Suburbia in the 1950s, a dark side emerging in the Chandler house for teenage Meg and her crippled little sister Susan--captive to an Aunt, who is rapidly descending into madness. ""The Girl Next Door" is alive . . . in a way most works of popular fiction never attain; it does not just promise terror but actually delivers it. But it's a page ...
Suburbia in the 1950s, a dark side emerging in the Chandler house for teenage Meg and her crippled little sister Susan--captive to an Aunt, who is rapidly descending into madness. ""The Girl Next Door" is alive . . . in a way most works of popular fiction never attain; it does not just promise terror but actually delivers it. But it's a page-turner, all right; no doubt about that."--Stephen King
This book started iff kind of slow but just when you think it picks up..I couldnt put the book down. This is a first time reading one of Jack Ketchums books. Worth every penny
Apr 3, 2008
Talk about suspense!
I, too, came across this book while searching for Stephen King. I purchased the book for my plane ride to California .... the book never made it to the plane because once I started, I could not put it down. This has to be one of the most disturbing - yet I was engrossed - books I have ever read. My heart pounded as I went page by page trying not to read too fast because as sick as it sounds, I didn't want the book to end! The Girl Next Door is not a horror story - it is a story about horrible events. The ending totally blew me away.
Nov 1, 2007
Scary gritty.well dond.
A well written book tthat takes the reader on a ride he or she will not forget. Gripping and fast paced.
May 8, 2007
I love Jack Ketchum got alot of his books but this one was just WOW I had a hard time putting it down read it in one sitting it is based on true events and a movie is coming out for it. Not for the faint of heart.
Apr 20, 2007
A real shocker
I accidentally found this title when I was searching for Stephen King, who wrote the foreword of this book. I never before heard of Jack Ke tchum, but the description sounded promising, so I thought I'd give it a try. And never was I disappointed - this book takes you in a stran glehold and never lets go until the end. About the story: the girl Megan is hold captive in a cellar and tortured by some children from her own neighborhood. David, who narrates the story, is watching the abuse and only very late he takes the courage to help Meg. While reading along you always wonder why nobody intervenes, and how kids can be so cruel. Though at times you are rejected by the brutality you can't stop reading, always hoping David will rise and rescue Meg from her torture before it's too late. This book will haunt you for a long time after and is definitely not for the faint of heart.
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