Review : Living Dead Girl
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott
Pages : 170
Genre : YA
My Rating :
This review is about as difficult to write as it was to read the book in the first place.
In a nutshell, the story :
Five years ago, while visiting the aquarium with her friends, Alice was taken by Ray, a man she had never seen before. Ever since, she has been forced to endure a life verbal, physical and sexual violence. Now, Alice is fifteen and getting a little too grown up for Ray’s taste, and she knows something will happen soon. Like the Alice before her, she’ll probably be killed and replaced – or else…
This was a terrible book. Not the writing or the story telling ; the author does, in fact, an amazing job with Alice’s voice, which wasn’t an easy task I’m sure. But the story itself, is so scary and horrible that it cuts your breath until you get, finally, to the end. I read the whole thing frowning, turning my eyes away from the page, completely uncomfortable. It’s that well written; the author chose not to go easy on the reader, and it worked perfectly on me.
It’s not a book you can love. Alice’s story is every mother, every woman’s nightmare. What it does is confronting you with the horror that is Alice’s life. Sure, you can turn your eyes away and not finish reading the book; but then, you’ll only be like those people Alice sees everyday, who know something wrong is going on with her, and yet voluntarily ignore her pain. So you have to read until the end where, hopefully, she’ll be free – and so will you.
Living Dead Girl was powerful, gripping, scary, and oh so many things I can’t find the words for right now! For me, it reveals Scott’s genius as a writer. Her descriptions of the sexual aggressions were almost empty of sexual words, and yet, they were some of the most violent scenes I have read in my life.
I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forget this book. I can’t recommend it and tell you that you’ll have a great time; you won’t. But although Alice’s story is fictional, it’s still a story that needs to be read, for all those little girls and women who have been through similar nightmares.