Fifteen year old Alice has belonged to Ray since she was ten years old- since he took her from her family, her friends, and her life. Now that she is fifteen and getting too old, Ray enlists her help in finding a new little girl to be Alice. She must choose the next little girl to live the nightmare she’s been living the last five years, all the while anticipating her fate- the same fate that fell upon the previous Alice.
Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott is one of the hardest books I’ve read all year- but I absolutely think everyone needs to read it. It is horrifying, and unlike most young adult novels, there is no relief from the horror. But it’s not really a blood-and-guts kind of horror. It’s mostly psychological. I know other readers have had this experience: at more than one point, I literally had to put the book down because I couldn’t process any more, but I picked it up again within minutes because I needed to know what was going to happen to Alice. I read it in just a few hours, but it’s a book I won’t be forgetting or letting go of anytime soon.
Highly recommended to all. I gave this book a five-star rating, but I don’t know that anyone could say they enjoyed it. It’s gritty, and it’s harsh, but Ms. Scott should be very, very proud of the work she has accomplished with this book.
Rating: 5 stars
Publisher, ISBN: Simon Pulse, 9781416960591