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Right to Life

3.60  ·  Rating Details  ·  491 Ratings  ·  46 Reviews
When Sara Foster is kidnapped in front of an abortion clinic in broad daylight, taken off a busy Manhattan street by a pair of total strangers -- Stephen and Katherine Teach -- she is three months pregnant with her married lover's child.

Her abductors seem to know that. They also seem to know where she lives, where she teaches, where she was born, who her lover is -- even w
Paperback, 158 pages
Published April 1st 2002 by Gauntlet Press (first published 1998)
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Jul 13, 2015 jasmine rated it it was ok
the first story in this book — the title story — was basically one big run on sentence that was somewhat painful to read. i was irritated by the grammar, the tiny mistakes (switching a wound from the left side of the body to the right, spelling the antagonist's name as steven instead if stephen,) and the overall atmosphere of the writing. it was dull, gray. considering the subject matter, that's really disappointing to have to admit. it ghosted over everything, and felt more like a summary of ev ...more
Felicia A
Jan 31, 2011 Felicia A rated it liked it
If you want to know what this book is about, read this one: and add an abortion clinic.

The names are changed, but the story is nearly the exact same, only in Perfect Victim, it's a true story, and in Right to Life, Ketchum made it all up.

**Here is the description for Perfect Victim:

Hitchhiking from Eugene, Ore., through northern California in 1977, 20-year-old Colleen Stan thumbed a ride into hell. Her kidnappers, a sadistic lumber mill worker, Cameron H
Sep 07, 2011 Debra rated it really liked it
Stephen King recommended author and book. He says: "Who's the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum."
"He is, quite simply, one of the best in the business, on par with Clive Barker, James Ellroy, and Thomas Harris."
“Ketchum has become a kind of hero to those of us who write tales of horror and suspense. He is, quite simply, one of the best in the business.”

Stephen King recommended book. In his book On Writing, published 2000, King says on pages 285-286 (followed by a list from 286
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
How much could you endure if you were being tortured? I know I have a pretty strong pain tolerance but Right to Life(the first story in this novella) is about more than physical pain. It's about the strength of a person's character and her will to live. It is NOT a book about abortion or Pro-choice. The story isn't trying to make a political statement. The abortion (or in this case, the main character being kidnapped on her way to get an abortion) is what is the alleged motivating factor for her ...more
Sep 02, 2014 Rossy rated it it was ok
This book tells us the story of Sara Foster, who gets kidnapped by a horrible couple on her way to an abortion clinic. She's been having an affair with Greg, who is married and has a kid. We don't get much background about them, specially Sara, as I'd liked to.
I was going to say: "Gory stuff doesn't scare me much anymore", but I guess that happened because I expected the ending (kind of), and also because I first thought the couple's ulterior motive was saving the unborn baby from getting aborte
A woman on her way to get an abortion, and a creepy couple kidnap her and make her have it. Who wouldn't want to read this!
Mar 14, 2015 George rated it liked it
Shelves: horror
Πρόκειται για μια μεγάλη σε μέγεθος νουβέλα και όχι για μυθιστόρημα, γι'αυτό και η ελληνική έκδοση έχει και δυο ιστορίες μπόνους στο τέλος, για να μείνει πιο χορτασμένος ο αναγνώστης. Είναι το πέμπτο βιβλίο του Τζακ Κέτσαμ που διαβάζω, μετά το Κορίτσι της διπλανής πόρτας, τη Νεκρή σαιζόν, το Red και το Κρυφτό, και πιάνει την τέταρτη θέση, μιας και σαφώς είναι πιο αδύναμο από τα τρία πρώτα αλλά λίγο καλύτερο από το Κρυφτό.

Η ιστορία είναι απλή και βασίζεται σε αληθινά γεγονότα, ένα ζευγάρι απήγαγ
Dec 26, 2014 Ken rated it liked it
Read as one of two novellas under the Old Flames cover.
Bayan Sindi
Dec 30, 2014 Bayan Sindi rated it it was ok
Usually, I'm a fan of gore and torture. But this one was a MEH to me

I couldn't feel the horrific atmosphere nor the sadistic nature of Stephen and Kath.

Something felt missing :/
Dec 09, 2008 Morbideus rated it it was amazing
I read this story as the second half of "Old Flames". Yes, it was "Torture Porn," but GOOOOOOOD Torture porn....
Jan 01, 2013 Sophia rated it liked it
I requested Right to Life hoping to read more about abortion portrayed in literature, without knowing that Stephen King had decreed that Disney would certainly never make a movie based on a Jack Ketchum novel. Right to Life is a novella inspired by real events about the experiences of a woman kidnapped in front of the abortion clinic by a couple who seems to know the details of her life. Although they are anti-abortion protesters, the man is best described as a sexual sadist with a submissive ac ...more
Shadow Girl
Jun 08, 2014 Shadow Girl rated it really liked it
I liked this book, but the entire time I was reading it - I kept comparing it to Perfect Victim: The True Story of "The Girl in the Box". The stories aren't just similar - some details are practically identical (once artistic license is removed).
Colleen Stan was threatened with stories of 'The Organization', and the head-box was so detailed that it couldn't have been from anywhere else.
It's a good story, but the true story of Colleen Stan is horrifying.
If you're a fan of True Crime, read Perfec
Laura Elisabeth
This book was so freaky, full on torture, kidnapping gory stuff!!! Not for the faint hearted but horror fans will love this. Did I mention its by Jack Ketchum, one of my favourite spooky horror writers!! This book also included bonus material, so an extra two mini stories which were also pretty good.
Jan 21, 2016 Thomas rated it it was ok
Shelves: dark, thriller, re-read, 2016
Sara Foster. She's an ex-wife, mother to a son who died at six years old several years ago, lover to a married man, and pregnant with his child. For a variety of reasons, she's decided not to keep the baby. The day she goes to the clinic, though, she's kidnapped by a pro-life couple who are determined to see her through to keeping her child.

