Title: Living Dead Girl
Author: Elizabeth Scott
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Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.
Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.
Once upon a time, I didn’t know how lucky I was.
When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends — her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.
Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.
This is Alice’s story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.
A short review for a short book:
I read this book in one sitting, but somehow I think this will be something that will haunt me for weeks.
Because it was classed as YA and was less than 200 pages, I was expecting this to be a bit fluffy? – Obviously not much considering its themes – but I couldn’t have been more wrong. It’s certainly a tricky read, the main character Kayla (or ‘Alice’) is so damaged, it’s both horrifying and despairing to read from her POV.
I couldn’t possibly rate this less than 5 stars – not many books can make me feel that much emotional turmoil in just 170 pages. Elizabeth Scott deserves praise for writing such a tragic and difficult subject in such a respectful and all too truthful way.