Release Date: April 17, 2013
Genre: Contemporary Erotic Thriller
I screw men for money. Not literally, think phone sex operator with a 15 megapixel web cam thrown in. They tell me their deepest, darkest fantasies while paying me $6.99 a minute.
What would possess me to engage in such a business? Throw in a tortoured past, 24/7 murderous thoughts, and a desire to keep the innocent people of my small town safe.I was contained, out of the way, sexcamming my way to utter obscurity until HE came along. A twisted client armed with a targets name. Annie. And in that name, everything changed.
Warning: This book contains explicit sexual references, and should not be read by anyone under the age of 18.
Do I ever seem happy about my fantasies? It's just so fucked up.
I hate that I enjoy the thought of this disgusting shit.
Lately, it's been depressing me more than usual.
When Alessandra Torre reached out to us about her novel, THE GIRL IN 6E, she said that it was erotica and from the blurb it just sounded just like that with the heroine being a web sex operator with a penchant for the macabre. So I was really braced for some pure, undiluted lust and maybe eventually love in the end and I got that and so much more. ATorre surely took me for a ride because THE GIRL IN 6E is more than your usual erotica, yes it's a story that revolves around sex but it's also a dark and delicious psychological thriller. I love the layers of taboo, alarming mental complexes of Jessica and her clients, and other dark and disturbing things one would only dare explore and/or think in private.
THE GIRL IN 6E is about a girl hiding behind the name, Jessica Beth Manchild, who is a full time webcam sex operator/performer. See Jessica has a gruesome past and its shadow continues to haunt her. See Jessica has anthrophobia, fear of human interaction, mixed with cruorimania, an obsession with murder (I learned a couple of new words in this book) which easily makes her story and characterization enthralling from the get go. Because of these phobias, Jessica stays in her apartment 24/7 and lives her life via the webcam through her clients. She gets her stuff delivered from medicines to food at her doorstep, careful not to even sign off the deliveries lest she gives in to her desire to kill. She has one of her neighbors lock her up at night because she's afraid that she might go on a murderous rampage and just start killing off people. She has these absurd fantasies where she'll just start stabbing the first person she comes in contact with or the unlucky human being who makes the mistake of crossing the threshold of her apartment. These thoughts turns her on but she fully acknowledges this problem of hers and how alarming it is. So she's sort of made this gilded prison for herself, locked inside her apartment, earning a ridiculous amount of money but not fully able to enjoy it.
The plot and Jessica's character is very interesting because if any, she's an anti-hero. She's not the character you'd really want to root for not just because of her unconventional occupation but who she is as a person. She's sick in the head and she's caught in this internal battle, fighting off this blood thirsty beast living inside of her. Her character reminds me a lot of Chuck Wendig's Miriam Black and even of Stacia Kane's Chess Putnam in the sense that Jessica is flawed and cracked in places and like Humpty Dumpty, you can't put her together again. Her character is so compelling in her brokenness and I'm actually torn in the sense where part of me wants her to get better and live a normal life but then again, I don't want to lose her eccentricity to the conventions of the society. So most definitely, ATorre created a very provocative character in Jessica and story in THE GIRL IN 6E.
A quick take on the romance part, it's very thin and wasn't the focus of the story. ATorre kept it Jessica-centric which worked for me. Although Jeremy Bryant, the "hero" was hot and Jessica's knight but he was more of a supporting character than a main one. Nevertheless, his character is important to Jessica's growth. The conflict-resolution was nothing short of great despite how terrifying and broken the entire situation is. It reinforced the dark psychological theme that ATorre mixed with the erotic turning THE GIRL IN 6E into this wonderfully written taboo, quick-read novella freaks like me would certainly get a kick out of. At the end of the story, ATorre's writing reminded me a lot of Gillian Flynn's mind-fucked novels in terms of the theme and how everything isn't what it's supposed to be.
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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Alessandra Torre is an exciting new author who astonished the publishing world with the success of her first novel, Blindfolded Innocence. Initially self-published, the intriguing romance and erotica title quickly rose to the top of the charts on Kindle and Amazon and attracted the interest of major publishing houses. Currently available on Kindle, iBookstore and Nook, Blindfolded Innocence will be available in print in 30 different countries through Harlequin Publishing in June 2013.Torre’s captivating story about a young intern’s sexual awakening has won praise and rave reviews from numerous critics, bloggers and book reviewers, including the acclaimed Dr. Laura Berman. In her recent article “35 to Read After 50″ in Everyday Health, Dr. Berman recommended Blindfolded as a must-read for book enthusiasts searching for a new fix after Fifty Shades of Grey. The book has also received high marks from readers on Goodreads and other literary web sites where fans frequently remark they can’t wait for a Blindfolded sequel!Momentarily stunned by the book’s rapid success and loyal following, Torre is currently at work on a thriller that will be released in the next two months as well as a sequel to Blindfolded. From her home near the tranquil warm waters of the Emerald Coast in Florida, she devotes several hours each day to various writing projects and interacting with her fans on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Happily married to her “best friend” and with one son, she loves watching SEC football games, horseback riding, reading and watching movies.