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message 1: by Bill (new)

Bill (shiftyj1) | 4892 comments Due to Strange Weather winning both the read and listen polls for January I have combined the read/listen into one thread under Group Reads.

Therefore, the "official" January 2018 Group Listen will be The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum.
The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

Remember your spoiler tags and let the discussion begin.


message 2: by Anne (w/ an E) (new)

Anne (w/ an E) (mzcatnthehat) | 754 comments I read this last year and thought it was an excellent story. Maybe it is not for everyone, but it was just what I was looking to read.


message 3: by Tom (new)

Tom | 20 comments Jack Ketchum’s narration of his classic novel is a must-listen for anyone who likes their horror in spoken form. There are no supernatural elements to this story, just the creeping dread that emanates from the rotten kernel of ever-present evil that exists in us all.


message 4: by Andrew (new)

Andrew Best of luck to anyone embarking on this one!


message 5: by Veronica (new)

Veronica (veraj121) | 15 comments Is the book based on a true story? Thi story sounds very familiar. I will join in on this one.


message 6: by Andrew (new)

Andrew It is. The murder of Sylvia Likens. Its also been adapted into two movies, only one of which I've seen ('An American Crime'). It's a tremendously affecting and upsetting case, and I think of it often.


message 7: by Rachel (new)

Rachel Bea (gekrepten) | 1760 comments Ohhh. I've always wanted to read this.


message 8: by Veronica (new)

Veronica (veraj121) | 15 comments I noticed this is for audio read. Is it ok I read this book for this group?


message 9: by Latasha (new)

Latasha (latasha513) | 10826 comments Mod
I'm skipping this. I don't know if I can handle it. everyone enjoy!


message 10: by Merritt (new)

Merritt Bumpas (cheshrkat) | 12 comments Jack Ketchum is one of my favorite authors. "The Girl Next Door" might not be everyone's cup-of-tea but if you do decide to read it, you won't forget it anytime soon! Like "The Wasp Factory" and "American Psycho", among others, this book will mess you up!


message 11: by Bill (new)

Bill (shiftyj1) | 4892 comments Veronica wrote: "I noticed this is for audio read. Is it ok I read this book for this group?"

Obviously, you will not be able to comment on the narration aspect of the story, but please feel free to join in on the discussion.


message 12: by Jennie (new)

Jennie Largent (jennielen) | 9 comments I always sneak in here for horror recommendations but rarely read / listen to the titles at the same time. But I think I'm going to join in this time. Looking forward to it!


message 13: by E. (new)

E. | 86 comments I will probably start this Thursday night. I have heard it is somewhat disturbing, but its been on my list for awhile and I'm ready to tackle it.
And I don't see why you wouldn't be able to read along with the paper version if you want to. The more the merrier.


message 14: by Jennie (new)

Jennie Largent (jennielen) | 9 comments Ok, so...I just finished the audiobook. I am a bit in shock and can't wait to discuss in details with the group. Anyone else finished???


message 15: by Mike (new)

Mike (nmpreach) | 15 comments I started reading this one tonight. I’ll look forward to the conversation.


message 16: by Merritt (new)

Merritt Bumpas (cheshrkat) | 12 comments Jennie, I've read the book a couple of times. I tell people interested in it that its a sucker punch to the gut! You won't forget this book anytime soon.


message 17: by Greg (new)

Greg | 360 comments Skipping the Audio for this one simply because I’ve read it a couple times already. It’s a very disturbing and traumatic story that I will most likely always remember. It’s not nearly as schlocky as his other horror novels but it’s graphicness and realness make it a hard book to enjoy.

I passed this one on to a social worker friend of mine and she still hasn’t forgiven me.


message 18: by Greg (new)

Greg | 360 comments This one and Red will always stick with me due to the casual domestic cruelty. They are abhorrent tales.


message 19: by Mike (new)

Mike (nmpreach) | 15 comments I finished last night. Ketchum is great! The story makes me angry, sad, frustrated, and sick all at the same time. It's a good reminder that everyone has a story and not all is as it seems. Man, there's some sick people in the world!


message 20: by E. (new)

E. | 86 comments I finished this book a week or so ago, and its still lingering in my mind. It was not as horrific as i had anticipated, but it was tough to read at times.
It was difficult to believe (view spoiler)
It was not the torture porn i though it might be (that prize goes to Pretty Girls and American Psycho of books Ive slogged through)
I havent read much about the true story its based around, but I might, just to compare.


message 21: by Merritt (new)

Merritt Bumpas (cheshrkat) | 12 comments Spoilers ahead!

Concerning the neighborhood kids getting involved, you have to realize that Ruth was one of the "cool" adults. She let the kids smoke and drink beer while over at her house and treated them like "mini adults". In a twisted way, they looked up to her.
When Ruth started taking out her frustrations on Meg, she makes her out to be less than human. A thing. The creates both a scapegoat as well as a way for the kids to take out their own frustrations and sadistic tendencies. You can almost hear them say that "since an adult is doing this, it must be okay". The psychology behind mobs can also explain part of why these kids took part in the torture. Here was a girl who was not "one of them"
What disturbed me most about the book is that this is something that could literally be happening next door to you. Certainly, this was a fictionalized account of the actual crime, but the basics of the crime DID occur. A young girl was tortured and died. Neighborhood kids knew what was happening and said nothing to their parents AND several participated in the girl's torture. The few parents that DID learn about it did nothing. It wasn't the ACT that freaked me out, it was the casualness of the act.


message 22: by Merritt (new)

Merritt Bumpas (cheshrkat) | 12 comments Here's the Wikipedia link about the actual crime;
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Murder_...


message 23: by Greg (new)

Greg | 360 comments RiP Mr. Ketchum 😥


message 24: by Lena (new)

Lena | 2422 comments Just read the Wikipedia. Interesting that so many of those people died young.


message 25: by John (new)

John B. (njshorereader) | 27 comments This was a hard listen but well worth it. I enjoy Ketchum's books and listening to one read by the author made even more chilling.


message 26: by Mike (new)

Mike (nmpreach) | 15 comments Merrit,

"What disturbed me most about the book is that this is something that could literally be happening next door to you."

Exactly!



Exactly!


message 27: by Matthew (new)

Matthew (mattical) | 565 comments The movie for this book that came out about 10 years ago was brutal beyond belief. So, I'm afraid to listen to the audiobook. I guess I'm a wuss lol.


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