Jack Ketchum & Lucky McKee
Cemetery Dance Publications
January 30, 2012 / ISBN 978-1587672538
by Beverly J. Rowe
Stephen King called Jack Ketchum the scariest guy in America. Without
resorting to the supernatural vampires and zombies, Ketchum can
make you double lock your doors and leave the lights on.
A tribe of feral cannibals have hunted on the Maine coast for years,
but the Woman is the only survivor of her tribe. She is wounded,
weak, and vulnerable, but she's found refuge in a cave overlooking
the sea. Christopher Cleek, a man with dark secrets, sees her bathing
in a stream one day while he's out hunting. He realizes that she
is a wild savage and follows her to the cave.
Strange ideas populate his head... he will capture the Woman, lock
her in his cellar, and tame her, with the help of his wife and children.
Cleek's family is reluctant to come near the Woman, but Cleek rules
his family with an iron hand, and they fear him too much to refuse.
But very soon the question will become: Who is more savage, the
captive, or her jailor.
This story is filled with brutality and savage action... a rare
look into the mind of a psychopath. The characters are compelling,
if not exactly lovable. Each character has his/her own agenda and
it is impossible to guess how this story is going to end. Ketchum
and McKee know how to make you keep reading, even if you are not
sure you even want to know what happens next. The story comes to
a surprising, but satisfying conclusion.
(The Bonus Novella: Cow by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee
takes place a year after the novel ends....Oh, boy!)