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The Girl Next Door
The Girl Next Door
Author: Jack Ketchum
SOMEBODY'S KNOCKIN'...Suburbia in the 1950s. A nice quiet simpler time to grow up—unless you count the McCarthy trials and red-scares and the shadow of the Bomb and the Cold War, unless you could see the dark side emerging. And on a quiet tree-lined dead-end street, in the dark damp basement of the Chandler house, it's emerging big-time for...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780843955439
ISBN-10: 0843955430
Publication Date: 5/31/2005
Pages: 370
  • Currently 3.8/5 Stars.

3.8 stars, based on 154 ratings
Publisher: Leisure Books
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio CD
Members Wishing: 5
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Helpful Score: 9
If you are a true horror junkie, you'll like it, though you might feel sickened; if you are not a horror fan, stay away from this book! I think in some books, if the idea that something could really happen, it just seems that much more revolting. Ketchum is a big name for horror fans these days. I've read some more by him and though some might not agree, this one was tame compared to some I've read. It's disgusting, true, but tamer than some of his others.
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Helpful Score: 6
Read it in one day, very disturbing, I can't believe what they did to that poor girl, i was so angry at times, i wanted to just jump right in and grab those kids, the lady was really nuts, a must read.
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Helpful Score: 6
Couldn't put the book down. Though it is very disturbing. Do not order if your faint at heart!
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Helpful Score: 4
you should have a strong stomach for cruelety to be able to read this book
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Helpful Score: 3
I knew when I started reading this book that would not be easy. Not just because of the reviews I read or the description of the story. But because I knew that even though this story was was based on a true story. That's what made it hard. But as hard as it was, it was still a book I could not put down. Truly terrifying at times, The Girl Next Door, reminds us that the real monsters are not the vampires and werewolves of movies and books, but the people in our own backyards. The real monsters look like you and me. That's what scares me most.
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Oh my. Ive read just about all of Jack Ketchums books, including the cannibal series and loved them.disgusting and exciting in all their gruesome horror (they make Stephen King look like hes wearing diapers). But this bookthis book is something else entirely. The Girl Next Door transports you back to a late 1950s middle-class neighborhood during the hot, lazy summer. The neighborhood kids become involved in the madness of one of the mothers. Telling you any more would give the story away. The children become victims, coconspirators, and perpetrators. One, through the madness, becomes a hero, even as tragedy strikes. The reader is left with some questions unanswered, huge moral ambiguity, and seriously, at times, even I had to put it down and walk away. I still dont know if its based on a true story or not. I think, for me personally, the problem I had was that in Ketchums cannibal books, you suppose, if you stretch it really, really far, that its possible, but extremely unlikely to occur or be a reality. This bookits entirely too likely to be a reality and, perhaps, thats where my squeamishness came from. Still, I recommend the book, but NOT to the faint of heart. Consider yourself warned.
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I thought this was absolutely the worst book that I have ever read. I got it from this sight and burned it with the trash instead of reposting it. Please don't waste you time with this book!
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Holy crap!! Reading this book is kind of like seeing a train wreck or a fire, you just can't help but look. Very disturbing!!