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The Girl Next Door Mass Market Paperback – 31 May 2005

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Product details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 370 pages
  • Publisher: Hi Marketing (31 May 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0843955430
  • ISBN-13: 978-0843955439
  • Product Dimensions: 17.5 x 11.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (115 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 840,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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By H on 23 Jan. 2013
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Ketchum tells the story as an older man who witnessed the horrific incidents as a teenager. A heart wrenching read and a page turner.

Not a book for you if you are easily offended. Although the incidents of torture on the poor young girl are horrifying Ketchum does not over do it on the detail just gives you the build up and cuts it off, you imagination does the rest.

Although brutal, the book is so excellently written I couldn't put it down. There isn't much of a plot to the story and there is no reasoning or explanation for the horrific behaviour or megs captors yet Ketchum captures the readers making it impossible to stop reading even if you want too.
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The Girl Next Door is probably the most disturbing book that I have ever read. The horrors depicted in the book almost all come directly from the Sylvia Likens murder case which took place in Indiana in the 1960's.

Given the extreme nature of the case that the book is based upon, it sometimes reads as sensational, or even exploitational, but the facts of the case add an element to the story that makes it incredibly difficult to dismiss.

Its a hard book to recommend because of the intense emotional impact that it has, yet in that respect, it should be read. Some of the acts described in the book will make you wince or turn your stomach, others hit some primal fears that exist in all of us and make the book impossible to forget.

The Girl Next Door is a true horror book and represents, in my opinion, one of the best works in that genre.

Read the book if you feel you have the stomach for it and, for once, do believe the hype.

As a footnote, I would also recommend The Basement by Kate Millett, a semi fictional account of the true story, told from the imagined perspectives of some of the people concerned. It adds further impact to the events described in The Girl Next Door.
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Im actually torn with how I feel with this book, I feel on one hand it sensationalizes and exploits a horrific abusive short life of such a beautiful child. On the other hand it brings it to the forefront and makes us feel real emotions at the cruelty involved and you genuinely cannot put this book down.
Jack Ketchum changed some of the characters but followed the true story in some parts. Its written from David Moran's perspective as a fictitious neighbor who is now much older and witnessed these disturbing events. Ketchum describes in graphic detail what these events may have been like from the point of view of one child (David Moran).

The Chandler house becomes the neighborhood hangout for the local kids and David takes a genuine liking to Megan as she's a spunky lively fun child.

But the Ruth Chandler starts to take a dislike to Megan beginning at simply verbal abuse escalating to harsh discipline, cruelty and extreme torture at her hands and of Ruth's own children who happily joined in with the tormenting; often including Megan's disabled sister in the punishment. She convinced her own children that Megan was dirty and deserved her punishments and eventually they became so extreme it led to her death.

This book shows the true horror by using some facts of what actually happened. There actually isn't a full plot as its true-life and there is no explanation to Ruth's increasing madness and cruelty towards Megan. Her children became actively involved and take real enjoyment at being violent towards the two girls and often came up with more and more disturbing ways to torture them.
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Pretty sure this was a reduced price Kindle deal and I'm so glad I found it. Apparently based on a true story from the 1950's or 60's, it's the tale of the dreadful treatment and eventual murder of a girl adopted by her aunt and her sons after her parents are killed. Told from the perspective of the boy who lives next to them, the tale quickly turns horrific as first the kids, then their mother take sadistic pleasure in making the girl's life increasingly unbearable.

The narrator (boy next door) begins by having a crush on the girl, but as the story progresses the mixture of emotions changes as his loyalties are conflicted (one of the sons is his best buddy). As well as being a truly horrific story, it's a fascinating and often uncomfortable read about the extent of our ability to treat each other and think of each other unkindly, even when we're not actively hurting each other. Not for the squeamish, but I'd highly recommend this well-written tale.
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"The Girl Next Door" is, without a doubt, the most disturbing novel I've ever read. It is also one of the only novels that I've read in one sitting. The reason? When I got to a certain point in the story, I realized --despite the fact that it was way past bedtime-- that I had to keep reading. I had to finish it. Putting it down, I would run the risk of never picking it up again. It's rough. It's mean. But it's also wonderfully-written and it contains moments of pure magic... not to mention one of the single-most terrifying moments I've ever experienced in a book. Read this one at your own risk.
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