The Girl in 6E is the story of a young woman who locks herself in her apartment because she has homicidal tendencies. She feels she wants to3.5 stars
The Girl in 6E is the story of a young woman who locks herself in her apartment because she has homicidal tendencies. She feels she wants to kill people and therefore to keep everybody safe she remains in her apartment and has done so for the past three years, working as a sexcam girl to pay the bills. As you read on you realise that there’s a lot more to it than Deanna thinking she is a psychopath, and a lot to do with the death of her entire family. However, when a young girl gets taken, Deanna believes that the person who took her is one of her clients. Deanna then takes it upon herself to save the little girl and maybe, along the way, can indulge in a little of her homicidal fantasies…
The Girl in 6E has a very interesting storyline. The dynamic of a woman with homicidal tendencies is rather refreshing and for the first half of the book, Deanna’s concerns regarding her murderous thoughts is intriguing. However, after a while, because we aren’t shown this horrific side of her nature, these injections become void of any impact. I wanted proof. I have my own ideas as to why I think this but to discuss it here would be spoilery.
Deanna’s only interactions are with her two therapists, who she talks to weekly via telephone, a guy who helps her out with technical stuff, a guy she supplies drugs to in return for him locking her in her apartment at night so she can’t get out, and Jeremy, her delivery guy.
The interactions between Deanna and Jeremy, is very limited. Jeremy only converses with Deanna through her front door, and has done so for the past three years with no increase in communication other than her words, leave it, thank you, when he delivers a package. I can understand Jeremy’s curiosity about this strange woman who never leaves her apartment, but what happens between them further on in the book is weird, happens too quickly, and some of his reactions and actions towards her aren’t fully explained, or not explained clearly enough.
The revelation about Deanna’s involvement in the death of her family I actually saw coming so it wasn’t really a surprise. However, there are a few unanswered questions that I’m hoping will be answered in the second book, especially regarding the way Deanna’s mother died, as the medical explanation doesn’t make sense and surely once investigated would have shown different results. Sorry I’m being vague but this book is riddled with potential spoilers.
Despite my misgivings, I did enjoy this book. The atmosphere is really good, and although not that much happens in the first third of the book other than Deanna describing her life within the apartment and her career as a sexcam girl, it was still interesting enough to drive the novel forward. It was obvious that the author had done extensive research into this lifestyle.
I will definitely be reading book two, Do Not Disturb, which is out at the end of this month as Deanna Madden is interesting and I would like to see how her character is developed. As I’ve seen this series marketed somewhere as a combination between Dexter and Fifty Shades of Grey, I’m hoping for a lot more murder and bit more sex, as this instalment didn’t really give me either....more
Well narrated as usual by Annie Aldington, however, story wasn't as good as previous books containing DI Kate Burrows. A bit too much repetition withWell narrated as usual by Annie Aldington, however, story wasn't as good as previous books containing DI Kate Burrows. A bit too much repetition with regards to the relationship between Kate and Patrick, even though I love them. The ending was bittersweet, but fitting. ...more
As with many of you, I watched the movie 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' many years ago and didn't realise it was actually based on a novel. I say bAs with many of you, I watched the movie 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' many years ago and didn't realise it was actually based on a novel. I say based loosely as the film doesn't really have much to do with the book - whereas the film is much more in the 'horror' genre, the book is just a light thriller.
It was originally written in 1973 but I read the newly revised edition published by Atom. I'm not fond of revised books. I much prefer to read the original version, I don't like the idea of an author going back and changing aspects of the book that made it what is was. In this case 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' was a book rooted in the 70s, but the updates try and change it to current times by modifying certain elements. It didn't really work for me as the story and characters felt as though they were still very much from a different era and yet they were talking about mobile phones, emails and the internet.
With this aside, 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' is an entertaining read. It does contain a certain amount of tension, although not as much as I would have liked, and I read it fairly quickly. I must admit that I didn't really like any of the characters, with maybe the exception of Ray. Julie, Helen and Barry all had many unattractive traits which prevented me from finding them likable in any way. Unfortunately the book isn't as intense as the movie and I did find this a little disappointing as I do like to be scared and given the willies...
It maybe because nowadays we are saturated with high levels of blood, gore and violence (which I have no problem with, being a horror fan) and 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' just seems lame in comparison. I wonder if it created more of a reaction in 1973?
It's a very short novel too, only 211 pages, so I think it was difficult to get enough character depth and suspense going in such a short space of time. I also saw the twist coming a mile away, as I so often do, and so the ending was predictable and also happened far too quickly. It would have been better if it was drawn out a little longer, especially when the characters were being tormented by the villain, but it was all over in a matter of pages.
Despite all the negatives, 'I Know What You Did Last Summer' is a quick, entertaining bite-sized thriller (I say bite-sized as at only 211 pages it's a pretty short novel). However, it was disappointing to find that the thrills and chills were mostly kept for the movie and not the book. I also wish I had read the original work and not a revised edition....more