Monday, 25 May 2009

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

From Amazon: 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.

I was already a fan of Elizabeth Scott before I read Living Dead Girl, but now I have even more respect for her. The fact that she can go from a light, fun romance story to this is nothing short of amazing.

There's no easy way to read this book: it's scary, and is sometimes hard to get through. Your imagination runs away with you, and you find yourself thanking God you aren't in Alice's situation. At least I did, anyway.

Scott's story is bleak and harrowing, and there isn't a glimmer of hope in sight. Alice is in a dead-end life, one that I'm not sure could be called an existence, and by the time I was half way through the book, even I was hoping that her death wasn't far away.

It's a compelling and disturbing read, and won't appeal to every YA reader out there. I don't usually like age guidance on books, but in this instance, I agree with the 16+ warning. I think it was needed, and if this was ever published here in the UK, I have no doubt it'd be amongst the adult fiction. That's not to say I wouldn't recommend it, I just don't think it's for everyone. If you're a fan of Laurie Halse Anderson, I'd suggest checking it out, as it's beautifully written and similar in style.

I never understood the meaning behind the cover and title before, but I do now. If ever a story was an epitome of hell, this would undoubtedly be it.

16 comments:

~The Book Pixie said...

WOW! Excellent review! Very well written. I have been wanting to read this book for a while now. Of course, like you said, I know it isn't going to be an easy book to get through.

Mishel said...

I've wanted to read this for a while now. Excellent review!!

Thao said...

Your review reminds me of how I felt breathless and uneasy reading Wintergirls. This book sounds really good still and I have to pick it up.

MichieBee said...

I've been wanting to read this one for awhile now; your review is wonderfully written and has only made me want to read it more! :)

Chicklish said...

Fantastic review. I've long suspected that this isn't a book for me (right now) and you've confirmed it. It sounds brilliant, though. Thanks for the great review!

Carrie said...

This is on my TBR list. Admittedly, it's a verrrry long list.

Steph Su said...

Hahaha I was JUST reading this book last night! Great minds think alike. And I agree with most of your review. This was my second Elizabeth Scott book and I'm so impressed by her range.

So Many Books, So Little Time said...

Great review! I can tell from your review that this really made an impact on you. I love Elizabeth Scott's books so I might read this anyway

robin_titan said...

This has been on my tbr list forever! I need to read it. Glad to see you liked it so much. :)

Michelle said...

I also really like how Elizabeth Scott can write the cute fun novels as well as those that are darker and thought provoking. Great review.

Just Your Typical Book Blog said...

Awesome review! I agree, after this book I was completely blown away by Elizabeth Scott's writing. I loved her before, but I think it's awesome how she can write a completely different book like this one was.

-Amber

21 said...

Hey there! Great review, LDG sounds...intense. I always thought it was about zombies, thanks for setting me straight.
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Kate said...

Wow, this sounds like a must-read book. Thanks for the great review.

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PolishOutlander said...

I also enjoyed LDG. It was so disturbing to read but at the same so very well written. I honestly could not see it ending any other way. Great review!

Jess said...

This sounds like an intense read. Thanks for the review.

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