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She Wakes

3.02 of 5 stars 3.02  ·  rating details  ·  382 ratings  ·  31 reviews

Greece. Ancient land of mystery, legend and myth. It is here that businessman Jordan Chase visits an historic tomb, only to experience a dark vision of the future. And it is here, amidst the beauty of the landscape, that Lelia, a gorgeous but dangerous woman, befriends a group of tourists. to lure them into a nightmare of pain and terror. She lives to seduce and destroy,

Mass Market Paperback, 355 pages
Published September 7th 2004 by Leisure Books (first published March 1st 1989)
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Don't be fooled by my rating on this one, that's just my personal enjoyment of the genre, but it's actually pretty good. At the end of this edition there's a note where the author criticizes his own work rather harshly, and it was reading that note that I realized how good the book was, mostly because the things he was apologizing for were just little details that didn't affect the overall product at all.

I've been wanting to read something by Ketchum for a while now, and I chose this one over Th
Unfairly maligned by many, this book is a nice little thrill ride. Generally, people pick up a Ketchum novel for the shock value and to see just how far he will push the artistic envelope. Many of his books would be pure sleaze if it wasn't for the fact that he is a brilliant writer and capable of mining artistic value out of even the most disturbing subject matter. On that account, She Wakes is a disappointment to many, in that it's a bit more mainstream than his usual fare (still violent as he ...more
Όχι το καλύτερο βιβλίο του Κέτσαμ, γράφτηκε ακριβώς πριν το The girl next door.
Με φόντο τα Ελληνικά νησιά (Μάταλα, στην Κρήτη, Μύκονος, Δήλος) γύρω από την περίοδο του Πάσχα, μια (διαταραγμένη) γυναίκα μπλέκει με μια ομάδα τουριστών, ενώ ένας αμερικάνος τηλεπαθητικός νιώθει κάτι να τον καλεί στις Μυκήνες και από εκεί στη Δήλο.
Ο Κέτσαμ εδώ πιάνει τον υπερφυσικό τρόμο με το χαρακτηριστικό ύφος του. Το βιβλίο αργεί να πάρει μπροστά, ξεκινόντας με το γνώριμο συναίσθημα ότι κάτι πάει στραβά, η ένταση
Rob Boley
I've read a lot of Jack Ketchum's novels, but this is the first story that dabbled in the supernatural. Everything else I've read has been rooted in gritty reality, so I was curious to see how he'd approach the otherworldly. He didn't let me down. His resurrected antagonist, Lelia, taps into ancient mythological powers, but the magic is rooted in current events (at the time) and fascinating history. It all feels real.

The narrative bounces back and forth thoughtfully between the perspectives of t
Erin (*is in a reviewing slump*)
Ketchum, not one to delve into supernatural too often, goes way out there with a plot that’s as unique as it is odd. The story itself was intriguing, with a multitude of bizarre circumstances and horrid tortures. The ending is a mixture of supernatural elements, old world mythology, ancient battles of good and evil, and the ultimate, get down and dirty, brawl. Even though this book excels in its theme and story, it never gets past the ‘mediocre’ line. It held my interest enough to keep me readin ...more
Jan 10, 2009 Paul marked it as to-read
Just got this. Jack Ketchum is a great story teller. He develops characters that you care about and then kills them. I love that.
As far as I know this is Ketchum's only venture into a supernatural horror, it's very good still, though.
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.”

In EW, 11/11/04, A Dozen Thanks, Pop of King column King says: "Who's the scariest guy in America? Probably Jack Ketchum, the
Nelio Gomes
A nice psycho-chick-from-hell story, with some added depth looking into the soul of the Greek nation; as relevant today as when this novel was written. Perhaps if we had been able to get to know Lelia the story would have greater impact, and not just the good guys versus an evil biatch! Great setting, though! And some fun characters!
Coach A
I'm just now getting into Jack Ketchum. I have read Cover and The Girl Next Door. This wasn't even close to either of them. I enjoyed this book, but sometimes it felt like it was rushed. I thought the atmosphere was great, but the characters to me were weak. It seemed like he was using Hemingway's The Garden of Eden and The Sun Also Rises to build his characters. This one was kind of a let down.
Horrible! Nothing happens until page 130...hard to get into...would have been only one star bit there were a few good parts...VERY FEW. DO NOT WASTE YOUR TIME. Icamnot believe this book won an award. I agree with the critics that trashed this book. Wish I had quit when I saw how boring it was.When will I learn?
I disliked this book as soon as I picked it up. I just didn't take to the story, didn't like any of the characters, didn't enjoy the way it was written-just nothing about it appealed to me I'm afraid. So I just abandoned it early on in the story. Not much else I can say really. It happens!
I chose this book from a good review from a 'book a day' calendar. It was touted as a fun/scary thriller. It's just gory and disgusting; I have no idea what the ending was supposed to mean. Overall, I was irritated at having spent any time at all on this "story".
Feb 08, 2013 Tamara rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: A devoted Katchum fan.
Recommended to Tamara by: Kack. He said it was his metaphysical piece.
As much as I like Jack's writing, this book was a little choppy. I had a hard time staying connected to the story. At times I didn't even know what was going on. One thing I got from the book however, was watch out who you find sexally appealing in a foreign world.
Dec 13, 2007 Jon rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: horror
Very lackluster. I'm very disappointed with this Ketchum novel after being quite entertained by some of his other offerings. Maybe because it is a 'supernatural' story. I've never been too fond of those. Stay away if the supernatural isn't your thing.
Misty Battle
I love Ketchum, I swear I do. However I hated this book. I could not get into it at all. I really didn't even want to finish reading it, but I am OCD about finishing a book once started. I kept hoping it would pick up, but alas I was disappointed.
Chris P.
Ketchum generally write horror books based on the messed up thing people can do to one another. This was his first, and maybe only, try at a supernatural horror. I didn't like it as much. Missed it's mark I though.
Not as good as other Ketchum books. It lacks any real depth. It's not even satisfying as a pulp horror novel. Skip this one and go on to any other Ketchum (The Girl Next Door, Off Season, The Lost)

I'd give it three and a half stars. Pretty good. Well written. Not quite sure whether I liked the ending that much. I like his prose style, though, and the very short chapters make for a fast read.
Ummm, not Ketchum's best. He should stick to more realistic stories, that is what he usually does, and does a damn good job of it. This was a little "out there" for me.
I was disappointed in this book. I love Jack Ketchum but this one was a no no. Glad I brought it from 2nd and Charles for 2.00 and not new from the store.
William Todd
I couldn't really get into this one, despite multiple tries and ended up putting it down before it was even finished.
Jul 29, 2008 Jewelz rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Everybody
Recommended to Jewelz by: friend
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Matt Brode
Stephen King meets Greek Mythology. A marriage that begins promising but never endures.
Stephen King meets Greek Mythology. A marriage that begins promising but never endures.
Nov 26, 2008 A.R. rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: People that like goddess horror.
Recommended to A.R. by: Leisure Books.
I thought it was kind of average compared to The Girl Next Door and The Lost.
I wasn't really a fan. I felt like it was terribly disjointed.
Mar 15, 2009 Meen rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommended to Meen by: It was a Freecycle & it will be moving on!
I just wanted something mindless.

And I got it.

This was actually one of my more favorites by Jack Ketchum.
Not my favorite Ketchum novel. Not by a long shot.
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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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