted by the real evil in people.
Somebody had this on their list of top horror stories of the new millennium, I respectfully disagree.