Book Review - The Girl in 6E by A. R. Torre
I just finished The Girl in 6E by A. R. Torre, and it turned into one of those "can't put it down" reads. It's a very dark and twisted story, and one that won't be comfortable for a number of readers. But it drew me in quickly, slowly revealing the plot as it went along...
The main character (Jessica Manchild - formerly Deanna Martin) is a single woman living on her own in a run-down apartment, one that she never leaves... never. She has everything delivered to her via mail-order, and all the deliveries are left outside her door. She does this to protect others from some very dark urges that involve death and violence. If she allowed herself around other people, there would be bloodshed.
She supports herself via camming. She's a hot commodity in the pay-for-virtual-play market, and she's turned her apartment into a studio that accommodates her clients and makes her a lot of money. Normally all the encounters are anonymous, but one of her clients triggers all sorts of alarms in her head. She wants to block him, but she's not sure if that will help or harm someone that might otherwise be the target of his fantasies. She has to decide whether putting herself at risk is worth the cost of potentially saving someone else who may or may not be real.
Torre researched her topic and the people in it extensively for the story, and she doesn't shy away from raw and explicit details of that world. The voice and tone of the story is very personal (told in first person from Jessica's view), and the direction of where things are going is a bit of a mystery at first. But the style and storytelling made it hard to put down, and once it started down the path of the main plot, I had to keep reading instead of packing for a trip like I should have been doing. :)
Those who are sensitive to vivid imagery of a violent or erotic nature might not care to read this, as there is plenty of both. But if that's not a show-stopper for you, then The Girl in 6E is a great story with interesting characters and situations.
Obtained From: Library