To those who aren’t aware of the exact genre The Girl in 6E is because you simply picked up the book for its title and the vague idea that it’s a thriller, this is me, letting you know here that it’s an ‘erotic thriller‘, and yes, this can result in a potentially conflicting read due to the different presumptions, expectations and such.
Although I’m not new to sex during moments of incredible violence in fiction, this book on a whole different level simply because Deanna a.k.a. Jessica, the main character, is a camgirl and acts of sex are pretty much involved in all the chapters she’s the narrator of. Fortunately, it wasn’t difficult for me to get into the flow of the book after I got over my initial surprise. In fact, the clear juxtaposition of her job and her murderous desires, made this book all the more interesting to me as I began analyzing it using the Freudian school of thought while reading.
Moreover, the way this book is written shows that Torre is clearly an experienced writer. I love how strong Deanna is, and how flawed she can be too. She’s a complex character that changes and grows while the story progresses and I really adore how the author made it so that Deanna is susceptible to being human. Unlike expected, she isn’t someone who has some innate talent in killing, much less someone who has mastered separating personas or whatever in order to be the perfect killer. The Girl in 6E is multilayered—it’s about the hope for something better, the courage to face one’s fears and to change (or maybe to not do either at all despite the exceptions), the depravity of one’s self, and the loss of loved ones. It’s both grotesque and gentle.
If it isn’t too out of your comfort zone, I highly recommend giving this book a try. It’s both fast-paced and riveting so it wont take too much of your time too!