Monday, January 4, 2010

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

This book leaves you on your own! Did she die or did she redeem herself by living?
What did you think of the ending? Does it bother you to read such a disturbing book? If you knew ahead of time, would you have picked this book?

Living Dead Girl is a short book. I read it in one evening. It is a book that will stay with you for a very long time.. It is written in sparse prose. Elizabeth Scott tastefully, if that is possible with such a subject, yet starkly portrays Alice’s life from when she was abducted at age ten by Ray until age fifteen when she tells the story. Ray starves her so she will stay skinny and childlike, and physically and mentally abuses her. He promises to kill her entire family if she leaves him or tells anyone. She lives this entire portion of her life waiting to die in misery.

It is a riveting book that you can’t put down once you start to read and once you have read it, the story never leaves your mind. The paperback cover with the single hair ribbon is much less gripping than the original hardback cover.

Let me know what you think?

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