Thursday, September 30, 2010

Justine's Thoughts: Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Living Dead Girl
By Elizabeth Scott

Source: Library
Book Description (from Goodreads) :

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 quote:

Grace is my favourite church word. A state of being. Something you can pray for. Something God can grant. Something you can obtain. Perfection is out of reach. But grace -- grace you can reach for.

Any thoughts:

Elizabeth Scott certainly knows how to leave a reader speechless. It’s difficult to describe what I felt after reading Living Dead Girl. It just left me emotional, raw, and in awe.

It is disturbing and dark and heart wrenching -- these aren’t enough words to explain the nature of the novel and its plausibility. With a narrator whose voice is hauntingly real and Elizabeth Scott’s poetic prose, the reader is able to bear witness and experience everything.

Living Dead Girl is a short but unforgettable story, one that will make you cringe, cry, and ache in helplessness. It is not enjoyable; it isn’t supposed to be. But it reveals the difficult, unwanted truth that there are cruel people in the world. And by reading the exposed reality Elizabeth Scott has laid down for us, we can try and identify when something is wrong, and act on it.

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