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  • Paperback: 170 pages
  • Publisher: Simon Pulse; Reprint edition (8 Sept. 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416960600
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416960607
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
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Paperback.Pub Date:2009-09-08 Pages:170 Language: Publisher:Simon Pulse 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 didnt 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 Alices story. It is one you have never heard. and one you will never. ever forget.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Sammee (I Want To Read That) VINE VOICE on 24 Nov. 2009
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I knew this wasn't going to be an easy read but I wasn't completely prepared for how brutally realistic it was going to be. I loved Bloom and was astonished that this was written by the same author - it was just so different. It was beautifully written though, almost like verse in a way, and I truly believed in Alice's voice. I had so many emotions while reading it - horror, sympathy, hatred, unease and for some reason guilt. It almost felt as if I was reading something I shouldn't really be reading - which in itself is testament to Scott's talent as a writer.

The story is devastatingly sad. It scared the hell out of me too and I realised that Alice's three rules - No one will see you. No one will say anything. No one will save you - are unfortunately true. How many times do we `not see' the things we don't want to see? How many times to we not want to get involved? It also gave me an insight into abuse that I had never really considered. I have never understood why someone would stay, would not tell someone what was happening - but I didn't really understand the impact of fear as a motivator. I realised after reading this though that fear for oneself is not the only type of fear - the threat against her family was so strong I could understand why it had the impact it did and it terrified me that essentially love can be used against you in this way. It also scared me that I could see signs in Alice that she too had the potential to become an abuser - how that the need to escape, to not be abused anymore overtook everything else.

Would I recommend this book? Hell yes! It's not the most comfortable read but Elizabeth Scott does an outstanding job bringing the story alive. It was absolutely heartbreaking to read but Alice will be a character I remember for a long time.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TeensReadToo TOP 500 REVIEWER on 14 Jan. 2009
Format: Hardcover
I received my copy of LIVING DEAD GIRL right before it came out in September. I read it the same day, and promptly hid it in a huge stack of other books, hoping to forget about it. I didn't. I came across it last week, and sat down and read it again. This time, I knew that, just like before, I'd never forget it, but I finally decided I was ready to write a review on the story.

Alice has lived with Ray since she was ten. Now that she's fifteen, she knows her time with him is about to come to an end. The only question will be how it will happen - whether Ray will kill her, or whether she'll kill herself.

You see, Alice wasn't always Alice. She was once a girl with a mom and dad who loved her, until the day Ray abducted her during a school field trip. Although they don't live far from her childhood home, Alice has only once made an attempt to escape, and that was right after she was abducted. Ever since then, she's become the emotional/physical/sexual slave that Ray has turned her into, and she does what she's told, when she's told.

When Ray sets his sights on Lucy, a replacement girl, Alice couldn't be more thrilled. Her time with Ray is finally, finally coming to an end, and all she can do is experience immense relief. She may have a moment's doubt about setting up a small, young girl to go through the same torture and torment she has endured, but basically, that overwhelming sense of relief is all she can bring herself to feel.

Events unfold quickly, and the ending of the story is not a resolution so much as a beginning to an entire new set of complications.

I hated LIVING DEAD GIRL, in a way that made me love it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By aka-chin on 21 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
This book made me cry, shake with fear and wish so so hard for the freedom of the character 'Alice' as she struggles through her days of pain and humiliation at the hands of her kidnapper, Ray. God, I HATE that guy SO much!!

You really feel her pain, but you also understand and 'see' into the minds of all the characters. You see them stripped bare, down to the flesh, as the monsters/broken people they truly are and it makes you think hard about everything, esp. life. Do we really know anybody? Do we care what happens? When something isn't right, will we keep silent or try to do something about it?

I got this book, prepared for strong stuff, but nothing could prepare me for the brutal, searing honesty of it. The scariest thing? This could, and does, happen in real life.

This book is a real eye-opener and is written so well, you can't help but believe in every word. You'll take it all in and, though it may be painful, it is a good thing...
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By Emily May on 11 July 2011
Format: Paperback
Well, the book leaves scars I can definitely tell you that much. I didn't know quite what to expect from this book, all I'd heard about it previously was that it's a story about abuse and a very short read (170 pages, large writing in my edition). I'd heard reviewers describe it as 'disturbing', but I didn't dwell on that too much, I assumed that when you've read a couple of Stephen King's books (namely It, Misery, etc.) you'd pretty much got your heard around 'disturbing'.

I was wrong. The author draws you in with her unique and just plain strange writing style, despite being weird it's also very effective. It takes us deep inside the mind of a person who has not only suffered extreme physical and sexual abuse (though there's been plenty of that) but has also been so psychologically damaged that her hope is only for death to come swiftly, she is so desperate that she is even willing to sacrifice a young girl to make her suffering end. And, awful as that is, I couldn't hate her for it.

I've read a number of books where the first person narrative is by someone mentally damaged; some work (e.g. The Bell Jar), most do not. Scott's not only worked, but affected me deeply. I could also see how Ray's past experiences of abuse and a loveless childhood had made him the monster he was, he was never meant to be redeemed, but perhaps understood to some extent. The entire story was very fast, very horrifying and completely unforgettable. My first thoughts when I put it down were "I have to get someone else to read this now", despite it not being something I'd normally go about recommending to friends with a casual "enjoy!" thrown in.

It's labelled a young adult novel, god knows why but it is.
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