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Jack Ketchum Writing Styles in The Girl Next Door

Jack Ketchum
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Point of View

The point of view in the novel is first person. It is told from the viewpoint of David, a bystander in the torment of Meg. This point of view is reliable, in that the person telling the tale is in the room as the horrific events occur and is friends with many of the perpetrators in the story. His reactions and eyewitness accounts prove him to be knowledgeable, and his torn emotional dialogs show him to be an honest storyteller. This point of view, according to Ketchum himself, is necessary, in that it draws the reader into the room, and makes him or her a co-conspirator to the events.

One of the primary themes in the novel is the emotional torment of the narrator, and this first person viewpoint actually allows the reader to feel this horrific torment. Additionally, it almost makes the reader feel guilty...

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