Friday, April 26, 2019

The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum (Book Review)

The Girl Next DoorThe Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have heard many things about this book. I glanced here and there at reviews on Goodreads; I looked on Amazon; I saw posts about it on Instagram. Before I read the book I even went and learned about the true crime Jack Ketchum got the inspiration from to write The Girl Next Door. Reading this book, especially in the beginning, was like a beautiful sunny day, but soon, those dark thunderclouds approaching far in the distance are going to bring one hell of a storm.

The Girl Next Door is about a young boy named David who befriends the girl next door--Meg--who is staying at his friends' house along with her young and disabled sister, Susan. The two girls are left with their aunt and her two boys after their parents were killed in a car accident. Soon, their aunt begins to abuse the girls along with her children, targeting the older sister, Meg.

This novel is horrible and sad, plainly said. And even though the events in the story are gruesome and terrible, it still doesn't hold a match to what happened to Sylvia Likens--the girl the novel is loosely based on. This novel definitely isn't for the faint of heart or for people who are squeamish. Actually, if you're a person who actually cares about humanity--especially women, this is a novel that will make you feel a roller coaster of emotions as it did to me.

Although the story goes from being so nice and warm to horrible and cold, it is written beautifully, flows exceptionally, and keeps you hooked. There is no denying that Jack Ketchum was one of the best writers ever. I read this book without wanting to stop. I have the Kindle version, so I read it in bed and when I woke up. I was glued. I didn't want to read these bad things that happened in the story, but I couldn't help but see what was going to happen next.

If you just dip into horror here and there, you mostly like supernatural or stories of that sort, and you don't watch any horror films, I believe it is best to stay away from this one. But if you like true crime and can take horror and gore and all that, then you should definitely read The Girl Next Door.

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