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The Girl Next Door Summary
Jack Ketchum

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The Girl Next Door Summary

Plot Summary

The Girl Next Door by Jack Ketchum is a harrowing tale about the power of adult suggestion over children, the power of group dynamics, and the horrifying result of childhood fantasies given life. Young David and his friends are at an age where sexual fantasies and ideas are beginning to foster. Meg and her sister, Susan, come to live with neighborhood's favorite mom, Ruth, when their parents are killed in a car accident. As David begins to find himself with a crush on Meg, the others in the neighborhood begin to notice changes in Ruth. Ruth becomes more an more obsessed with Meg as a young woman, and uses her to teach her sons and their friends about the evils of women. When the boys begin to become sexually frustrated with mental images of Meg, Ruth begins to beat and torment Meg and disabled Susan. As the beatings...

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