The Girl In 6E by A.R. Torre was a wild book to read. It was a slightly unfamiliar territory for me, as it’s a thriller with very strong erotica themes. I’ll state up front that it’s probably not for everyone, though it’s a really, really cool read if that’s what you’re into.
The Girl In 6E is a 21-year-old woman named Deanna. Most people who interact with her, however, don’t know her by her real name or identity. Deanna is a cam girl on the internet who goes by the persona of Jessica Reilly, a 19-year-old college girl. She has a hoard of dedicated clients who pay a whopping $6.99 a minute to watch her get naked. She talks with them as Jessica, listens intently to all their life stories, their secret fantasies and deepest secrets, all the while never giving even the slightest bit away about who she really is. She doesn’t do this for the safety precautions you might imagine though… You see, four years ago, when Deanna was just about to graduate from high school, she had one of the most traumatic experiences you could imagine, and it left her with a figurative taste for blood. Every since, she’s had a fascination with death – particularly, with causing it to other people. She spent a year trying to work her newfound blood lust out, trying to contain it, but it was all too much for her, and so she decided the only way to stop herself from murdering was to lock herself away from all physical human interaction in the confines of her apartment. A lot of effort went into making such a thing work – she began working online as a cam girl in order to make money; she orders all her food from diet programs like Jenny Craig; orders all her personal items online and often in bulk; has an agreement with her addict neighbour to lock her in from the outside at night in exchange for prescription meds she orders online; and convinces the UPS guy who’s intrigued with her to forge her signature on all her packages and leave them outside her door for her to retrieve when nobody else is around.
For three years, this set-up has worked well for Deanna. That is, until she starts chatting with a new client with the username RalphMA35. Ralph has a particular interest that doesn’t sit well with Deanna/Jessica – he only wants her to roleplay as a little girl named Annie. Deanna begins to fear that Annie is a real little girl, and that if she stops chatting with Ralph he’ll go after the real girl. When Deanna catches wind of an Amber Alert in Ralph’s area involving a little girl named Annie, she’s convinced Ralph is the culprit. With the help of a loyal client who happens to be a talented hacker, and the infatuated UPS guy (Jeremy), Deanna does what she hasn’t done in three years – leaves her apartment to go out into the real world, in order to save Annie (and, she hopes, to kill Ralph).
The Girl In 6E is, like I mentioned earlier, a wild read. It’s full of sex (mostly cyber), so if graphic descriptions of sex and sexuality aren’t something you’re comfortable with, you probably won’t appreciate this book. Torre does an excellent job at really getting into the occupation of camming, the rules that cam girls follow, their tricks, etc. Not only that, but she also did a great job at portraying what it means to be a full-fledged recluse. I’ve never read a book with a character like Deanna/Jessica before, and honestly, despite her murderous desires, she’s actually a very likeable character. You want to know her.
The first half of the book is not particularly fast-paced, as it’s mostly Deanna’s daily life in her apartment, camming as Jessica, suppressing her twisted thoughts, and flashbacks to her previous life before 6E. In addition to all that, there are alternating chapters thrown in that come from the perspective of Ralph himself, as well as Jeremy the delivery guy. The second part of the book, when Deanna leaves her apartment in search of Ralph and Annie, the pace picks up pretty quickly. Just reading along, knowing that Deanna hasn’t been outside in three years and why, you kind of experience the rush with her as she fights to stay focused on saving Annie rather than veering off to murder the first person she can get her hands on.
I was thoroughly entertained by The Girl in 6E by A.R. Torre, and I’m extremely excited that a sequel will be released in the spring of 2015. It’s a rather unique book in its themes, but very easy to slip into and get caught up in. I would highly recommend The Girl In 6E to those who love modern, racy thrillers or female anti-heroes. I give this one 4.5 super solid stars!