ISBN: 9780316404389 (hardcover)
ISBN: 9780316404426 (ebook)
ASIN: B00HQ2N0M0 (Kindle edition)
Publication date: July 8, 2014
I haven't touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it's not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.
I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.
They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide... my lust for blood, my love of death.
Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets... one is bound to escape.
What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl's life depending on you venturing into society?
Enter a world of lies, thrills, fears, and all desires, in this original thriller from A. R. Torre.
Jessica Reilly is a popular young lady. She's vivacious, outgoing, and openly erotic. The only problem is that Jessica Reilly doesn't really exist. Jessica Reilly is the working name for Deanna Madden. Deanna uses the Jessica Reilly identity to work as an internet sex worker (and she makes darn good money at it too). No, she isn't a prostitute, but she does perform sensual and sexual acts on demand on various cam websites. Jessica is a college student with an active social life, while Deanna lives the life of hermit, never going outside her apartment and having contact with the outside world via phone, internet, or through her apartment door. Is there anything that can compel Deanna to rejoin the outside world? Will the outside world be safe from her homicidal dreams and desires?
The Girl in 6E is a dark, somewhat erotic, psychological thriller. The author doesn't shy away from describing, in very graphic details, the exploits of Deanna as an internet sex worker. It seems that the only way Deanna can continue with her voyeuristic sex job is by creating a persona that is the exact opposite of who she is as a person. Deanna might be considered troubled by some and tragic by others. Her mother slaughtered her father and twin brother and sisters before, presumably, committing suicide. Now Deanna dreams of murder and feels the only way she can protect the public-at-large from her homicidal ideations is to retreat from the world. Unfortunately, the UPS delivery man, Jeremy, is curious about her and wants to learn more. Deanna has virtual acquaintances that she relies upon such as her two psychologists - one deals with her concerns with her client base and the other with her homicidal desires, a client that has become her tech guru, another client that provides her with pills for her addicted neighbor, and Jeremy the UPS man. All of these acquaintances serve a purpose as long as they stay in the rigid guidelines Deanna has crafted for her world to continue. She even goes so far as having her neighbor lock her in each night so she won't wander out and possibly attack and/or kill someone. It isn't until one of her online clients begins to want a twisted role-play that Deanna begins to wonder if there's more to him that meets the eye. When she learns her suspicions are valid, she has to decide if she can do anything to control the situation.
I've got to admit that my inner prude cringed a few times when I began to read The Girl in 6E. Even with my prudish responses, I simply couldn't put this book down. I found The Girl in 6E to be a fast-paced read from beginning to end. It was fascinating to discover the behind-the-scenes world of the internet sex web-cam world. It was also interesting to learn more about the inner thoughts of the character Deanna/Jessica and read about her interactions (limited though they were) with others. The Girl in 6E deals with some hard and harsh topics, such as sexual fetishism, mental illness, homicide, pedophilia, and social isolation. I wouldn't describe this as a light read but it was definitely one I'm glad I read. If you enjoy reading about the dark side of human nature or psychological thrillers, then you'll definitely want to read The Girl in 6E.
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