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The Girl Next Door
The Girl Next Door | Jack Ketchum
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. This novel contains graphic content and is recommended for regular read
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sophierayton
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Whoa! This book!
I would not recommend this book to anyone because the content is so awful.
However, I thought it was such a good representation of evil and how evil is 'allowed' to happen through the complicity and apathy of others. I found it interesting how Ruth did not actually harm Meg directly too much, but she instructed, encouraged and allowed others to do it. It reminded me of the Stanford prison experiment. Awful but excellent *shudder*

Reggie This book is the most horrific book I have ever read. I actually felt complicit in her murder, like I was a witness to it. I felt so awful after reading this book. He‘s such a good writer but this was a hard book. 2w
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collegecatlady
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This novel is not for the faint of heart. It contains the most brutal monster I‘ve ever read about: Ruth. There is child abuse, both mental and physical, including sexual abuse. This novel is hard to stomach and will anger you in so many ways, but that‘s the point. Children and women are tortured in ways that are inconceivable every day. We must listen (like one character doesn‘t) and speak out (like another eventually learns to do). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Reggie Oof this book. 4mo
BookDragonNotWorm All the books I've read by him have been savagely brutal. 😬 4mo
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Reggie
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LeahBergen And now I want this. What the hell‘s wrong with me? 😆 5mo
Reggie @LeahBergen lol Idk but let me just say this has been the only book disturbing enough to make me feel like I was complicit in a murder and I. Felt. Horrible. If that helps you decide...... 5mo
LeahBergen 😳😳😳 5mo
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vivastory Haven't read the book, but I watched the movie years ago & I've never forgotten it. 5mo
EyesOnly34 It‘s a rough read. Ketchum knee what he was doing with the ultimate unsettling atmosphere. 5mo
Bookzombie @Reggie I love this cover. You described this books so well. I felt horrible after finishing it too. 5mo
Reggie @EyesOnly34 @Bookzombie Ketchum knew how to make you care only so he could hurt you. Lol, he was a master horror writer. 5mo
EyesOnly34 Yeah!! True! 5mo
Leftcoastzen 😁💀 5mo
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Hope_a
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If you still have any faith in humanity – leave it behind. I recommend this book, but I don‘t want to at the same time. It is sick all the way down

More here:
https://theantagonistdiaries.wordpress.com/2019/01/04/the-girl-next-door/

#book #bookreview #bookblogger #blogger

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Hope_a
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It was an amazing year!
Shortest book - ‘The Deal of a Lifetime‘ - Fredrik Backman
Longest book- ‘The Tea Rose‘ - Jennifer Donnelly
Most popular - ‘The Night Circus‘ - Erin Morgenstern
Least popular- ‘22 Scars‘ - C. M. North
More about my #bookyear you can find in my blog:

https://theantagonistdiaries.wordpress.com/2018/12/31/my-year-in-63-books/

I‘m gonna finish this year with Jack Ketchum‘s ‘The Girl Next Door‘. Which one is your last book?

bookaholic1 That book is intense, but such a great read. I never got rid of the book, I still own it. 14mo
Hope_a @bookaholic1 Agree. It‘s sick and disturbing and unputdownable at the same time. I‘m gonna write a review very soon, I can‘t stop thinking of the book. 14mo
bookaholic1 Still to this day I think about it 14mo
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Jamesmelvinmitchell
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Not very often where I enjoy a book and not recommend it but this book is very disturbing and made me very uncomfortable. Read it if you want but don‘t blame me for it.

KrystleTheBookSlayer The movie was horrifying, I'm assuming the guessing probably isn't much better. 😨 2y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @KrystleTheBookSlayer you are correct. Amazing to think someone would actually have to go through this. 2y
TheLudicReader The book was horrifying...like a train wreck you couldn‘t look away from. Also, really well written with a fallible and sympathetic narrator. 2y
Jamesmelvinmitchell @TheLudicReader that is a great description of the book. 2y
TheLudicReader I read it ages and ages ago, @Jamesmelvinmitchell , but it‘s really stayed with me. 2y
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brokenpoet
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I read the screenplay version of this, and it was hard work. Whilst I liked the style (brief descriptions of day/night, surroundings, etc then lots of dialogue) the story itself was hard to read. When I got to the end there were interviews with producers and directors as well as some of the cast which were really interesting, but I couldnt get past the subject of the book which is based on the true story of the torture and murder of Sylvia Likens

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dragondrool
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1. The Girl Next Door, because it's based on a true event, and the most frightening stories are those that are all too real.
2. The Green Inferno, if it's seen-the-whole-thing. But I have also seen parts of The Human Centipede, and it's equally depraved.
3. Accidently eating the foil and plastic square around my iron pill. It came close to doing me in until we finally sorted it out over three long weeks. Good thing I'm scrappy.
4. No tag.

