Blog Tour Review + Excerpt: The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre

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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...
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4 STARS

This is not a romance. This is not about falling in love, or even how love can heal a broken, tortured soul. This book is mystery and suspense, from start to finish. It's the unraveling of something so complex and intriguing that you can't stop turning the pages until you've reached the end, peeled back every layer. And, if you've followed my blog long enough, you're probably aware that I absolutely cannot resist the suspense/thriller genre. I’m fascinated with tales of the dark, gritty, and twisted variety. I crave the stories that make my mind spin with anticipation and go a little crazy with shock. With The Girl in 6E, I get all of that. The whirlwind of emotions, the captivation, the wide-eyed reactions.  
My secret, my obsession, is worse than any of theirs. To contain it, I do the only thing I can: I lock myself up.
As soon as the book begins, the reader is thrust into the strange life of the girl in apartment 6E, Deanna Madden. I said that romance wasn't the focus of this story, but seduction and eroticism are still a big part of Deanna's everyday life. It’s a world of fetishes and psychological games. As a performer on webcam sites, known as Jessica Reilly, she's very good at what she does and is paid very well. The money she earns allows her to buy anything and everything she could possibly need to stay locked up in her tiny apartment...and never have to come out. The arrangements she's made are so thorough. Her supplies well-stocked. But why? Why?? Because letting herself loose in the real world would only lead to her feeding her bloodlust, her obsession with killing. I got that eerie, spine-tingling feeling every time a murderous thought crossed her mind. The things she'd imagine. The details she'd go into. There was something terribly wrong with this seemingly beautiful girl.
I grip the knife. I roll it in my palm, reintroducing myself to its feel, welcoming an old friend with open arms.
I, of course, wondered what happened to her. How did she end up like this? And...of course...I slowly got my answer. Flashbacks provided the missing pieces of Deanna's past, each one more sad and horrifying than the last, finally punctuated with the hit--the one reveal that I didn't see coming. I loved going back to each of those moments with her, hanging on every word until I was left stunned!

Aside from Deanna's point of view, several chapters were told from other characters' perspectives. They ere extremely brief, but they balanced out the isolation created by Deanna's accounts. They were also glimpses into the outside world, acting as puzzle pieces, not quite revealing the whole picture. There was an even bigger evil brewing outside of Deanna's apartment walls.
A client of hers catches her attention. His requests bother her...and her instincts about the man are only kicked into high-gear when a little girl is kidnapped not long after their chats. She makes the connection between his sick requests and the missing girl, and is ultimately convinced that he is the one responsible. I love that feeling when you're following along and everything starts to click! Finally, Deanna is faced with a choice: stay inside where she knows it's safe, or risk everything to save an innocent child?
I want to kill, I need to kill, I have a target before me It is the first time I haven't fought the feeling, haven't tried to control it with closed eyes or a redirection of my mind. Instead, I embrace it...
The events that follow are a crazy tailspin. It was that undeniable rush of sitting at the edge of my seat, yet cringing and bracing myself for what could unfold next. Bravo, to Torre's writing! She created something so disturbing, yet riveting and stunning!

However, the end didn’t mean a magic cure for all of Deanna’s demons. The danger and darkness still lingered inside of her. Moving forward was interesting to say the least. After the path she took and everything she'd done...something changed. Like a tiny pulse after a flatline. Deanna ends up with…a friend?...a connection. Someone that she could let inside. Again, I repeat that this isn’t a love story, but a part of Deanna is left curious, wondering what it would be like to explore actual human interaction again. Perhaps she’s strong enough now? Finally in a place where she can allow that? Author Alessandra Torre has left the door open for the girl in 6E, and I'm dying to know where she'll go next!
Hope is dangerous. Hope can be the loose thread that pulls apart your sanity.


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PURCHASE


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EXCERPT
It was a trick.  Jeremy realized it as he watched her moan and convulse beneath him.  It was a performance that was certainly tempting, mind-blowing, three staggering times hotter than any fantasy he had ever had.  But it was staged, her madness held in check behind one false layer of sensuality.  He ran his hand lightly over the thin skin of her throat, at the sensitive place where her tendons intertwined in life-giving support.  As much as he loved her flushed skin, her beautiful breasts, her moans of arousal, he wanted to see behind the curtain of her performance even more.  He wanted to know what he was dealing with.  He moved his hands closer and clenched them, squeezing tightly around her neck.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR



A.R. Torre is a pseudonym for popular erotica author Alessandra Torre. Blindfolded Innocence, her first novel, was a huge success and captured the attention of readers everywhere. When not writing, A.R. Torre enjoys reading, traveling, and spending time with her family.

 
*** ARC provided by author in exchange for honest review ***