Thursday, June 11, 2009

Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott


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 didn't 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 Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.

I found this book pretty hard to read. I'm not easily disturbed, but this one really got to me. It was incredibly written and very moving, but the subject matter was just hard for me to deal with.

I think it's because I read Dark Places by Gillian Flynn and then immediately read this one. They are both very dark novels. Maybe if I had read something cheerful in between, this would have been easier to handle.

I liked the book, don't get me wrong. I can see why people respond so strongly to Scott's writing and I plan to read more of her books. She has an incredible ability to put you into the mind of the main character. Alice's mind was just a tough place to hang out for awhile.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely. The writing is worth the uneasy feeling it gave me. I think it's an important book about a very heartbreaking topic.


  1. I agree completely Carrie, it's a very hard book to read, but it's an important one. It's my favourite Elizabeth Scott book, purely because of the brilliant writing. Nice review!

  2. I want to read this. It sounds like a really interesting read :)
    Thanks for an excellent review!

  3. This was a really great book. Heartbreaking.

  4. I don't know about this one. I'm just not that big on books that are uncomfortable to read.

  5. OMGSHH!
    I've wanted to read this for sooo long!
    I'm definitely buying it now!


  6. This sounds really interesting and is on my to get list.

  7. I recently discovered this author and really enjoy her books. Thanks for posting about this one, it looks great! Going to have to add this one to the list! I'm reading Something Maybe right now and it's really good too. :)

  8. You got an award on my blog!

  9. This is one fantastic book, EVERYONE READ IT!

    If anyone's interested, I have my own review of Living Dead Girl on my blog, and I have an interview with Elizabeth Scott on my blog as well!

    Interview with Elizabeth Scott

    Review Of Living Dead Girl

  10. I love Elizabeth Scott, but this one I havne't read. Time to fix that!

  11. This sounds really, really intense. Will definitley pick it up basd on your review.

    Thanks for the heads up!

  12. this book was very upseting, but it made me glad that I was not in her situation.