Dexter Morgan meets Chris Hansen
My life, inside this apartment is simple. It works, as long as I follow the rules.
1. Don’t leave the apartment. Not in case of fire, not to mail a letter, not to run an errand. The door stays shut, and I stay inside.
2. Don’t get attached to clients. I take off my clothes, I stand in front of the camera, and I perform. What they want, I give. Their secrets, I keep. Everything I tell them, is a lie.
3. Don’t kill anyone. I’ve obeyed that rule for over three years.
My life, inside this apartment was simple, and it worked. Then, I started breaking rules.
Enter a world of lies, thrills, fears, and all desires, in this original thriller from A. R. Torre.
I remember sometime last year this being a book to read from one of the book groups that I follow. At the time, I had 0 desire to have anything to do with the story. A few months on, and with a great respect for Alessandra Torre, I decided that it was time.
I read this book on the heels of reading Bang. Bang, was a dark, tragic series of events that made me wonder why I was so excited to read it in the first place. I was concerned about moving from one dark story and moving into another. I shouldn’t have been concerned though, I’m familiar enough with Alessandra Torre’s writing style, to know that she can pull a story together, still keeping you wrapt, with her witty banter and fabulous writing style.
“What exactly was your plan? To kill me?”
“You entered my home. I have the right to defend myself.”
“That wasn’t defense. That was fucking psychopath behavior. You were one step behind Hannibal Lecter with that shit.”
Walking into this book, I was a little confused regarding where this story was going to go. I mean simple enough, Jennifer/Deanna is house bound because she chooses to be. She’s protecting people, all of them, against herself. And she does stuff, in front of a camera. The synopsis is vague at best and doesn’t really tell you what is going on. Not in the traditional sense at least.
When you start reading a number of things are happening. Initially it feels as though there are all unrelated, slightly confusing and disjointed, but slowly you start to see what’s happening. You see how the threads are going to be woven together. Each chapter was short and to the point. It just kept moving and you didn’t feel as though too much time was spent over examining or analyzing things. It almost felt like an episode of CSI. Go, go, go!
The only time that I was left a little confused was when Jennifer/Deanna began to relay certain relationships she created with her “clients”. Okay, not all her clients, just one particular client. I’m hoping that in the follow-up (yes, there is another) that we delve a little more into this guy, because I felt like there was more story to tell there. I didn’t see how it fit into the overall story.
Overall I liked the way this book made me feel. I at times chuckled
[I] dump an armful of sugary perfection on the counter, and the dark-skinned man behind it shoots me an odd look. I move to the coolers, grabbing Fanta, Cherry Coke, a Monster Energy drink, and a Dr Pepper. This is easily one of the greatest moments I have had in recent memory
then other times, wanted to reach through the pages and just give Jennifer/Deanna a hug
Others letting you down is ice cream and cookies compared with the rejection of your own soul.
There’s so much more to this story and for me I was left with more questions than answers. I look forward to the follow-up, holding on to the hope that those answers are there.
Pick up The Girl from 6E from Amazon for a measly $3.99
This is the extended version with additional scenes, from the earlier release
P.S – I am in love with that book cover!