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Do Not Disturb by A. R. TorreSynopsis.

Equal parts Dexter and 50 Shades, this is the eagerly awaited follow-up to the daring erotic thriller, The Girl in 6E, by A.R. Torre.

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.

This is the SECOND book in the Deanna Madden series, see my review of The Girl In 6E (book 1)

The Good Bits.

Formerly a minor character, Mike the hacker, takes on a more major role in this novel. I actually like Mike a lot more than Jeremy. Where Jeremy is judging and jealous when it comes to Deanna’s webcamming career, Mike is understanding and an asset. And sure he is a client is some ways, but in this book we get to see more of the ways that he’s a friend and confidant to Deanna. Even if he’s not privy to all of the most gruesome details of her life. Further, you get a peek into Mike’s life outside of the internet and how he is, in some ways, living a life not too different from Deanna’s.

In the first book, I wasn’t exactly gunning for Deanna to knock off the villain. It was a situation where I thought she could have just as easily called the police, and this was clearly her own selfishness getting the best of her. But in this novel, I couldn’t wait for her to get her hands on this guy. The villain in this novel was so completely irredeemable and disgusting that it would be difficult to want any other fate for him. In the first book Deanna was gunning for someone who didn’t know she was coming, but this time, the tables have been turned. This also gave it a lot more suspense and added more to the thriller element.

I love how Deanna deals with her clients online. She’s always in control and she only does what she wants to do. She isn’t about to let some random person online dictate what she does just because they have money. This was a really positive portrayal of a sex worker which is what I liked about it. That being said, the story also showed the shadier side of webcamming with girls who performed actions they found painful because they needed the money. It was a great way to show both sides of the coin, so to speak.

Sour Grapes.

I don’t like torture scenes or graphic descriptions of rape, and often they feel more like shock factor than something necessary to the story. And this book has a lot of graphic descriptions. Whenever you get the villain’s POV it’s a non-stop show of misogyny and fantasies of torture and rape. And all that is usually paired with the villain masturbating. I think that there are ways to show how terrible of a guy he is without being graphic, so I wasn’t a fan.

There was, not unlike the first novel, a lot of telling vs. showing. Again, since it’s interesting stuff I didn’t mind it, but I know some people would be annoyed by info dumps like this. I also found that there were a lot of unnecessary POVs included. For example, there’s one scene where we get the POV of a girl that was attacked by the villain, so I got excited to hear her story, but then that was the ONLY scene she got. What was the point of even including her if there’s not going to be any exploration of her character?
Jeremy and Deanna’s relationship was also blah. It seems to be based primarily on him bringing her food and sexual chemistry. Even Deanna wonders if she’s only with him because he’s the first attractive guy to show up. And Jeremy’s view of Deanna is just that she’s sexy and his strange feeling that she’s a ‘good person’. Which honestly, is enough to cut it in real life, but in a book, it’s just annoying.

The Last Bite.

I keep wanting to rate these higher, but my overall impression of the book is that it’s a solid three out of five. It’s better than the first novel in that I understand Deanna’s motivations more and the characters are more fleshed out. Which is honestly rare to see in a trilogy, usually the second book is the worst one. I’m still intrigued about what Deanna will get up to next so I’ll keep reading on!

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What do you think of graphic scenes/descriptions? Are they ever necessary? Do you think they can add to a story, or no?

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