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 ruthenpress.info *FREE* Story time just got better with Prime Book Box, a subscription that delivers editorially hand-picked.
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Editorial Reviews. ruthenpress.info 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 by Jack Ketchum (): How Do the Angels Get to Now, I hadn't even heard of Ketchum or this book until the last five or. Compre o livro The Girl Next Door na ruthenpress.info: confira as ofertas para I don't know that I've ever been so completely gutted and repulsed by a book before. I did not enjoy The Girl Next Door, but I respect the hell out of Jack Ketchum.
Thanks, Alejandro. For me, the distinction is often in the "matter-of-factness" tone: But read this book; I avoided it too for a long time but I really can't get across how impressed I was by Ketchum's skill at taking you through the horror without making it feel, as I said, cheap and tawdry. Another spot-on review! Girl Next Door was the first Ketchum novel I read and it haunted me for weeks.
While still entertaining, Off Season is nowhere near as good, and the movie adaption from a screenplay by Ketchum downright sucks. You are also right about Ellroy's Black Dahlia, which ranks among my all-time favorites. Jim Thompson's best work Pop.
And on which side of the fence would you put Silence of the Lambs?
Same goes for True Crime. There's a massive pile of clunkers in that genre but some, like Maury Terry's absorbing account of the Berkowitz case, The Ultimate Evil, should appeal to any horror fan. Check it out. Thanks for reading. Reminds me: I need to get back on my Thompson collection.
Interesting and perceptive review, thanks. I've not read any Ketchum, although I have Off Season on my shelf waiting. I love The Black Dahlia and Ellroy though. WHich is an excellent psychological study of the case. And not what is know as the usual cheap, exploitative true crime book. I was so shaken by the details of the actual case of Sylvia Likens ,that I was paralyzed to re-live it in a harsh fictional form when i heard of Ketchum's famous work.
In fact it hadn't been released by Leisure yet when searching I could only find rare HB copies that i couldn't afford.
Then when the Leisure copy was released I bought it and let it sit and glare at me a long while But of course -i finally gave in! And WOW! You are right Ketchum was spot on with the feel of the location and emotional atmosphere. I refuse to go back there again!
Great review of a book that stays with you after you've read it. The cover is just awful though. Has absolutely nothing to do with the book.
Johnson that is just as disturbing,and, riveting. It was one of those once you start, you just can't stop books. Highly recommended. The girl that plays Meg, however, is all too good. Probably I'll check out the Millet book at some point And Bob, thanks for tipping me to the Johnson novel; sounds worth a look. Nice vintage cover, I just saw at site; not horror exactly but still Excellent review.
May even get me to overcome my prejudice against this sort of book. Hats off. I prefer my horror frightening and weird, but not participatory. Something about these books made me feel like I was part of it, and that was very uncomfortable.
The strength of your comments on this particular book make me curious to try it and find out. It's the only book by David Ketchum published in Spain by a important more or less publisher, Off season and the other about Mexico in the XIX century I don't remind the title are published by small press I know it must be extreme horror but I don't think is based on a real crime I finished reading it recently and had a strong reaction to it, too.
The kids know better than to try to tell. Telling is bullshit. Telling makes things worse. Telling is an insult and a cheat. The kids even play what they call "the Game," a questionable past-time which, when Ruth learns of it, wants to play. 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. 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. At first, when they arrive, all seems well. However, Ruth's mental state has been deteriorating over time, and the burden of having two more children to care for seems to accelerate her descent into madness.
Ruth begins verbally abusing Meg, calling her a slut. After an incident where Meg hits Ralphie when he touches her breast, Ruth beats Susan for "being in connivance" with Meg. When Meg tries to tell a police officer about the abuse, Ruth locks her in their bomb shelter and allows her boys to strip her, then leaves her there, bound and gagged, all night.
She starves her and even allows the other children to burn her, beat her and even urinate in Meg's face over the course of months, making them feel that because they have the permission of an adult, their actions are okay and they will not be punished. David soon realizes that he must do something before time runs out and he loses the first girl that he has ever loved.
However, despite his efforts, his plan to rescue Meg is foiled when Meg tries to bring her sister Susan with her and Ruth catches them trying to leave. As punishment, Ruth allows her son Donny to rape Meg.