The Girl in 6E – Alessandra Torre [kindle edition #BookReview #Reivew]

Dexter Morgan meets Chris Hansen

The Girl in 6E – Kindle Edition $3.99

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!

Keeping it Dark

Am I in a dark place?  I have to wonder because some of what I’ve read lately has had some seriously dark/taboo undertones.  In some cases, they aren’t undertones at all, but rather neon flashing lights.

Veiled Innocence – a fathers shocking hatred of his daughter
Pleasure – a husband who beats his wife
Bang – I can’t even go there it’s just so depressing
The Girl in 6E – oh the gruesomeness!! Though an inexplicably fun read!

Did I spoil myself with the light and fluffy romance novels?  I was going to read the In the Company of Killers series next, but I don’t know if I can go there.  Do I want more darkness?  When will I start seeing the light again?   Maybe this is what I need though?  A little time away from the millionaires, billionaires, CEOs, the playboys and perfect, oh so perfect men.   The gushy lovey story with the will they, well of course they will, predictability.  Am I sure that I want to give that up for a while longer?  Can I?

I think that I can.  In fact, I will just a little bit more.  There’s something nice about having a change.  As long as the change is in the Erotic wheel house… I won’t be straying to far from that in the least.  Well, not on purpose.   So here we go again… what’s in store for Sarai?!

Killing Sarai (In the Company of Killers) [kindle edition – $2.99]

Sarai was only fourteen when her mother uprooted her to live in Mexico with a notorious drug lord. Over time she forgot what it was like to live a normal life, but she never let go of her hope to escape the compound where she has been held for the past nine years.

Victor is a cold-blooded assassin who, like Sarai, has known only death and violence since he was a young boy. When Victor arrives at the compound to collect details and payment for a hit, Sarai sees him as her only opportunity for escape. But things don’t go as planned and instead of finding transport back to Tucson, she finds herself free from one dangerous man and caught in the clutches of another.

While on the run, Victor strays from his primal nature as he succumbs to his conscience and resolves to help Sarai. As they grow closer, he finds himself willing to risk everything to keep her alive; even his relationship with his devoted brother and liaison, Niklas, who now like everyone else wants Sarai dead.

As Victor and Sarai slowly build a trust, the differences between them seem to lessen, and an unlikely attraction intensifies. But Victor’s brutal skills and experience may not be enough in the end to save her, as the power she unknowingly holds over him may ultimately be what gets her killed.

This is their story…

Maybe after all of that, once I’ve gotten my fill, I’ll rummage my way through some friendly smut.  Well, maybe not too friendly.