Une Fille Comme Les Autres (The Girl Next Door) (France)
French edition of The Girl Next Door, translated by Benoît Domis.
Movie tie-in edition.
It was the summer of 1965. Ray, Tim and Jennifer were just three teenage friends hanging out in the campgrounds, drinking a little. But Tim and Jennifer didn’t know what their friend Ray had in mind. And if they’d known they wouldn’t have thought he was serious. Then they saw what he did to the two girls at the neighboring campsite – and knew he was dead serious.
Four years later, the Sixties were drawing to a close. No one ever charged Ray with the murders in the campgrounds, but there was one cop determined to make him pay. Ray figured he was in the clear. Tim and Jennifer thought the worst was behind them, that the horrors were all in the past. They were wrong. The worst was yet to come.
The Woman is the powerful story of the last survivor of a feral tribe of cannibals who have terrorized the east coast from Maine into Canada for years now. Badly wounded in a battle with police, she takes refuge in a cave overlooking the sea.
Christopher Cleek is a slick, amoral – and unstable – country lawyer, who, out hunting one day, sees her bathing in a stream. Fascinated, he follows her to her cave.
Cleek has many dark secrets and to these he’ll add another. He will capture her, lock her in his fruit cellar, and tame her, civilize her. To this end he’ll enlist his long-suffering wife Belle, his teenage son and daughter Brian and Peg, and even his little girl Darlin’, to aid him.
So the question becomes, who is more savage? The hunter or the game?
Also includes the short story, Cow, which takes place a year after the novel ends.