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She Wakes

3.04  ·  Rating details ·  544 Ratings  ·  48 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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Nov 30, 2010 rated it liked it
As far as I know this is Ketchum's only venture into a supernatural horror, it's very good still, though.

That was my old review of the book. Today I've reread it. Tastes change, mature, evolve. Mine seems to be drifting away from horror slowly but surely and never has it been more evident than reading She Wakes today. This is the book I remember liking, this is the author I've always been a fan of...and yet the story didn't interest me almost at all. Mind you, Ketchum is a very solid writer and
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
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
Nov 26, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok
Not Ketchum’s best. Rather clunky, lacking depth and detail.
Mar 23, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror
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
Was really enjoying it, but then things flipped over to the supernatural and it lost some steam. Still a worthwhile read though.
Nov 19, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: horror
Garbage. Ketchum's worst by any large unit of measurement you wish to utilise.

1 Terrible Foray into the World of the Supernatural for She Wakes.
Rob Boley
Jul 31, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
Dec 27, 2011 rated it really liked it
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
Mar 11, 2014 rated it did not like it
Having enjoyed the first three Ketchum books I read, this was seriously disappointing and had none of the elements I enjoyed in his previous works. The 'voice' of the author was dull and contained none of the texture I'd appreciated so much in 'The Girl Next Door' and 'Red'. None of the characters felt real or drew me in. I hated the way the chapters were short, to the point that some could have fitted into a 'Tweet'! I didn't feel excited and thought the first half to two thirds of the book wer ...more
Justin Robinson
Oct 13, 2016 rated it it was ok
As far as I know, this is Ketchum's first and only foray into supernatural horror. Judging by the way this one fell apart at the seams, that's a good thing. Ketchum's writing is best when he's ruthlessly documenting events rooted in reality. When he starts going supernatural, those razors fail him, making the narrative spin off uncontrollably into bizarre innuendo. There's much better Ketchum out there. This one's only for completionists.
Nov 01, 2017 rated it it was ok
Aby bylo jasné, jsem velký fanda Jacka Ketchuma. Ale touhle knihou jsem se vážně prokousával s velkou námahou. A v doslovu jsem pochopil proč. Jack Ketchum měl v té době, na začátku své kariéry, za sebou už dva propadáky (včetně hodně zajímavého hororu Ladies Night), takže se rozhodl, že se sebou musí něco udělat a zkusil psát víc jako King. Což je věc, kterou bych momentálně nedoporučoval ani Kingovi, o jeho početné rodině ani nemluvím. Čili tam má větší důraz na nadpřirozeno, je to popsané mno ...more
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: hardcore Ketchum fans only
Jack Ketchum's fourth novel (fifth to be published), She Wakes, has all the hallmarks of a burgeoning writer. Mostly the bad ones.

Let's start with style. I read a revised version, different from the originally published one, and with it was an Afterword written by Ketchum. In it, he mentions that he no longer lets editors force commas and semicolons into his writing. While I agree that long, gratuitous sentences and most structures involve semicolons do not belong in fiction, honestly, Ketchum
Jacob Floyd
Sep 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
Great story and I loved the usage of the Occult beliefs. I really liked the villain. Some editing problems in the beginning, but it all ironed out in the end. I am a fan of dark, supernatural female villains, and this story gave me a pretty solid one. Recommend.
Nov 28, 2017 rated it liked it
Not Ketchum’s usual fare. Still pretty good—a solid 3 Stars. Not anything special, though.
Nov 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
I really enjoy the works of Jack Ketchum.

He has this way of taking these awful moments, and making them visceral and real. They are stories about people trying to navigate unrelenting awfulness.

The first half of She Wakes is outstanding. Its strange and creepy and enjoyable, but in all honestly, it just started to fall apart for me towards the last third. Unlike many of Ketchum's other books, there is a lot of abstract in this one.

I am sure there are people who will like this book more than I d
Dec 11, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, e-book, 2015
She Wakes is, apparently, an oddity in Ketchum's body of work. It's his only attempt at a supernatural novel, for starters. For all the violence and poignancy of his previous two works, it seemed like a perfect opportunity to join that voice with a different sort of subject matter. In the end, though, the novel failed in so many different ways. And the fact that it failed so spectacularly is another oddity of this book.

The story is about a writer, Dodgson, between projects, visiting Greece for a
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
Jul 01, 2014 rated it liked it
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!
Gail Silversmith
Apr 06, 2013 rated it it was ok
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?
Coach A
Feb 10, 2012 rated it it was ok
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.
Aug 20, 2007 rated it it was ok
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.
Andrew Carter
Jan 16, 2016 rated it liked it
My first try reading this was abandoned. But after sitting on my shelf for a year or so, I made another try and got all the way. I am not much for supernatural, but this was OK. The ending was so fast and furious that I felt somewhat confused as to what was going on.
Jan 19, 2009 rated it did not like it
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 28, 2009 rated it it was ok
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)

Oct 11, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: fiction, horror, abandoned
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!
Jan 16, 2013 rated it liked it
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.
Chris P.
Jul 17, 2008 rated it did not like it
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.
Misty Battle
Nov 05, 2013 rated it it was ok
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.
William Todd
Jun 06, 2011 rated it did not like it
I couldn't really get into this one, despite multiple tries and ended up putting it down before it was even finished.
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