The Secret Life of Souls

The Secret Life of Souls

Jack Ketchum Lucky McKee / Apr 22, 2021

The Secret Life of Souls At the heart of this psychological suspense novel is the haunting depiction of a family s fall and the extraordinary gifted dog Caity who knows the truth As the drama unfolds Caity evolves from prot

  • Title: The Secret Life of Souls
  • Author: Jack Ketchum Lucky McKee
  • ISBN: 9781681772349
  • Page: 406
  • Format: Hardcover
  • At the heart of this psychological suspense novel is the haunting depiction of a family s fall and the extraordinary gifted dog, Caity, who knows the truth 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 authAt the heart of this psychological suspense novel is the haunting depiction of a family s fall and the extraordinary gifted dog, Caity, who knows the truth 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 authors Ketchum and Mckee, who display a profound understanding of a dog s complex emotions With her telling instincts and her capacity for joy and transformative love, Caity joins the pantheon of great dogs in contemporary literature Eleven year old actress Delia Cross is beautiful, talented, charismatic A true a star in the making Her days are a blur of hard work on set, auditions and tutors Her family driven, pill popping stage mother Pat, wastrel dad Bart, and introverted twin brother Robbie depends on her for their upscale lifestyle Delia in turn depends on Caity, her beloved ginger Queensland Heeler and loyal friend for the calming private space they share Delia is on the verge of a professional break through But just as the contracts are about to be signed, there is a freak accident that puts Delia in the danger zone with only Caity to protect her.

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      • Jack Ketchum Lucky McKee

        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 perfectly happy to let you decide for yourself His short story The Box won a 1994 Bram Stoker Award from the HWA, his story Gone won again in 2000 and in 2003 he won Stokers for both best collection for Peaceable Kingdom and best long fiction for Closing Time He has written eleven novels, the latest of which are Red, Ladies Night, and The Lost His stories are collected in The Exit At Toledo Blade Boulevard, Broken on the Wheel of Sex, and Peaceable Kingdom His novella The Crossings was cited by Stephen King in his speech at the 2003 National Book Awards.


    1. What an incredible read!I've loved the work of Jack Ketchum ever since I read his bookThe Girl Next Door. In The Secret Life of SoulsJack 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 rea [...]

    2. This review and the rest of the crap I write can be seen @ my blogBark's Book Nonsense . Stop by and say hey.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 wh [...]

    3. Holy Dysfunctional Family Nightmare ! Dog people will love this tale of a dog's love and connection to humans.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 [...]

    4. 4 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum bibliosanctum/2016/11/27/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 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 pornography”), prompting a s [...]

    5. This one is most difficult to categorize. Not horror. But horrific at times. Drama elements, for sure. Suspense, definitely. 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.“Good dog.”*I receive an advanced reader copy of this title from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This was it.

    6. This book was beautiful and haunting, yet nasty and disturbing all at the same time. While I loved the writing and the immediate connection I felt with Delia and Caity, I am once again faced with the fact that some of the most horrific "creatures" in horror tales are humans themselves. The story centers around Delia Cross, a child actor, her twin brother Robbie, and her parents Patricia and Bart. Delia has grown up in front of the camera and early on, the reader is quite aware that the family is [...]

    7. This is a potentially somewhat biased review, in that I'm Jack's webmaster (and have been for 16 years). That said, I've been reading his works since 1999, and given that I've worked closely with him for some time now, I'm rather intimate with his works. 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" [...]

    8. The Secret Life of Souls is one of the books I've been wanting to go back and give a proper review. It was released during my complete internet hiatus (November was an ugly month), but I've also had a hard time writing a review for it. It's a pretty short book, and all the things I love about it are tied to events in the story that I don't want to give away. I will just have to gush about it on the whole.First of all, this is obviously a dog book. When I heard Jack Ketchum wrote a book about a g [...]

    9. “The Secret Life of Souls” is categorized as horror, but I don’t think that is quite accurate. Terrifying, yes, but not in the way the term horror would make you believe.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 [...]

    10. What an incredible story. Seriously, I'm going to suggest you read up on the synopsis, but this story follows the Cross family, in all their fucked up glory. Well, it's mostly the parents that are messed up, and these kids and this dog deserved so much better. 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 [...]

    11. "The Secret Life of Souls" is a cleverly spun tragedy piece, and your heart will be breaking by the end of it. A window into a functioning dysfunctional family and the small decisions that lead to unimaginable consequences. 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 [...]

    12. Obwohl ich bereits einige Bücher von Jack Ketchum im Regal stehen habe, ist "SCAR" tatsächlich erst das zweite Buch, das ich von ihm lese. Da an "SCAR" auch gleichzeitig der Regisseur Lucky McKee an dem Werk mitgeschrieben hat, war ich umso gespannter. Zum Glück wurde ich hierbei nicht enttäuscht, denn die beiden Autoren haben eine spannende Geschichte rund um die Familie Cross geschrieben.Was jedoch zuerst einmal bemängelt werden muss, ist das Genre, denn obwohl das Buch als Horror angekü [...]

