The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre
Series: Deanna Madden #1
Published by Orion on February 13, 2014
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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?
Enter a world of lies, thrills, fears, and all desires, in this original thriller from A. R. Torre.
The Girl in 6E was not what I expected and there were moments early on where I thought I wouldn’t be able to continue. Cautiously reading comments about this book, I went into it as blind as could be, considering this is not a new release.
Deanna resides in apartment 6E and doesn’t venture out her front door. She has adapted remarkably well to her self-imposed environment and seems at ease with her isolation. It’s an impressive set up she’s established and proud of her success which has the potential to continue for a long time yet to come. All until one client takes it too far and alarm bells start to go off in Deanna’s head.
Driven to do something way out of her comfort zone, she embarks on a mission blinded by the task ahead. It was at this point I was relieved I had continued as the storyline departs from the direction it was heading in. Being a person who reaches for a dark story, this scenario that was starting to unfold View Spoiler »child abuse « Hide Spoiler would normally be a deal breaker for me. The only reason I continued was readers I respect had spoken highly of this book. And with the benefit of hindsight, I doubt the suspense would have been the same without the unbearable details early on which pushed my boundaries beyond my tolerance for subject matter.
It wasn’t all dark, there are some caring people Deanna encounters and forms some unconventional friendships with them. I’m hopeful they continue to be a part of the series as you really only skim the surface in getting to know them. It’s through her friendships and determination she pushes her boundaries and the consequence is it opens her mind to the possibilities beyond what she dreamed of.
This series is one of the more expensive ones but I don’t regret paying a bit extra when it turns out to be a good one. Apart from the section of the book I struggled with, the writing kept me on the edge of my seat, heart pounding terrified of what could happen next.
I haven’t felt like this about a book since reading The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, two different plots but it was the level of suspense and rawness of the subject matter they both shared that took me beyond my comfort zone and each time rewarded with a great story.
Lily’s rating: 4.5 possibly 5 Stars
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