I've given this novel 5 stars because in my view it is a novel of immense power, Ketchum's use of language perfectly (and horrifyingly) conveys the very nasty and graphic situations within this book.
This book is probably the most disturbing and frightening novel I have read, well....next to Bliss at any rate.
If you haven't read this and are happy then I suggest you don't. This book doesn't just push the envelope, it pushes it down and rapes it while its mother watches. Yes, this book is sick and twisted and yes it does have a movie out, but the movie doesn't compare to what this book captures. It's horrific and scary and will make you sad and angry all at once. This book is real downer, but what important novel that's been written isn't? This book does what is says it will and that is scary the Hell out of you. Enjoy.
very very disturbing. makes me wonder whether the act of brutality or the lack of any action at all is more cruel. i thought i liked reading this kind of books and looking into the darkness of humanity. but this is way beyond any darkness. there is no trace of humanity left. it's been erased completely. i'm not sure if ketchum intended to inspire a sense of sympathy among readers, but i only saw apathy. this is a book i would not recommend, and have actually regretted reading....Continua