Old Flames

Old Flames

by Jack Ketchum
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Old Flames by Jack Ketchum

When her lover betrays her and dumps her coldly, Dora's mind begins to crack. She tracks down her old high school love to recapture what she might have had. He's married with a family, but Dora isn't about to let that stop her . . .

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ISBN-13: 9780843959994
Publisher: Leisure Books
Publication date: 05/27/2008
Pages: 352
Product dimensions: 4.10(w) x 6.70(h) x 0.90(d)

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Old Flames 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Lindsie More than 1 year ago
Jack Ketchum has some great books, "The Girl Next Door." and "The Lost." When I picked up "Old Flames" I was expecting it to be in the neighborhood of these two. Sadly it wasnt. It was really short and it got to the point way to fast. He did not build up suspense and it ended to quickly. I think it would have been a great novel if he put in the amount of effort that he put in for "The Girl Next Door" and "The Lost."
harstan More than 1 year ago
¿Old Flames¿. In Manhattan Owen dumps his lover Dora Welles by message. She confronts him and the married with children Owen admits he found someone else to be his lover. Dora destroys some of his prized possessions like a seventeenth century vase. At a bar she meets Estha from her high school class of twenty-five years ago. Estha says she hired a private detective who found her teen boyfriend Ralphie. Dora decides to do like wise she hires Flame Finders Joseph Ledo who quickly locates Jim Welbourne, an attorney with a wife and kids living in California. Dora goes west to see if he is the one. If not she will assume her significant other was her late cat Lawrence but if yes his family will be collateral damage.---------------- ¿Right to Life¿. In1998 Manhattan married with a son Greg Glover is worried about his pregnant lover Sara Foster as he takes her for an abortion. He knows she lost a child in a lake accident that also ended her marriage. He drops her off near the clinic while he goes to park the car. When he arrives at the clinic after dodging the picket line, he asks for Sara, but she has not checked in. He franticly looks for her and obtains help from the cops, but Sara is nowhere. Panicked Greg knows this is not like Sara what he does not know is Sara is wakening up in a ¿prison¿ cell in New Jersey having been abducted by the picketers.--------------------- These are two well written exciting psychological horror thrillers that put twists on seemingly everyday people. Readers will appreciate Jack Ketchum¿s shockers that take adverse relationships plausibly further than one would expect.----------- Harriet Klausner
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Kasia_S More than 1 year ago
After reading Ketchum's gross fest masterpiece "Off Season" and its sequel "Offspring" I was always under the impression that his works were all about psychical terror, tearing out limbs and such, but this novel surprised me, it gave me a glimpse of his writer's mind and the way he toys with stories and ideas. I am not saying that icky things aren't happening here, they are but along a different story line, this time the evil people are seemingly average folks and not cannibals who live in caves...unfortunately death sucks no matter how pretty or polite the killer is. The book is composed of two novellas. First is about Dora, a woman who never found happiness with men ( mostly on her own accord) and they way she choose a better way to quench her thirst for closure and the other about Sara, who gets kidnapped on her way to the abortion clinic. Both are pretty short but there is some meat in each one, my favorite was the second even though it was more ruthless and insane, the first is more like a nightly news story gone psycho but the second one gave me chills. I enjoyed them both but usually I prefer longer novels and I think both would benefit from some stretching. I never felt that Dora was as crazy as the words made her, it seemed like I was supposed to be scared of her because I was told to, not because she was indeed insane. Sara on the other had more of my sympathy; I just wish the ending was longer, the buildup was so good that I wished for more. Her capturers were indeed two loons who were in a huge need of a gluteus maximus kicking and Ketchum did a good job of making me furious at them. Overall this was a fun and super fast read. I think its interesting how he made Dora the menace and Sara the tortured one, two sides of a female that join in one novel, kinda neat. - Kasia S.
SK-fan More than 1 year ago
I agree with other reviewers in the respect that the end was a little quick. It felt abrupt, for me. I did really enjoy the read. It's not my absolute favorite book, but it gripped by attention for sure! It was quite elicit in its sexuality on several occasions and I will be cautious to whom I recommend this one, but it was worth my time.
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