    13. Wow!! Yep, that's all I'm going to say.Just read it, you'll understand. I don't want to give anything away.

    14. Jack Ketchum gehört zu meinen liebsten Autoren und das schon über viele Jahre hinweg. Ich liebe seinen schockierenden Schreibstil und finde seine Geschichten immer sehr interessant und flüssig zu lesen. 'SCAR' durfte also auch in meinem Bücherregal nicht fehlen.Das Cover erregt sofort Aufmerksamkeit und der Klappentext macht extrem neugierig. Wir begleiten in der Geschichte Delia, ein junges Mädchen, das gerade dabei ist ihren schauspielerischen Durchbruch zu erleben. Gleich zu Beginn kann [...]

    15. 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’ [...]

    16. Right at the top, I will say that Jack Ketchum is in my top five of favorite authors. If that makes me too biased to leave my feelings about the novel, feel free to skip it. 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 [...]

    17. I read this book in under 8 hours. If that doesn't tell you how addicting it is, I don't know what will. This family-centered drama delves into the relationships we have with ourselves and others as well as how far we as humans are willing to go to protect ourselves. The real "villain" will shock youe redeemable character will prick that cold heart you're left with in the end. And the dog? Can I adopt her, please?Overall, a fascinating and incredibly insightful look at one family's experiences w [...]

    18. Wow, this book is so special, in multiple ways. The writing style is special, as the story is not written from one perspective but hovers a bit between being told by different characters and a story teller. Part of the story is viewed from the dogs perspective, this is done in a terrific way, it doesn't seem strange one single time. The writer is perfectly able to convey the animal's emotion and describes it stunningly striking. Part of the book is a mystery and paranormal aspect, about which li [...]

    19. Thanks to Netgalley and Pegasus Books for early access to this title.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

    20. One of my absolute favorites from Ketchum and by far my favorite of his books co-written with McKee. This book ruined me in the best possibly way. And that ending!

    21. "Scar" gleicht eher einem tragischen Familiendrama als einem Horrorroman, den man eher von Ketchum gewohnt ist. Vor allem die rücksichtslosen Eltern von Delia und Robbie können hier schockieren, wie sie mit Delia umgehen, die für sie nur eine bequeme Einnahmequelle darstellt. Die Mutter ist eine herzlose Person, die nur ihren eigenen Vorteil im Auge hat, der Vater gibt liebend gern das verdiente Geld für unnützes Zeug aus, statt sich um wichtigere Angelegenheiten wie eine Krankenversicherun [...]

    22. I won this in a Giveaway. I so wanted to love this book, but I just didn't. I really liked Part I, which is what earned the second star on the rating. The characters and plot pulled me in and it went somewhere real interesting. 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 segment is un [...]

    23. Utterly unlike anything I have ever read. Bold, beautiful, infuriating, and a whole bunch of other adjectives that all add up to: why aren't more people talking about this book? Maybe because Jack Ketchum's name and reputation jar with the cover, which, frankly, looks a little Lifetime. I get the feeling the marketing team overcompensated on the pretty stuff to make people understand this isn't horror . . . but it is. The kind of horror that doesn't conform to any conventions, that doesn't requi [...]

    24. I've read numerous books by Ketchum and have really enjoyed them. Particularly his novels that are more grounded in real life like Red and The Girl Next Door. The Secret Life of Souls pulls a lot of the same strings. Not at all as brutal as some of Ketchum's writing but there are a few scenes that lay it all out there and they seam all the more horrific because the characters feel so real. Delia and her dog Katie are fantastic. Highly recommend this novel to horror lovers, drama lovers, or just [...]

    25. When I picked up The Secret Life of Souls I really didn't know what to expect. I generally avoid reading blurbs on book jackets, but this time I knew so little about the novel that I risked it. Didn't really tell me a thing! I know a little about one of the authors, so I decided to jump in.About a third of the way in I kept thinking that this is an interesting, a unique story about a somewhat untypical family, but really nothing all that unique. I didn't know where it was going and found a few s [...]

    26. Die 11 jährige Delia Cross lebt in einer zerrütteten Familie. Beide Eltern sind Alkoholabhängig. Die Mutter ist nur auf Erfolg aus und verkauft das Leben ihrer Tochter an Funk und Fernsehen. Der Vater ist ein stiller Trinker der alles abnickt, was die Mutter sich so einfallen lässt. Ihm ist alles Recht solange er das Geld was Delias Auftritte reinbringen verprassen kann. Der ältere Bruder Robbie ist keine Stütze für Delia, er ist von Eifersucht zerfressen und macht ihr das Leben zusätzli [...]

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