The Secret Life of Souls
As the drama unfolds Caity evolves from protector to savior, from scapegoat to prop, and eventually, from avenger to survivor. She is an unselfish soul in a selfish world—and she is written with depth and grace by auth ...more
I've loved the work of Jack Ketchum ever since I read his book The Girl Next Door. In The Secret Life of Souls Jack teams up once again with Lucky McKee and together, they knock this one right out of the park.
The Cross family is as dysfunctional as they come. Pat and Bart, (mom and dad), are busy trying to make their daughter Delia a star and her brother Robbie is mostly ignored. The family dog Caity more or less belongs to Delia alone, and it doesn't take long for the ...more
Having read Ketchum’s work in the past and watching a few of Lucky McKee's films (May is a must-see, btw), I pretty much read this book with my heart in my throat while I waited for the ball to drop on my head and I was not at all disappointed!
This is a not a feel-good story. Don’t let that lovely cover fool you. It is a story about two terrible, self-absorbed, materialistic people who ...more
There are some seriously deplorable characters inside this book. I was so appalled, livid, angry, furious at them I had trouble turning my ming off when I set the book down. The author is a genius in his ability to drive me to the emotional edge. I felt like I'd walked over hot coals but didn't get burned.
Delia, is a child actor, managed by her power hungry mother, overlooked by her spen ...more
This story had a hold on me immediately. It revolves around a family whose daughter is a rising child star. The mother makes sure that the eleven-year-old is always on time for screenings and interviews, encouraging her to look and act perfectly. Delia, the daughter, is a likeable and easy-going child who takes her busy lifestyle in stride. Her twin brother, Robbie, is constantly in the background, yet he can see how their parents a ...more
Not horror. But horrific at times.
Drama elements, for sure.
And a suggestion of the supernatural.
So, what is it then?
A tragic, heartbreaking, tale of revenge, loss, life and love.
And a young girl and her amazing dog.
*I receive an advanced reader copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was it.
The first time I ever laid eyes on The Secret Life of Souls, I actually thought it would be a contemporary feel-good story about dogs. But then again, I’ve also never read a Jack Ketchum novel before, and was completely unfamiliar with his work. A quick search on Goodreads brought me to his author bio (which proudly proclaims that his first book Off Season was once scolded by the Village Voice for being “violent pornograph ...more
"We are here. We together. We are not alone."
Eleven-year-old Delia Cross is a talented, budding young actress. She lives with her twin brother, Robbie, who is largely neglected, her father, Bart, whose main priority is acquiring expensive man-toys and her mother, Pat, a selfish, greedy, uncaring, poor excuse for a parent who's living vicariously through her daughter. Delia also lives with her cherished and much beloved four-legged companion, Caity.
To say that the fam ...more
First of all, this is obviously a dog book. When I heard Jack Ketchum wrote a book about a g ...more
This book is a departure, in many respects from typical "Jack Ketchum". Although this is not his first collaboration with Lucky McKee, I think with this one, they have found their collaborative "voice." I wouldn't describe this book as "horror" ...more
If you’re a dog lover, and enjoy reading books that can be tense and uncomfortable, this is the book for you. The characters are engaging, the plot is steady, and the emotional resonance is strong. My only complaint is that I wish the various points of view had a smoother transition.
Don’t hesitate to pick “The Secret Life of Sou ...more
Jack Ketchum and Lucky McKee have created something really special here. The story, not only incredibly well written, doesn't sacrifice anything to make a certain part of this book better. The characters are so complete and dynamic, they f ...more
The characterizations were strong and believable and, having grown up as a "child actor", I loved the glimpse into the entertainment industry and the quiet implications of what it does to people. The other thing I loved about this was that there was no real villain, only woun ...more
The nitty-gritty: A strange, sometimes violent and unexpectedly emotional thriller about a family unable to cope with tragedy.
I have to admit the blurb on the dust jacket of this book initially grabbed my attention because a) it’s by Stephen King and b) he mentions one of my favorite books EVER—The Story of Edgar Sawtelle. I also have to admit I’ve never read a Jack Ketchum book before, and even though I own one of his most well-known novels, Off Season, I’ve never read it (frankly, I’m a little...more
I loved this. A story about the power of the soul and the bond between a dog and her human is juxtaposed with two of the most despicable parents I’ve ever read about. I hated them. HATED THEM. Delia and Caity, though? They will remain in my heart for quite some time to come. This is an effortless read and an emotional one.
Haven’t read Ketchum before? Been leery of readin ...more
I was very excited to read this advance copy, but it took me a while to start it. Ketchum's books are usually emotionally exhausting, and sometimes I don't feel up for it. The Secret Life of Souls is not a fun read, but ultimately a rewarding one.
It is hard to figure out what to say about the book without revealing something ...more
Wow! this is a bit of a hurricane of a book! Parts of it were a little over the top, but I really liked the characterizations (even the rotten people are great to read) and I LOVED the dog. Its a bit hard to place in a genre, but maybe magical realism? I very much liked the relationship of Delia with Caity, and thought the ending was quite satisfying. Not a read for everyone, but a fast-paced, can't-put-down kind of book
Then Part II opened up. Ok--not too bad. Still interesting; starting to have moments of shakiness and not too sure I'm really all that interested in where it's going, but I'm still plugging along thinking about where this might be headed. The ending of this segm ...more
Delia and her dog Katie are fantastic. Highly recommend this novel to horror lovers, drama lovers, or just ...more
A onetime actor ...more