Book Review(s): Deanna Madden trilogy by A.R. Torre

I love a good thriller/ suspense book and a well written romance is always fun for me to read. What better way to get the best of both worlds than with a book that fits into both genres?

The first book in this romance thriller trilogy is The Girl in 6E and was recommended to me by someone on Goodreads. The blurb definitely intrigued me and I’m always willing to read from a new to me author.

Blurb: I haven’t touched a human in three years. That seems like it would be a difficult task, but it’s not. Not anymore, thanks to the internet.

I am, quite possibly, the most popular recluse ever. Not many shut-ins have a 200-member fan club, a bank account in the seven-figure range, and hundreds of men lining up to pay for undivided attention.

They get satisfaction, I get a distraction. Their secret desires are nothing compared to why I hide… my lust for blood, my love of death. Taking their money is easy. Keeping all these secrets… one is bound to escape.

What if you hid yourself away because all you could think of was killing? And what if one girl’s life was depending on you venturing into society?

I thought the first book of this trilogy, The Girl in 6E, was a very strong start. Deanna was a very interesting character; her inner dialogue constantly talks about her observations on human behavior, particularly those of her male ‘clients’ she gets as a cam girl, as well as her dark desires and thoughts about death and blood.

While I found Deanna to be interesting and refreshing in some ways, there was some disconnect between her thoughts and behavior. She thought about this unexplainable desire to kill a lot yet took steps to keep her away from doing so; I almost think that she wanted to give in simply to see if she could do it. In the end, she didn’t feel realistic or relatable in terms of her motivations, etc.

I guess I also wanted her to be a little more badass, but unlike characters like Dexter Morgan, she does nothing to prepare herself for the time that she will inevitably give in and so when she’s faced with a different kind of villain, she and the plot fell flat for me.

I also felt pretty in the middle about the second one, Do Not Disturb. I was interested to see how Deanna would change, either into a better or worse person, after the events of the first book. In the end, I didn’t see a lot of change. I was also disappointed that the thriller aspect wasn’t as strong as the first book.

The third and final book, If You Dare, however, wrapped the trilogy up much better than I thought. There were some really good thriller/ suspense elements written into the whole plot. Deanna felt more like the character we first met though maybe a little more. The ending wasn’t what I really wanted, but I definitely understood why it ended the way it did.

Overall, I thought the first book was the best and I think I would have been perfectly happy to read only that one rather than reading all three. I didn’t absolutely love the series as a whole, but I didn’t strongly dislike it either.

Have you read this series? What were your thoughts?


4 thoughts on “Book Review(s): Deanna Madden trilogy by A.R. Torre

  1. Am adding Girl in 6E to my TBR. I’d love to read it but I keep forgetting about it. It sounds really good and have heard it’s a little similar to Caroline Kepnes’ “You.” Not sure if that comparison is correct, but I’d like to see if it is. Have you ever read You?

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