- 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)
The Girl Next Door Mass Market Paperback – 31 May 2005
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I researched this book well and read lots of reviews before purchasing it....I hyped myself up for a horrendous read...but I'm afraid it just didn't deliver it for me! Read morePublished 3 months ago by Diane Coe
Deeply disturbing, this book will stay with you.
There's no denying the subject matter is as bad as it gets but it fully deserves to be recognised as a great book. Read more
Great book, Jack Ketchum introduces us to various hideous monsters in his book The Girl Next Door, just don't expect them to be giant slimy creatures with tentacles though.Published 9 months ago by Arrakiszero
The story is very the same as in the movie. Like nothing much effort was done in it to make it more detailedPublished 14 months ago by Luz
Based on a true story makes the events most brutal. My mom has given this book four stars, as its easy to follow, a overall good read.Published 18 months ago by Lindsey M. Jones
I love thriller/suspense/horror, grew up reading Stephen King and James Herbert and the likes, but, dear lord what an awful awful story, it played on my mind for quite some time. Read morePublished on 13 April 2015 by Savy
Simply put the most disturbing, horrifying, soul-destroying book I have ever read. A total rollercoaster of emotions, a powerfully written book.Published on 8 April 2015 by Dr.Geraldine A Golden