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Thursday, July 17, 2008

Living Dead Girl By Elizabeth Scott

Posted by Irish in Review2 Comments

Publisher: Simon Pulse

Publication Year: 2008 (Sept)
ISBN: 1416960597
Format: paperback
Pages: 176

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

I first heard about this book through a book ad that I saw on a newsletter that I receive. The ad was eye catching and made me want to know more. When I went searching for the book I learned that it wasn’t out yet. I was miffed because I didn’t want to wait until September to read this one. Spurred on by some fellow LT’s I searched out the author and sent her an email through her blog asking if there were any ARC’s available because I would love to read and review this book here. I didn’t really expect much to happen so was shocked and utterly thrilled when Scott emailed me back saying that she’d pass my request on to her publicist. No matter how many times it happens I am in utter awe when I hear from a real author. As a reader its easy to forget that the stories don’t just happen, that there are real people behind them. And to have those people reach out and contact you….well, its a wonderful thrill. One that I hope never gets old.

So time passes and I give up hope until I get the book in the mail. It just arrives without warning a happy little package. Getting home I started to flip through it…just to glance at it…and soon found myself reading the first sentence, then the first paragraph, followed by the first chapter than the second….

Well, you get the idea.

I sat and read the book from start to finish in one sitting. I was completely and utterly (hmm, that seems to be the word of the day lol) engrosed. This book shocked me to my core. The premise is of a girl who was abducted when she was 10 years old. She has been molested and held hostage by her abducter for 5 years…and she can now no longer hide the fact that she is growing up. She expects to be killed each day she wakes up and even prays for it. Wanting only for the horror that her life has become to end. Instead her abductor decides that she is going to help him find a new little girl to “love.” This task at once thrills and horrifies her. She is thrilled because she hopes it will mean that her torment will end….and horrified at the thought that another little girl will be forced to live the life that she has been living.

This book is geared towards young adults but I think that the subject matter is too graphic….to intense for the young adult reader. Here I am, aged 30, and there were many aspects of the novel that I hard a hard time reading about. I have seen tv movies and read other books about child adbuctions (Anyone remember the film ‘I Know My First Name is Steven’?). But all that I have read to date has only glossed over the surface. Scott brings the horror of being held hostage and moslested daily to the fore front. She doesn’t gloss over anything. You are right there in Alice’s head. You feel what she feels…the fear and the hopeless desperation.

Living Dead Girl is a haunting story that will stay with you long after you read it. This is not a book that I’ll ever be able to read again…it is too real…but its not a book that I will ever forget. Elizabeth Scott is an author that I will be checking out again and again….because if her other books are only have as good as this one, then I am in for some really good reading because this book just blew me away.

2 Responses to “Living Dead Girl By Elizabeth Scott”

  1. Amy

    Yeah, I’m still thinking about this book as well. It’s one of the darkest books I’ve read recently, but it makes its statement so powerfully.

  2. shootingstarr7

    I was very interested in your review of this book. I’ve read Elizabeth Scott’s two previous novels, Bloom and Perfect You, and found them to be a bit fluffy. Don’t get me wrong, I enjoyed them, but it sounds like she’s changed tracks entirely with Living Dead Girl. I’m looking forward to its release next month.