• by Jack Ketchum
  • Narrated by Chet Williamson
  • 7 hrs and 16 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Lydia McCloud meets Arthur Danse at a wedding party in Plymouth, N.H., and she thinks he's a man she could grow to love. Arthur sees things differently. In Lydia, he sees the sort of woman people always want to protect. He decides he's going to show her she wouldn't always be protected. Once their only child, Robert, is born, Arthur's behavior worsens. When the courts become involved, the nightmare really begins. This scathing novel is an indictment of a justice system that makes a mockery of its very name.


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Customer Reviews

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Entertainment? I think not

What disappointed you about Stranglehold?

It is gratuitous nastiness. Nasty people and events are all around us but is it entertaining to slap you in the face with it? I think not. If folk do find this type of book entertaining - It is cause for concern about modern folk in general. I accept the world MAY be becoming more violent but readers of this sort of thing could be part of the reason for that. I have read horror books for decades and been entertained by most. Not this one

What was most disappointing about Jack Ketchum’s story?

All of it - well what I read of it anyhow. I gave up fairly quickly. I don't mind some blood and guts and I've 'enjoyed' many a horror story (I'm a Stephen King, etc. reader) - but this book is just plain nasty

Would you be willing to try another one of Chet Williamson’s performances?

I'm not sure...I think the reading was in tone with the material so yes, I'd not have a problem with the performer

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?


Any additional comments?

If this is symptomatic of acceptable, entertaining reading is a horrifying thought

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A graphic story of child abuse

This book should have come with an explicit warning as to its contents. This is a very graphic account of domestic violence and child abuse, be warned before listening, it is unpleasant.
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- Gillian

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-12-2012
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press