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Stranglehold

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

    Hard to put down

    I have been itching to read this book ever since I read The Girl Next Door. I finally managed to get my hands on a copy. Even though the electronic version said this book is 771 pages long, I ate it up. I could not tear my eyes away from it. The pages flew by. And the deeper I got into this book the more I was sure I didn't like it. This is about Arthur, a sick twisted pig of a man, Lydia, the poor foolish woman that falls in love with the monster, and Robert, the offspring of the two. There are spoilers following so stop reading if you don't want to know. Arthur soon starts molesting Robert. He's raping the boy a lot. When Lydia finds out she files for divorce and begins the battle to have Arthur punished. During all this young girls are being found dead, nailed to trees, raped, beaten. It never says Arthur is the murderer, but he is, I'm sure of it. As this book comes to the end and the tension builds, I was really rooting for Lydia when she goes to Arthur's parents house to take Robert. When she shoots the pig and his father I couldn't read fast enough. It's the following pages that really ticked me off. Again, spoilers here, after everything this monster has done, the confession from the child on video tape, the fact that he shot Lydia, they charge her with murder, she gets life in prison and her poor abused boy, Robert, has to grow up with the very woman that raised Arthur and turned him into the monster he became.

    Now when I say I didn't like this book, I mean it made me sick that this woman was done so wrong by the very justice system that is supposed to protect us. She did what any good mother would/should have done. And for what? This book was captivating, a page turner, I'd not read it again, and I recommend for anyone with stomach enough to handle a store about a child molester.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2014

    Keeps you thinking

    This is probably the saddest book ive read

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  • Posted December 28, 2012

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    This is a very serious book, and so I was surprised it was autho

    This is a very serious book, and so I was surprised it was authored by Jack Ketchum! However, I will say he gets an A+ for this work because it is very hard to put down- even though readers may want to due to the subject matter. I would highly recommend this book to all fans of Ketchum. The subject matter is touchy for many people, however, Ketchum really seems to portray the legal system quite well. A++++

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 9, 2012

    First rate author

    This is a great book. This is also psychological hor.ror on a sensitive subject which is child abuse. This story had me from page 1 and i read it in one sitting. Mr Ketchum is not afraid to take very real horror that happens in the world today and write a serious dark twisted story. There was just no happy ending in sight for this novel but if you love psychological horror and can deal with the reality of it Jack Ketchum is the author you want to read. The best money you could spend is on this authors work. "THE WOMAN" is another fantastic read.

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  • Posted August 30, 2012

    MR. KETCHUM!!!! This is the second book I have read of his...


    MR. KETCHUM!!!!


    This is the second book I have read of his..... I have to say that both books were pretty disturbing reads... HE does not believe in justice at all..... He will not give you the relief your waiting for, the happy ever after ending. Hell no, not Ketchum. He will take you on a adventure that is most disturbing, and taboo and then leave you in total shock at the bitter end. I'm going to get another one of his books, off season I just hope this one does not invole child abuse..uggggg

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 12, 2011

    Hard to put down but was expecting more.

    Big build up with a little let down. Not the most memorable.

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