Sunday, June 6, 2010

She Wakes by Jack Ketchum

Book Description:
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, to feed off her human prey.  Lelia is more than myth, more than superstition.  Lelia is deadly.

My Review:
E-e-e-e-u-u-u-w-w-w!  A very strange story indeed.  This is another one of those books that was recommended on the Books-A-Million booklover's calendar.  I would never have chosen this book on my own, but I was having a slump on books coming up on my wishlist on BookMooch, so I added some from the booklover's calendar that looked even remotely promising.  I should know better!

Fortunately, this book was quick to read, and in its own way, gripping.  But I can't say I liked it.  Too much sex and bad language for me.  And then there was the flesh-eating part, and the rape part, and the cruelty, and the snakes and the mean cats.  I did enjoy the descriptions of Greece, though, and I would love to visit someday.  I would hope it is not as tourist-y as described in the book, but I suppose it probably is.  I never did figure out what Jordan Chase's role really was, and the ending didn't make much sense to me at all.

This is definitely a horror story with not nearly as much tie-in to Greek mythology as it would like you to believe.


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