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The Girl Next Door

Written by: Jack Ketchum
Narrated by: Jack Ketchum
Length: 7 hrs and 13 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Suburbia. Shady, tree-lined streets; well-tended lawns; and cozy homes. A nice, quiet place to grow up. Unless you are teenage Meg or her crippled sister, Susan.

On a dead-end street, in the dark, damp basement of the Chandler house, Meg and Susan are left captive to the savage whims and rages of a distant aunt who is rapidly descending into madness. It is a madness that infects all three of her sons and finally the entire neighborhood. Only one troubled boy stands hesitantly between Meg and Susan and their cruel, torturous deaths. A boy with a very adult decision to make....

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Critic Reviews

" The Girl Next Door is alive...it does not just promise terror but actually delivers it.... It's a page-turner." (Stephen King)

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  • Mrs T Harris
  • 20-11-17

Harrowing

This book was a page turner indeed. But at the same time so disturbing I didn’t want to hear anymore but like the characters I couldn’t resist to see what was going to happen next. I found my self thinking about what was happening I. The story while doing chores even when I was painting my kitchen! Couldn’t get it out of my head

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  • Liam
  • 11-04-17

Horror?

While The Girl Next Door certainly deals with a truly horrific subject matter, to simply label it and file it neatly under the heading Horror would be an injustice.

While the book is unrelentingly horrific in deed and subject matter, the deeper point for me as a reader, that pushes it out of the realms of pure horror, is the challenge it offers.

Some reviewers have talked about dangers of peer pressure as the key theme. I feel that that does not go to the heart of the message. For me, Ketchum's almost matter-of-fact and sometimes even dry relating of the facts, pushes the question of responsibility not only onto those who took part, but also on those who failed to act. This by extension includes the reader himself. This challenge is poses might well be summed up by a quote attributed to Edmund Burke :"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-18

I am in tears after this book.

A book that will haunt you for a long time. Very upsetting. It was really difficult to finish.

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  • D
  • 19-03-20

Thrilling

My favourite book I have read this year. But I never want to read it again.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-09-19

Toned Down.

I have seen the movie and heard it had been toned down from the book. Oh is it toned down very toned down. Not a enjoyable read in anyway but it's so well written you're drawn in. Be warned this isn't for everybody .

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  • Charlotte Dale
  • 13-06-19

Relentlessly grim

I have to say i found this such a depressing and grim story, graphic abuse, which is not made clear by the blurb, not badly written or performed just not a book i would have chosen if the nature of its contents were made clearer.

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  • Mrs Joanne Arlow
  • 31-05-19

not for me

struggled with this one...think it was just all about the pushing of limits. just not my thing

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-09-17

Not for the faint hearted

Truly heart breaking especially when you find out the story is based on true events

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  • mandy
  • 19-04-17

far fetched

liked this book till half way through, found it got to far fetched for me cant really say why without spoiling it

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  • Ronnie Smart
  • 04-12-19

A must read.

This is an excellent novel, and it is read wonderfully by the author. The characterization and setting are richly drawn, and entirely believable. The novel is disturbing and violent, but it has depth and humanity within it.

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  • Attila
  • 13-05-18

Very sad story

At times it gets nearly as gruesome as Saw. The true horror however comes from reminding yourself its based on a true story while you listen to the situation get worse and worse. Not recommended for the faint hearted.

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  • Librariasaurus
  • 08-03-18

This did not sit well

I struggle with this one. It is disturbing. More so because it is based on a true story. The writing wasn't overly masterful but the content keeps you coming back in a weird perverted way.