Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Publisher: Simon Pulse
First published January 1st, 2008
Genres: Contemporary, Realistic Fiction, Horror
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The thing is, you can get used to anything. You think you can’t, you want to die, but you don’t. You won’t. You just are.
This is Alice.
She was taken by Ray five years ago.
She thought she knew how her story would end.
She was wrong.
I don’t even know what to say. This was such a tiny incredible book.
It’s one of those books that really touches you… I couldn’t stop reading it. I just read it in one sitting and I was completely absorbed by it. It’s disturbing and heart-wrenching.
It follows a girl suffering psychological and sexual abuse. She was kidnapped by a very normal looking guy named Ray who has been keeping her for 5 years. The book is all told in her POV – which is what I most loved in this book. This girl often called Alice is broken and the only way she sees as an escape is death.
We see how difficult it is to cope with everything, how deep can psychological and sexual abuse go and how does that affect a child to the point of wanting others to be hurt if that means an escape. We could also see how Ray became the monster he is, how our past, our childhood is a big part of who we became.
It was a very difficult book to read even tho it’s really tiny, it’s as powerful as it could ever be. It’s impossible not to feel Alice. Not to have your heart searching for hope for her, to try to find a way for her suffering to end. It’s heavy, it’s crazy emotional and tense and I have never read anything like this book.
The writing was perfect for the book, it made it so personal and connectable. It was profoundly heartbreaking. But I think the part that touched me most in this book is how realistic and truthful it was. It’s the type of book I could never forget.
This book is about abuse both physical and psychological and I wouldn’t normally recommend it for a person that has suffered that. But I think it’s an incredibly important book and topic and it’s told in a way that although doesn’t have a lot of detail, it still shows everything needed. SO, depending on the extent of abuse one may have suffered I wouldn’t recommend it, but for all the others, READ THIS.
Have you read this yet? If not, what are you waiting for?!
If you have, what did you think of it? Let’s discuss it in the comments!