Published April 2013
Series: Deanna Madden #1
Genres: Dark Romance, Romantic Suspense
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I haven't touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.
I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.
They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide... my lust for blood, my love of death.
Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets... one is bound to escape.
What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl's life depending on you venturing into society?
Deanna Madden has been locked up in the same apartment for over 3 years. She made the deliberate decision to cute herself off the real world because she suffers from a strong and distinctive urge to kill, making her a danger to society. To make a living from home, the 21-year-old has mastered the art of live-camming, and built a whole successful persona around her webcam identity Jess Reilly.
However, one day, she connects with a very suspicious client with an age-fetish, and who might very well be in hunt of his next victim. Deanna must now make a decision: either she follows her instincts telling her to act before something very bad happens (and leaves the safe confines of her apartment), or she remains locked up and ignores the situation.
What I loved about this book:
- The suspense
- The extremely researched and well depicted context, making the book feel extra realistic
- The unusual context
What I felt needed improvement:
Alessandra Torre did it again. This is the 7th book I have read from this author and I am always amazed at just how Alessandra Torre is able to make each and every one of her novels a masterpiece of romantic, thrilling suspense. The Girl in 6E is one of her less recent books, which I had on my Kindle shelf for quite some time and never really dared reading because of the mediocre overall rating this book had on Goodreads. And boy was I wrong. From the first moment on, I was sucked into this story, which – thanks to the talented writer – kept me on my toes all the way through.
In terms of writing, The Girl in 6E is initially told from a 1st person perspective, ie. from Deanna Madden a.k.a JessReilly19’s point of view. However, as the story unfolds, more POVs come into play in a 3rd person form (up to 3 additional ones), which are all little mysteries and pieces of a puzzle which the reader will have to carefully piece together again. I must say it was confusing at first to jump POVs so quickly and without any warning, but I quickly understand where the story was going, and the story became more interesting with every word.
“The real me is Deanna Madden, whose mother killed her entire family and then committed suicide.”
The first question the reader wants answered is around Deanna? What happened to her and why is she locking herself up? And where do those homicidal tendencies come from? In The Girl in 6E, Alessandra Torre slowly and carefully builds a strong story and context around Deanna’s past and present, allowing the reader to better understand her motives.
“I inherited a lot from my mother, including delicate features, long legs, and dark hair, but the biggest genetic inheritance has been her homicidal tendencies.”
The second question I wanted answered as a reader was whether there was a happy end at all in sight for Deanna, and whether there was some kind of cure or element that would make the story take a turn from the very dark and almost hopeless life she is living. Because it becomes clear very early on that The Girl in 6E is not a romance novel. This book is a thriller, full of suspense and mindfuck.
“That’s the reason because I stay away from people. Because I want to kill. Constantly. It’s almost all I think about.”
And although the book includes mature content, it is not smut either. I know several readers have complained about the graphical description of Deanna doing her “job”, but Ifrom a very neutral point of view, I must say that those descriptions were the bare truth, and also the result of a very detailed research. From a psychological point of view, this book is a masterpiece. Is Deanna really a sociopath and a killer whose only goal is to kill anyone (no matter who) just because she craves blood, or is it just something she made herself believe?
“I never lock my door. I figure if someone is stupid enough to come inside, they have ill motives and deserve to die at my hands. It’s one of my favorite fantasies.”
All in all, The Girl in 6E is completely different from any kind of book I read before (even though it has the Alessandra Torre signature all over it), and that makes it unusually refreshing. It is definitely one of those reads that will stick with you, and that alone should have you running to get this book in the first place. I know I can’t disclose much in this review because of spoilers, but you will not be disappointed.
|All the feels|