Saturday, April 18, 2009

Living Dead Girl - Elizabeth Scott

Living Dead Girl - Elizabeth Scott

Title: Living Dead Girl
Author: Elizabeth Scott
Price: $11.55
Pages: 176
Edition: Hardback
Published: Sept 2, 2008

A 15-year-old girl who has spent the last five years being abused by a kidnapper named Ray and is kept powerless by Ray's promise to harm her family if she makes one false move. The narrator knows she is the second of the girls Ray has abducted and renamed Alice; Ray killed the first when she outgrew her childlike body at 15, and now Alice half-hopes her own demise is approaching (I think of the knife in the kitchen, of the bridges I've seen from the bus... but the thing about hearts is that they always want to keep beating). Ray, however, has an even more sinister plan: he orders Alice to find a new girl, then train her to Ray's tastes.

I am still not sure how I felt about this book. The story is not long and relies on suggestive details rather than lurid. It has gotten excellent reviews. I wasn't as big of a fan as I thought I should be. Alice's situation is horrifying, but for some reason, I didn't empathize with her. I have no idea why not. It is very well written, but it may have been too real. I am undecided.

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