Living Dead Girl Paperback – 8 Sep 2009
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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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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.Read more ›
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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