"Deanna Madden, aka Jessica Reilly, hasn't touched another person in three years.
She hasn't left her apartment.
She makes money from performing to webcams on a sex site, where her clients pay $6.99 a minute for her time.
She's doing alright. The dollars are piling up in the bank. She's the number 3 model on cams.com.
And she hasn't killed anyone for years.
But when Deanna sees on the news that a little girl called Annie has gone missing, the story rattles her carefully ordered world. It's uncomfortably similar to the dark fantasy of one of her most disturbing online clients. She's convinced he's responsible for the girl's abduction - but no one will listen to her.
So, after three years, Deanna finally leaves the apartment.
And this is what happens…"
Oh, this was GOOD. At first I wasn't too sure, Deanna/Jessica works as a "model" on sex webcam shows and there is quite a bit of description into what she actually does in her cam shows. This is not really my kind of thing, and I was close to giving up, but having read the blurb I was hoping for something more - and there was MORE.
Deanna's story is really, really, disturbing and although I felt like I shouldn't like her, I actually did. Despite the back story (which does eventually become clear), I felt sorry for her. Who could stand to stay in their apartment ALL THE TIME?? She is terrified of leaving, and it's hard to say more than that without leaking out huge, great spoilers.
This was a brilliant novel, that I picked up purely by chance in everyone's favourite major book shop, simply because I had already chosen one novel and it was buy one get one half price, but I'm so glad I persevered with it. An unusual, shocking, disturbing story that will stay with me for a good while, and I'm recommending it to everyone I meet, (and Book Club BFF has already laid claim to my copy!).
The Girl in 6E is out now and you can get it here: