Title/Author: Old Flames and Right To Life by Jack Ketchum.
Genre: Dark Fiction.
Publisher: Leisure Books.
Synopsis:If you are familiar with Jack Ketchum you probably understand that you will find a dark, gritty, harsh and many times bloody story.The novellas Old Flames and Right to Life is no different.
Old Flames starts with Dora, a woman who, disappointed with every relationship she's ever been in, looks up her college boyfriend. Even though he is married with two children, she schemes to insinuate herself into his life. This story may have gone into another direction if the ex boyfriend had made different choices, but then we would not have been allowed to see the downward spiral of this reunion and Dora herself. Tragic and heartbreaking, Old Flames shows how a manipulative and delusional person can destroy not just a family, but her own life as well.
Right to Life was dark and twisted in a different way. More of a Criminal Minds than the above Law and Order. Okay maybe a lot worse than any Criminal Minds episode I've ever seen. Looking at the cover to this novella basically shows you the premise. Sara Foster finds out she is pregnant and is kidnapped right outside of an abortion clinic. Her two kidnappers have an agenda and a twisted way to keep her in line and obedient. The relationship between her and her two kidnappers twist and change as she struggles to hold on to her life and her sanity. This story is pretty brutal, so why did I keep reading it? I wanted to see if Sara survives and escapes. I wanted to find out if the kidnappers turn on each other. I simply wanted to see how it ended. (Warning: This story is very graphic.)