Right to Life feels like a throw-back to The Girl Next Door. Both stories involve a woman, captive, suffering torture at the whims of a psychopath. The stori
Jul 29, 2015 Sarah rated it liked it
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kostas  vamvoukakis
Sep 02, 2015 kostas vamvoukakis rated it really liked it
για αλλη μια φορα ο κετσαμ παιζει με τα νευρα και τα ορια μου. η βασικη ιστορια εξαιρετικη ....οι δυο μικροτερες απλα καλες. παντως βρισκω αρκετα κοινα με το κορτσι της διπλανης πορτας...αξιζει
Rob Boley
Jul 10, 2014 Rob Boley rated it it was amazing
In Right To Life, Ketchum gives us a hard premise: a pregnant woman named Sara kidnapped in front of an abortion clinic by two pro-choice extremists, Stephen and Katherine. These two lunatics essentially plan to hold Sara captive long enough for her baby to be born and then dispose of her. Of course, the couple's real motivation isn't their beliefs but rather Stephen's twisted need to control and dominate. Right to Life is a rough read, but Ketchum does an admirable job of getting into the chara ...more
Mar 01, 2011 Teresa rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
this was a bonus novella found at the end of Old Flames. disturbing is all I can say.
Apr 04, 2008 Pete rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: adults-section
This shit is not nice.
May 02, 2014 chucklesthescot rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction, horror
Sara and her married lover run the gauntlet of hate outside an abortion clinic. On the day of the abortion she is kidnapped by activists to be a human slave, abused and tortured and made to have her baby.

I love Jack Ketchum's writing-the brilliant Off Season being one of my favourite horror books. But this one just left me cold. I'm used to reading violence of all kinds so I wasn't shocked or offended by it-I was just left thinking that I didn't like it much as a piece of writing.

Sara is a bit o
Daniel Russell
Nov 06, 2010 Daniel Russell rated it it was amazing
It can be very easy to typecast writers, especially horror writers. Peter Benchley wrote Jaws and The Deep and was from then on marine-horror guy. Can it be that to read two books with a similar theme by the same author means to place them in a box? If so, I hope readers thinking of sampling the works of Jack Ketchum will swap and choose. Should you read Offspring and Off Season, both great reads, one might think that Ketchum is cannibal-guy. In this case, should the two books in question be The ...more
Ioanna Papantoniou
Μυθιστόρημα που διαβάζεται εντός μίας ώρας ή είναι πολύ καλό ή δεν είναι μυθιστόρημα.
Στην περίπτωσή μας, απλά δεν είναι μυθιστόρημα. Είναι ελάχιστα μεγαλύτερο από ένα μέσο διήγημα και με περισσότερα ελαττώματα από αυτό.

Το πρόβλημα που έχουν τα διηγήματα είναι πώς (λόγω έκτασης) πολλές φορές δεν εξηγούν όλα όσα θα ήθελε ο αναγνώστης. Οι καλοί διηγηματογράφοι ξέρουν πώς αυτό μπορεί να γυρίσει υπέρ τους και το αξιοποιούν κατάλληλα.

Αυτό δε συνέβη εδώ. Όχι ότι θα ήθελα περισσότερη περιγραφή. Η αλήθει
Feb 19, 2015 Elgalla rated it liked it
I love Jack Ketchum's horror profoundly; I think, in fact, he's probably one of my favourite contemporary horror writers. I do believe, though, that the novel is the form that better suits him and compliments his uncanny talent for emotional terror and, to that respect, Right to Life lacks the raw power of The Girl Next Door or Off Season. It is, however, a satisfying short read that leaves you hungry for more.
William M.
Jun 29, 2011 William M. rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
While there's nothing supernatural in Jack Ketchum's terrifying thriller, Right To Life, the monster in this tale - like most of his work - is all too real, taken right from the headlines of today's news. At first, I was hooked on the mystery of why this innocent woman was kidnapped and wanted to know more about her kidnappers and their motives. However, the reasoning behind their actions didn't seem as effective as it could have been. Maybe that was an easier way out instead of writing about so ...more
Ricardo Moreno mauro
En este libro J Ketchum nos mueve al interior del mundo de una pareja que, buscando un hijo, secuestra a una mujer embarazada y la mantiene cautiva en su casa. No contentos con eso, ellos la flagelan a diarion y le realizan distintos tipos de torturas sexuales. En este libro Ketchum plante el problema de la maternidad, el aborto y del cuestiado derecho a la maternidad.
Jessica Hodgkinson
Aug 17, 2015 Jessica Hodgkinson rated it it was amazing
This book is not for people with weak stomachs. I love the book personally, you have to be a real fan of horror, and expect a lot of shocking moments in the book. Great read for me.
Chloe Wild
Jul 15, 2014 Chloe Wild rated it it was ok
Didn't really enjoy this, just seemed to be shocking for the sake of shocking, don't get me wrong I love disturbing and dark books but there was no real reason or depth to it.
Jul 20, 2014 Dana rated it liked it
Gory horror, not one of my favorites. But does have a more predictable ending than most of Ketchum's novels.
Josh Caporale
Jan 19, 2015 Josh Caporale rated it did not like it
Would be zero stars if there was an option.
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Jack Ketchum is the pseudonym for a former actor, singer, teacher, literary agent, lumber salesman, and soda jerk -- a former flower child and baby boomer who figures that in 1956 Elvis, dinosaurs and horror probably saved his life. His first novel, Off Season, prompted the Village Voice to publicly scold its publisher in print for publishing violent pornography. He personally disagrees but is per ...more
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