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.