"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.