Media type, Paperback, Hardcover & E-book. Pages, ISBN · Preceded by, She Wakes in literature. Followed by, Offspring in literature. The Girl Next Door is a crime novel by American writer Jack Ketchum in It is about two. The Girl Next Door book. Read reviews from the world's largest community for readers. Suburbia. Shady, tree-lined streets, well-tended lawns and co. The Girl Next Door [Jack Ketchum] on *FREE* Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers editorially hand-picked.

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Editorial Reviews. Review. The Girl Next Door is a dark and twisted story told through the eyes of a preteen boy. Set in the s, the book mixes. The Girl Next Door has, in the near quarter-century since its Now, I hadn't even heard of Ketchum or this book until the last five or six years. The Girl Next Door Summary & Study Guide includes comprehensive information and analysis to help you understand the book. This study guide contains the.

And that makes it all even easier for the kids to go along If Ruth says it's okay, well, it's okay for the kids no matter what is inflicted upon flesh "You said that we could cut her, Mrs. This is when David admits he "flicked a slow mental switch [and] turned off on [Meg] entirely.

So I think Ketchum does a dead-on job of getting into a mindset that would become a willing witness to Hell, even drink a Coke and play crazy eights while doing so. It is totally believable. When describing the sniggering remarks and dispensed humiliations and then the torturous cruelty in unflinching detail, Ketchum is carefully dispassionate, even when things turn, unsurprisingly, sexual for the young boys, as well as for Ruth and even a young neighborhood girl at first Ruth restricts the boys from touching Meg after she's been stripped, not because molestation or rape is wrong but Did you just feel your throat close up?

He has David wonder if it all would have happened had Meg not been so pretty, had her body not been young and health and strong, but ugly, fat, flabby. Possibly not.

The inevitable punishment of the outsider. But he reconsiders as he looks back on it: But it seems to me more likely that it was precisely because she was beautiful and strong, and we were not, that Ruth and the rest of us had done this to her. To make a sort of judgment on that beauty, on what it meant and didn't mean to us.


Notice it says 'Terror,' not 'Horror' It's this kind of insight that allows Girl Next Door to work so well when you might think it couldn't: This is true, this is how people who do these things think. Debase, degrade, deflower.

David tries to help her escape, and he fails. He tries to tell his father, then his mother, but cannot find the words to express something so I mean, could you?

Knowing you knew the whole time? David realizes he's the only one who has the imagination to conceive of the enormity of what's going on.

I think that's what makes this book stand out from other "extreme" horror novels. The darkness may be complete, but it is true and real.

Jack Ketchum ‘The Girl Next Door’ Review

You may not be surprised to learn that I read The Girl Next Door in a one-sitting white-heat rush, utterly compelled and spellbound, my eyes burning and wet by the end.

I could feel a thick sadness in my chest and shoulders.

But it's not without its faults, and I can't really go into the major one because it's a spoiler, but I understand it. I've seen it in other books and films too.

Can't really blame Ketchum either, I suppose. But none of the faults are the result of the subject matter or the graphic detail; this is an "extreme" novel done right, with an understanding and an honesty I found utterly sincere.

The Girl Next Door

Look at it again, in case you forgot how dumb it was This is no tawdry paperback filled with high-school horror hijinks, as the clueless cover implies; there is no fun nor ridiculous cheese. In fact, that Warner Books cover art is one of the most insidious of paperback horror covers ever, an affront to both readers and the book itself I don't blame artist Lisa Falkenstern ; it's likely she had no idea what cover she was illustrating.

Who the fuck okayed it? Someone who doesn't give a shit about books, that's for sure. The story is horrific, graphic, disturbing and as far from a pleasurable experience as you are likely to get.

However, I do want to make this very, very clear Ketchum has a reason for this story and it is not to titillate. It is to horrify. This escalates into constant verbal abuse and harsh spankings which are seen by Davy as "the way things are for kids.

One of the tougher parts of this book for me was that it made me confront something I find somewhat troubling about myself, but that I know will always be a part of me. I have a wife and two daughters, 6 and 11, who I love more than I can possibly put into words no matter how hard I try.

It is just a different order of magnitude though I am sure my fellow parents and spouses can understand. When I read this story, I was reminded of two things about myself. After one final act of torture, Meg dies, shortly after the police arrive.

Remembering a promise to get it back to Meg, he vengefully pushes Ruth down the stairs, killing her. The officer with David realizes he did this intentionally, but, knowing how evil Ruth was, the officer claims that the fall was accidental, and David is never charged with Ruth's death.

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As David grows up he continually tracks down the whereabouts of the other children who helped to torture Meg, discovering that they either end up dying young as a result of reckless lifestyles or go on to lead lives blighted by poverty and crime.

After reading of a brutal crime spree perpetuated by one of the now-grown children of Ruth, David is left to wonder what has become of the children that he was unable to track down. A feature film based on Ketchum's novel was released in After a successful series of screenings at film festivals around the world, the film was released by Starz Home Entertainment on December 4, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

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