Monday, June 6, 2011

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott



Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott, read by Kate Reinders

Publisher: Simon Pulse
Release Date: September 2, 2008
Format: Audiobook by Brilliance Audio
Source: Library
Age Level: Young Adult
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Goodreads Synopsis: 
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. This is Alice’s story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget. 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. 

Horrifying. Haunting. Disturbing.

I had no idea what this book was about before I started listening. I just knew it was by Elizabeth Scott and since I've enjoyed every book by her, I'll read anything she writes. I was horrified. I was a bit shocked. I almost stopped listening. I wanted to. But I couldn't.

Living Dead Girl is a horrifyingly emotional story about a 10 year old that is kidnapped and sexually abused. Her abductor tries to keep her a little girl forever. The writing is haunting, well done, and has great pacing. Thankfully, because of the topic, this is a short novel (only 3 discs). Though this was hard to read/listen to, I think it's an important story. It's so easy to look away, to accept the excuses, to ignore the red flags and the little voice in your head that something is wrong. In my opinion, we as a society need to pay more attention and not be so afraid to speak up! I truly admire Elizabeth Scott for doing such a wonderful job tackling this subject.

The audiobook of Living Dead Girl is read by Kate Reinders. I thought her narration was perfect at capturing the tone and emotions of the story.
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