Review: The Girl in 6E by Alessandra Torre

The Girl in 6EDeanna 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 happen…

Review

Think about this. You rarely, if ever, read anything original anymore. Someone has an idea? Chances are someone else has had it before. We’re all influenced by what we’ve experienced, but we’re also influenced by what we consume. Novels have elements of stories before them. The Girl in 6E does as well, but I am not able to compare it to anything else. Either the plot itself is original, or I haven’t come across it yet.

The world Deanna inhabits could be considered erotic, but the only reason libido is brought into it is Deanna’s job. Her job, her life, the details, and how she goes about her day is what snagged my attention. The promise of a messed up character, one aware of her many flaws, with a darkness lurking is something I know I want to read about.

I go out of my way to learn about alternative lifestyles and occupations. Deanna’s day and behaviour wasn’t surprising and the details led me to believe the author did a great deal of research into Camming. The prospect of reading about a girl camming could be considered titillating, but the life of a cyber-sex worker is all show. There’s nothing erotic and Deanna has some very disturbing thoughts. Disturbing thoughts that would probably kill any titillation if there was any.

I thought the role of Jessica was fleshed out very well. The quirks, unpleasantness, and every day life Jessica experiences unfolded steadily. It was when Jessica reverted back to Deanna that The Girl in 6E lost it for me. She was all over the place and there was very little resolution by the end, which fell flat.

The ideas in The Girl in 6E are food for thought. If a human being intent on murder locks themselves away are they a decent human being? Isolation is not healthy, if Deanna goes through this, does this somehow repent for what she has done? Is this a life she has for herself? So many questions and they’re not answered to my satisfaction. Regardless of my obvious confusion and dissatisfaction, I actually found it difficult to stop reading for most of the story.

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