The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre
First in the Deanna Madden trilogy
Madden lives inside of apartment 6E. Deanna Madden doesn’t go outside
or let anyone inside. Because if she does, she can’t promise they’ll
come out alive. Sounds interesting right? Believe me, it is. I didn’t
even tell you the rest and I bet this novel already has your interest
piqued. Deanna Madden is the only surviving member of her family after
her mother went on a killing rampage and destroyed everyone Deanna knew
and loved. Deanna, herself, experiences the intense urge to kill. It
wouldn’t be so bad if she hadn’t done it before. But she liked doing it
and wants to do it again. Deanna supports herself by being sex webstar.
She has the oddest clients, but they don’t really bother her. Until one
client is too fixated on one little girl and Deanna knows something is
wrong. Then there’s Jeremy, the UPS guy who has become obsessed with
Deanna. Who is the mysterious girl who’s voice he hears from inside? Why
doesn’t she come outside?
Honestly, a lot of scenes in
The Girl in 6E seem a little too convenient. I can sustain my disbelief,
but some of these things would not ever happen. I also think I should
mention that besides Deanna and Jeremy’s POV we also get sprinkles of
Annie, Annie’s mother, and the child abductor’s POV. It doesn’t hinder
how the story flows; in fact I think it strengthens it.
“I don’t know what is sadder, expecting myself to fail or being too scared to dream of success.”
Whimsical Writing Scale: 3.5
main female character is Deanna. Deanna is a tough character to like. I
know I’m not supposed to like her or sympathize with her, but I like
Amazing Amy even though she’s batshit. You see, my problem with Deanna
is that she contradicts herself. Deanna wants to slay everyone, but she
also wants to save this little girl, Annie. Being filled with bloodlust
and wanting to save the day makes her the weirdest killer/ heroine I’ve
ever come across. Deanna also makes a lot of stupid decisions. Mainly
because she’s driven by bloodlust and can’t see past her animalistic
rage; she’s no calculating killer, that’s for sure.
long, agonized scream was for the life I had taken, both hers and mine.
It was a scream for what, in that instant, I had become.”
Kick-Butt Heroine Scale: 3
“I can only hope that I never have such a devastating effect on the world.”
main male love interest is Jeremy. Could I even call Jeremy a love
interest? I’m not sure. The way that Jeremy and Deanna officially meet
has to be one of the most entertaining couple meetings I’ve ever read.
Basically, Jeremy busted into Deanna’s apartment because she didn’t
answer and the door happened to be unlocked. She’s filming her usual
videos and then she tries to kill him with his own box cutters. Then
they made out while she was naked. It’s a pretty entertaining
experience, but also just so out there. Could you imagine explaining
that to your kids one day? Jeremy wants to be the hero, but I don’t
really know if he’s good at it. He seems just as off his rocker as
Deanna to want to be with a girl who exhibits psychopathic tendencies.
But it’s true lurveee.
“It is a battle raging in my mind, sex versus murder, and I am cataloging the different weapon possibilities within reach.”
Swoon Worthy Scale: 1.75
would be easy to say that Deanna is the obvious villain in this story,
but she isn’t. There are two characters that tangle in a deathly dance
with both sick minds. The mind of a killer vs. the mind of a pedophile
who has killed plays out in the final mission that leads Deanna to
leaving her hobbit hole. Both are characters are sick and calculating.
“This is premeditated. Planned. I am driving along this road with every intent on killing this man.”
Villain Scale: 4.5
really like Annie; she’s the embodiment of all that Deanna has lost.
She represents the siblings she lost as well as her innocence. Annie is
such an entertaining character to read from because she only wants to do
well and doesn’t seem the horrors of the world yet. I also liked
Annie’s parents; they are very broken because of a physical handicap
that has them living poorly, but you can tell they love each other and
their daughter. It’s warming to see some light in such a dark novel.
Character Scale: 3.5
have to say that there is one scene in this novel that absolutely
horrified me. I’ve never read such a brutal murder before and it was
kind of physically sickening. Not because of the murder, but because of
the horrifying madness portrayed. The ending wraps up well; a little too
well for my tastes. I do plan on reading the rest of the trilogy
because it's completely entertaining.
Plotastic Scale: 4.5
Thoughts: The cover kind of has a horror movie poster vibe; which I
like. I don’t love the cover, but I do think it’s intriguing.
Thank you, Netgalley and Redhook for giving me the opportunity to review this novel in exchange for an honest review.
Have you read or plan to read The Girl in 6E? Let me know down below in the comments!