Betty Wow, that foil and plastic! If you don't mind me asking, how'd you get it out? Surgery or via the natural way on the toilet? 2y
dragondrool Exploratory surgery. I ended up having a small bowel resection, appendectomy, and gallbladder out in one swell foop. It was quite the adventure. 2y
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AshleyHoss820
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⚠️⚠️⚠️I read this book in one sitting, b/c this is the kind of book you read in one sitting. There is no closing this book. No walking away before it‘s finished. Just enough gore to make you squirm, just enough left to the imagination...which may be worse. I‘m going to choose “Pick” ONLY if you can stomach it. It involves horrible violence to children BY children. This whole BOOK is a trigger warning. Worse? It‘s loosely based on real events.

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IamIamIam
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Well, shit... my husband's a big fan of his and a bunch of his books are downstairs, waiting for me to get to them. 😔

Bookzombie Wow, I hadn‘t seen this. ☹️ 2y
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tricours
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Well this was rather grisly. I didn‘t know it was based on true events until I finished it, and would have thought it implausible if I hadn‘t read Mother‘s Day recently. Recommended if you want an unpleasant read! It‘s way more unpleasant once you know all that actually happened.

buecherwurm I just googled what this book is about...this is horrifying! It gave me the chills just to read the wikipedia article, I doubt I would be able to read the whole book. 2y
Reggie I actually felt bad that I read this. It was too much for me. I actually want to read another of his but I don‘t have the balls. I liked this quote though-“I began to learn that anger, hate, fear and loneliness are all one button awaiting the touch of just a single finger to set them blazing toward destruction. And I learned that they can taste like winning.” 2y
tricours @buecherwurm the book wasn‘t worse than the Wikipedia article actually; it‘s written from the perspective of one of the teenagers who are present but not participating in the torture 2y
tricours @Reggie it‘s an interesting illustration of the things people can be made to do in a group though! The mother must have been some sort of psychopath, but all the kids can‘t possibly have been... 2y
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GiveMeYourTeeth
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This is the greatest terrible cover for a book I truly love (it's also signed by Ketchum himself!).

vivastory The movie was immensely disturbing 3y
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reneelyons
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This book was incredibly difficult to read, and at times I wondered why I was. In fact, Jack Ketchum said his "aim was to make you feel guilty about turning the goddamn page" - as a reader, you feel complicit in the torture of Meg and Susan. As horrific as this book is, the true story of Sylvia Likens is much, much worse. If you take this on, please know that is is extremely violent, explicit, and involves kids.

1MoreChapter I watched the movie and wished i hadn't, loosely based on the sylvia likens story...very disturbing 3y
TheLudicReader I agree with your comments, but I also found David a complex and sympathetic character. 3y
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reneelyons
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Help me pick my next read, Litsy! I'm in the mood for something scary, but can't decide which one to go with. Thoughts?

Crysboehne Those both look rather interesting. I've been craving a good thriller/horror read. Let me know which one you chose and your thoughts on it. 3y
CaitlinSiem I haven't read either yet but Bird Box is higher on my list. I've heard a mix of things but it sounds like a good one! 3y
Varshitha Just got Bird box recommended to me, and the plot sounds interesting.. 3y
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reneelyons @Crysboehne @CaitlinSiem @Varshitha I started a few pages of Bird Box and couldn't stop, so that is the winner! Thanks for your thoughts :) 3y
reneelyons @Crysboehne Bird Box was fantastic! Check out my newest post for my thoughts :) 3y
Crysboehne Yay! I can't wait to read it! 3y
TheLudicReader The Girl Next Door isn't a horror novel, although it is horrific. That one stuck with me for a long time. 3y
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Renegadeprincess
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I couldn't look away and I devoured this book. It was terrifying and brutal. Was it good? Yes. Would I recommend it? Only to those I wish emotional damage upon.

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Renegadeprincess
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I'm half way in and this is just so gut wrenching I can't look away. I feel too committed to these characters now to put it down. But dear god these poor girls...

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SupremeCourtney
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This book is turning into much more than a horror novel. Surprisingly poignant insights into the psychology of power and what it means to enable evil even if you're not a perpetrator.

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Alschager
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Outstanding, Captivating, Thrilling, Insomnia inducing and just flat out amazing!!