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Publication date: 17th July 2014 Hardback – Kindle edition available now. From Orion.
Thank you to the author and publisher for the review copy via netgalley.
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..
This book in a soundbite: Sexy as hell and deeply disturbing.
I loved it, in that way that you do as a reader when you immediately connect with a character like I did with Jessica. Damaged and beautiful, she works as a camgirl, hides herself away and never leaves her apartment – her urge to kill is so ingrained into her that she believes any real contact with the outside world will end badly. For those she encounters, not her. As she says, she doesnt play well with others…
As we learn more about Jessica and what has led her here, it is utterly compelling and actually very emotional – I loved her attitude, her determination, felt sorry for her loneliness, appreciated her dark side which is offset by a moral code that even she doesnt realise she possesses a lot of the time. Ok, the sexually explicit content as she describes her life as a camgirl may not be for everyone but Ms Torre has done an absolutely amazing job in making it both strangely fascinating yet imperative to the understanding of the person, her motives, and of course what comes next…
There is some clever play on the relationships that Jessica DOES develop – the psychiatrist she uses, the man who delivers her parcels, the lad down the hall who locks her safely into her apartment every night – and of course all those online encounters that mean when the axe falls Jessica has a whole world of knowledge to fall back on. When she realises that she may be the only hope that young 6 year old Annie has of surviving, she embarks on a journey that is dangerous, utterly thrilling and kept me on the edge of my seat for the whole of the last portion of the book. Constructively speaking this was intelligent writing at its best – every step Jessica takes is utterly realistic because you KNOW her. Very very good indeed.
This is an astute, imaginative and creative character driven tale with a very dark heart that will keep you turning the pages long into the night – for me it was all about redemption for Jessica, I hoped throughout that everything she does will end up giving her release from her demons and the hope of a more normal life. Add to that the very thrilling mystery aspect of this -a child in danger, always an impassioned subject, the truth about what happened to Jessica before her life as it is and you have a terrific all round read with a depth that may surprise you if all you have to hand is the synopsis. Give this one a go, I can almost guarantee you won’t be disappointed.
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