Tuesday, December 28, 2021

The Girl Next Door

Book: The Girl Next Door

Author: Jack Ketchum

Suburbia. Shady, tree-lined streets, well-tended lawns and cozy homes. A nice, quiet place to grow up. Unless you are teenage Meg or her crippled sister, Susan. On a dead-end street, in the dark, damp basement of the Chandler house, Meg and Susan are left captive to the savage whims and rages of a distant aunt who is rapidly descending into madness. It is a madness that infects all three of her sons and finally the entire neighborhood. Only one troubled boy stands hesitantly between Meg and Susan and their cruel, torturous deaths. A boy with a very adult decision to make.-Goodreads

Review: This is a devastating book based on real life events about a teenage girl who is kept prisoner by her aunt and abused by her aunt, cousins and neighborhood kids. Gripping, well written, but not for the faint of heart.

Grade: 4/5 

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