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Witchykiwi
The Girl Next Door | Jack Ketchum
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Been meaning to tackle this one for a while. I went into this thinking it was simply about a girl being kept in a basement and based on true crime. What I got was SO much more than I had bargained for.

Difficult to read at times, beautifully and painfully narrated. A modern classic.

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vivastory
The Dumb House | John Burnside
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The Dumb House is ostensibly concerned with the soul & where it resides. The novel's narrator, Luke, decides that the soul resides in linguistic ability & he recounts a childhood story about, an ancient experiment to discover where language first forms. Is language innate, or is it acquired? If it is acquired, then how? Only a small portion of the 200 page novel concerns the experiments themselves, the vast majority are occupied with the lead-up👇

vivastory to the disturbing experiments. Luke himself is a cross between Dr. Moreau & Norman Bates. Do I recommend this book? Eh...proceed at your own risk! I will say that in the annals of unsettling & disturbing literature, this deserves to be better known. A couple of months ago I started a letterboxd account because I had been watching a lot of movies recently. I added movies that I had watched over the past few months to my log & rated each one. The 2w
vivastory only one I was unable to rate was Cronenberg's latest (I still can't rate it). That's how I feel about the Burnside book. 🙃 2w
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Outofcontroltbr
The Girl Next Door | Jack Ketchum
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Although the content was despicable, it was very well written. I knew where it was going from the first but hopes I was wrong…I was not. It made me feel many emotions such as anger, disgust, fear, hope and more disgust which was the point. Trigger warnings for just about all evils.

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candc320
The Girl Next Door | Jack Ketchum
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Picked up both of these books this week for like $10. Now looking at their ratings/reviews here neither seem to be too popular so I‘m slightly regretting my decisions 😑. But I‘ll still give them a try!

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khooliha
The Girl Next Door | Jack Ketchum
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Panpan

People may well tell you that this book is worth reading, but I do not agree. This reads as real no-thoughts-head-empty torture porn.

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khooliha
The Girl Next Door | Jack Ketchum

I know I just posted about never writing in books, but I did just write "oh fuck off" at the close of a chapter.

ozma.of.oz 😂😂😂 3mo
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anniebannanie
The Girl Next Door | Jack Ketchum
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Such an ugly and terrifying book, but truly well-written.

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Littlewolf1
The Girl Next Door | Jack Ketchum
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4.3⭐️ this has got to be one of the most disturbing/triggering books I have ever read. It was good though, and it was terrifying, and it-made me sick. this is not one of those books and I would recommend to just anybody, especially since it deals with kids. If you plan to read it, proceed with caution. This was also one of my #roll100

BookwormAHN I saw the movie it was too disturbing for me to try to read the book. 7mo
Littlewolf1 @BookwormAHN there‘s a movie… I don‘t think I could watch it after reading the book 7mo
PuddleJumper That's great! 7mo
BookwormAHN I don't recommend it. 7mo
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Littlewolf1
The Girl Next Door | Jack Ketchum
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My #roll100 books for January 2022.

PuddleJumper Oo nice! Good luck! 7mo
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Bertha_Mason
The Girl Next Door | Jack Ketchum
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Such an accurate picture of the stupid, nasty sexual cruelty of little white boys that it made my whole body shudder with recognition. And such an accurate picture of honest adult struggle to make accountable sense of one's own childhood cruelty and complicity. And such an accurate picture of adult violence as seen and reasoned about by children. An ugly, terrible masterpiece.