Saturday, 17 June 2017

#14/2017 The Girl Next Door


There was a fragment close to the end of William Golding's "Lord of the Flies" when most of the children on the island completely lose their innocence and give in to their atavistic, most primitive instincts. It's a truly terrifying moment that stays with the reader long after finishing the novel. In Ketchum's book a similar thing happens, only much earlier, and it also takes place in more modern surroundings.
It's a story of how a twisted adult can empower children and fill their heads with wrong ideas. The result is a prolonged, gruesome torture of young girl that lasts weeks. The novel catches reader's attention, it is hard to put it down and it leaves a lasting impression. Those are qualities that are typically associated with "good books", but here this seems to be true for all the wrong reasons.

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