Thursday, April 23, 2015

Review: Do Not Disturb (Deanna Madden #2) by Alessandra Torre

Series: Deanna Madden #2
Release Date: April 21, 2015
Publisher: Redhook
Genre: Dark Thriller
Source: Copy provided for honest review
Rating: ★★★★

1. Don't leave the apartment.
2. Never let anyone in.
3. Don't kill anyone.

The rules were simple and I broke them.
Now I must face the consequences.
Everyone else must face me.

The Girl in 6E was one of my top reads last year, one of the few books in recent history that I've re-read. I enjoyed it that much.  I was eager to jump back into the dark and twisted mind of Deanna Madden.

So much of what I enjoyed about TGi6E was present in Do Not Disturb. It's lined with the same frantic, thrilling and murderous urges. Yet, balanced out with this strange eroticism that comes along with being a virgin who sells the illusion of sex over the web.

Deanna is unlike any character I've ever read. She is fully aware of her biggest flaw and takes extreme steps to ensure the safety of others. She also knows she wants more out of life. She wants to be able to cross the street to grab a snack without committing murder in the first. She wants to date her boyfriend without it landing him in a body bag. But a murderer will do what a murderer does.

While Deanna struggles to right little parts of her life and try to fit Jeremy, her somewhat clueless boyfriend, into her strange existence - someone on the other side of the internet camgirl connection sets his sites on her.  He should probably be careful who he fucks with though, they might just be more homicidal than himself.

I have to say that I kind of missed more of the camgirl experiences, there seemed to be quite a bit more in the first book. BUT, there was more growth from Deanna in this one and I really wanted to see that.  She's not there yet, but she makes huge strides and I kind of love the blind faith Jeremy gives her...even if it isn't all together deserving. 

If you read The Girl in 6E and enjoyed it, I'd venture to say you'd enjoy this volume as well.  While it doesn't hold quite the same creepiness factor, it's no less thrilling and raw.  It's an exciting read when the hero is also kind of the villain. 

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