The Girl Next Door
3. Violence against children;
4. Violence committed by children; and
5. Prolonged mental abuse.
…and worst of all, this is based on ...more
No matter what you think, you probably won't be.
The blurb reads as follows:
A teenage girl is held captive and brutally tortured by neighborhood children. Based on a true story, this shocking novel reveals the depravity of which we are all capable.
That's it. And in a nutshell, that is about 99% of the story. I went into this with a lot of knowledge about the book and some about the true story, with eyes wide open and ready for ...more
Another underrated, or let´s say too disturbing and extreme for many audiences, masterpiece that owns most of its much more prominent and well known horror and psychothriller colleagues, as it shows what can happen when mental illness hits ...more
I just can’t with this book anymore.
*update an hour or so after I quit*
Listen, I'm not "faint of heart" I'm not a "gentle spirit". Horror is my favorite genre and I love my stories bleak and dark but sometimes we have to know our limits. Is nothing off the table? No. We have to be true to ourselves. As much as I think Ketchum is a powerful, brave writer who drew me into this story even as I was dragging my heels, I just couldn't hang with those details anymore. I was angry, upset, e ...more
Today, as I made lasagna for ...more
Yes, it's going to be disturbing.
Yes, it's going to turn your stomach to knots.
Yes, it's going to make you very, very angry.
I won't go into the plot since several reviews and the book description already do that. I will say that to me, this book reveals the ugliest possible sides of human behavior, the worst being when good people do NOTHING to help.
Even the author is disgusted by what happened, according to his note at the back of the book ...more
The Girl Next Door was one of the first Leisure paperbacks I recall buying. I don't know what I was expecting, but what I got was a kick in the teeth. This book is brutal and unapologetic. And, in my opinion, Ruth is one of the scariest characters to be found within the pages of the book. What makes this all the more terrifying and ...more
In 1950s suburban America, two teen girls are left in the care of their aunt following the death of their parents. The story is told through the eyes of David, the boy who lives next door and who is witness to the escalating abuse and torture that these girls endure at the hands of the aunt and the rest of the children in the neighbourhood.
First of all, I need to explicitly warn potential readers that this book is very gr ...more
This is the twentieth book in my Kindle Unlimited Experiment. For the 30 day trial, I'm only reading books that are part of the program and keeping track what the total cost of the books would have been.
This is one brutal damn book. At the beginning, it felt like Stephen King's co ...more
Have you ever read a book that you could not (with a clear conscience, at least) recommend to anyone? Ever read something that made you feel like you should turn yourself over to the authorities because only psychotic criminals would be interested in the subject matter you just exposed yourself to? If so, then you've probably already read The Girl Next Door.
When Meg and Susan’s parents die, they are taken in by their aunt rather t ...more
Herein THAT form of evil, which is regularly found, sprinkled, Disneyfied previously in such forms as Cinderella, To Kill a Mockingbird, The Body/Stand By Me, Misery...
Jewels, really, all of them, to our culture. It is a summer idyll worthy of Lord of the Flies (!). ...more
All hail the king of horror. No one makes me squeamish quite like Ketchum.
To my horror, half way through the book I realised that it’s loosely based on the true story of the tragic Sylvia Likens. The story is about two teenage girls who are left in the care of their aunt after a horrible accident. It tells the story of the escalating abuse both of them suffer at the hands of their aunt and her children.
There are a few stages of reading it:
1. Oh, great, it drew me in from the first page, that’s great.
2. Interesting character development. So logical. Great introspection.
3. Oh, the tension is building even in the smallest scenes.
4. Oh, shit is starting to happen. I can’t put it down.
5. This is so great. It sends a great message. All that is necessary for the triumph of evil i ...more
”Like some other species all together. Some intelligence that only looked human, but had no access to feelings. I stood among them swamped by otherness. By...more
This novel is based on a real crime which took place in 1965. JK relocates it to 1958 and, creepily, as if this tale needs more creep, which it doesn't, to his home town - to h ...more
Knowing so much about this book before I picked it up (I read about the real life case it is based upon on crimelibrary.com), I figured I'd be able to handle the content but it was so unrelentingly brutal near the end that I had to put it down and watch a silly movie (The 40 Year Old Virgin, if you must know) to help me tempo ...more
It's four in the morning. I had meant to read a few chapters before going to sleep. Instead, I stayed up all night and finished the book.
It's impossible to like this book because of how disturbing it is, yet it is equally impossible to put down because you have to see how it ends.
The fact that this book is based on true events is the most traumatising - yes, traumatising - factor of all.
Jack Ketchum writes ver ...more
I did google some of this and was appalled.
My heart was ripped out, bile came up in my throat yet, I couldn’t put this horrific book down.
To say it was good.......not in the way you’d want me to say it.
Do I recommend it.
Most definitely no.
It takes a hard stomach to digest this.
Trouble is, it’s horrifically true.
I want to rate it a 5 star because it was greatly written. I want to give it 5 stars because I couldn't stop reading. I did have to put it down once, and step away from it. It almost became too much for me. I knew what I was getting my self into before I even downloaded this on my Kindle. It is based on a true story. I read about the story on line and knew how it ended. If you are looking for a happy ever after with this book your not going to get it. I ...more
These sick, sick people. Those who knew or watched and did nothing for weeks on end; how could they? They are just as guilty as the monstrous aunt.
THE GIRL NEXT DOOR: Whew! After...more
Wow - this wasn’t an easy book. In fact it was brutal.
You know those car accidents you see that are just really bad and you can’t look away? This book, for me, was much like that. I spent much of my time being flat out horrified and not in a ‘horror movie’ type way. I was sickened and disgusted by the characters and actions in this book. In fact my first instinct is to hate it.
Buuuuut the book very much did what it was supposed to do — it made me feel. And feel a LOT of things.
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