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Monday, September 15, 2008

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

When most people hear the stories on TV talk shows about young kids getting kidnapped and abused, most ask why they didn’t get help. But just how easy is it to get help? How easy is it away to get away after suffering abuse after abuse, to both mind and body?

Alice was abducted when she was ten years old by a man named Ray during a field trip. Her life was never the same again. For years she was abused by him, forced to do indescribable acts, beaten, and threatened constantly. She is not allowed to go to school, but instead stays at a dinky apartment with only yogurt to eat. She wasn’t Alice at first, but Ray has threatened to kill her family if she does not obey him, and he has molded the formerly carefree little girl into Alice, his perfect little girl. Now she is fifteen, she is a malnourished shell of her former self, constantly hoping for the ultimate release from her sufferings—death.

But Alice is taken by surprise when Ray orders her to find a new, younger girl for him. He wants a new Alice, a new girl he can mold, abuse, and break. Could this be Alice’s chance freedom? Can she really get away? Or will Ray kill her? Or will Alice actually help Ray complete his inhumane plans, destroying the last shred of humanity and sanity she has left?

Living Dead Girl is undoubtedly a haunting book that will stay with you. It was shocking and sickening how cruel one human could be to another. The tone in Living Dead Girl was powerful and realistic, which was probably the most shocking thing of all—this situation could be possible, and that such unfortunate have happened before. I feel as if I’m at a loss of words on how to describe this powerful, shocking, and disturbing book and do it justice! Living Dead Girl is an unforgettable novel that was written amazingly well—the characters had such realistic personalities and the story was just conveyed and expressed through Alice phenomenally!


Lenore Appelhans said...

I know what you mean... I read this last week and I still haven't figured out how to write my review!

Kelsey said...

Oh, I was hopping to get this from Book Divas, but didn't. I got The Debs instead. I REALLY want to read this book. It's on the very TOP of my wishlist.

Melissa Walker said...

I loved this book, and I'm giving it away this week on the blog. Elizabeth Scott is an incredible writer, and I'm still haunted.

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