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The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum

The Girl Next Door (1989)

by Jack Ketchum

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    Waldheri: Though Requiem for a Dream is about drugs and The Girl Next Door about abuse, the depressing, bleak and hopeless atmosphere is similar in both books.

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Wäre dieses Buch ein Hund, man würde es unauffällig in eine dunkle Ecke führen und erschießen. Wegen Tollwut.

Btw, die Reviews hier, die empört was von "Torture Porn" etc. blubbern, haben mich zum Glück nicht von der Lektüre abgehalten. Ein harter Brocken, erst recht mit dem Wissen um die wahre Geschichte dahinter, der durch einen stilistischen Kniff den Leser zum Voyeur degradiert, der trotz zunehmendem Ekel vor den Akteuren (und evtl. auch ein bisschen sich selbst) weiterlesen muss. Gaffen mit geballter Faust in der Tasche, nicht wirklich unterhaltsam, aber seltsam zwingend.

Ich brauch jetzt erst mal was leichtes/seichtes zum runterkommen. ( )
  Horrortorte | May 17, 2019 |
Well, that was an uncomfortable read. I don't know how to rate this book. The writing was very good and it's a very fast read. The premise was important. It was loosely based on a real story about a real girl and, like the Milgram Experiment, gives some insight into how something so horrible happened.

But. I had a hard time finishing it. I almost stopped halfway. I felt dirty and voyeuristic as I read. I just wanted it to be over. ( )
  authenticjoy | Mar 29, 2019 |
"The Girl Next Door" is based on a true story of torture and abuse. It's a powerful story that tells of a dysfunctional family and how backwards people and society can be. This book is very dark and shows the flaws in human beings. The narrator is reflecting on a childhood experience of his and you can read through the pain and regret he feels about the situation. The aspects of revenge and comeuppance can also be appreciated in this grizzly novel. ( )
  kaitlynforney | Feb 20, 2019 |
This book is hard to review objectively. On the one hand it borders the style of horror termed as torture porn. On the other, and in a part for that reason, I’m sure it does what it intends to do. It provokes emotion and, I hope, for most people, in the right way, making the reader uneasy and restless. Ultimately, I wasn’t able to forgive anyone, not even the protagonist. There’s something voyeuristic in the reading, speaking to a part of the reader that wants to put the book down. Yet, like watching a train wreck, another part of the human soul/nature wants to discover the outcome. Wants justice. Retribution. Wants to ‘do something’, to act, particularly as this is based on a true story—the book’s real saving grace, as it highlights the plight of all abused children, spiking the guilty nerve of anyone who doesn’t want to get involved. The book is confrontational and unsettling in so many ways it questions the causes behind my dislike. The book is terrible, and in that it’s possible it achieves its purpose, making of the book a conundrum both excellent and dreadful. It’s a repulsive, grim read that’s hard to turn away from or to dismiss, though I’m positive not everyone who reads this will have the same experience as I did. I dislike this book (especially as, since reading, I discovered the sister never wanted it published and had I known I would not have purchased), but I appreciate it as a job well done: vile but emotive because of that. ( )
  SharonMariaBidwell | Jan 14, 2019 |
In an interview in the back of the book Ketchum says, "I wanted everything up close and personal. I wanted to put you there, period. To make you a co-conspirator. In fact, part of my aim was to make you feel guilty about turning the goddamn page." He succeeds. I have never felt so shitty about liking a book. ( )
  villemezbrown | Jul 28, 2018 |
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"You got to tell me the brave captain
Why are the wicked so strong?
How do the angels get to sleep
When the devil leaves the porch light on?" - Tom Waits
"I never want to hear the screams Of the teenage girls in other people's dreams." - The Specials
"The soul under the burden of sin cannot flee." - Iris Murdoch, The Unicorn

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I lay in bed and thought how easy it was to hurt a person. It didn't have to be physical. All you had to do was take a good hard kick at something they cared about.
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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.

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In suburbia in the 1950s, a dark side emerges for teenage Meg and her crippled sister--captive to an Aunt, who is descending into madness.

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