Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Thursday, July 31, 2014

The Woman by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee


The Woman is the powerful story of the last survivor of a feral tribe of cannibals who have terrorized the east coast from Maine into Canada for years now. Badly wounded in a battle with police, she takes refuge in a cave overlooking the sea. Christopher Cleek is a slick, amoral — and unstable — country lawyer who, out hunting one day, sees her bathing in a stream. Fascinated, he follows her to her cave. Cleek has many dark secrets and to these he’ll add another. He will capture her, lock in his fruit cellar, and tame her, civilize her. To this end he’ll enlist his long-suffering wife Belle, his teenage son and daughter Brian and Peg, and even his little girl Darlin’, to aid him. So the question becomes, who is more savage? The hunter or the game?


Since I am still thinking about this story weeks after completing the book, I give The Woman by Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee 5 roses. Depending on the type of horror story you like, “The Woman” is a book you will want to read if you plan to feel repulsion and disgust for days after you have put the book down. There is not a lot of blood and gore, so if that is what you like in your horror stories; it may not be what you are looking for.

This story is about a woman from a primitive past who is found by a man while out in the woods. He brings the woman home to his family, and the horror begins. Due to the behaviors of the father, it is very believable that members of the family would allow these events to occur.

While this is an extreme example, I consider the book to be about the primitive past encountering the present showing that humanity and cognitive development have not progressed as much as one would think.

Length: 336 Pages
Print: $ 26.00
Digital: $4.99

You’ll notice we always include the publisher’s buy link. That’s because authors usually receive 40% of the book price from the publisher. Editors and cover artists usually receive about 5%. When you buy a book from Amazon, Barnes & Noble or another third-party vendor, they take a hefty cut and the author, editors and cover artists receive their cuts from what is left. So, if a book costs $5.99 at E-Book and you buy from there, the author will receive about $2.40. If you buy the book at Amazon, the author will receive about $0.83.

Downloading the file from your computer to your Kindle is as easy as transferring any file from your computer to a USB flash drive. Plug the larger USB end of your chord into a USB port on your computer and simply move the file from your “Downloads” box to your Kindle/Documents/Books directory. You can download your books onto your computer using “Save As” to a “Books” file you create and sort them into sub-folders by genre, author, or however you wish before transferring them to your Kindle. That way, if there’s a glitch with your Kindle, the books are on your computer. Your author will be happy you did when he/she sees his/her royalty statement.

Thanks for visiting. Rose Julie & Rochelle

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