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Review – Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott

Living Dead Girl
Elizabeth Scott
Will be published 9/16/08
176 pagees

This is another ARC I’ve received. I don’t know where/why I requested it, but when it came in the mail, I dropped everything and read it in one shot. Frankly, I don’t know how you couldn’t read this in one sitting.

Alice (that’s not her name, it’s just what her abductor, Ray, calls her) was abducted when she was on a class field trip…she was only 10 years old, and now she’s 15, and since she’s not staying as *young* as Ray wants, he tells her that she will find the next girl he will abduct. Alice is excited about getting someone else to take her place. She doesn’t care if Ray kills her, she just wants out of her situation.

Ray likes ’em young…Alice even has to get her nether regions waxed to keep up the image Ray has of her. She would escape, but he’s promised to kill her family if she does. So she stays and has become a living dead girl.

I feel kinda weird reviewing this book. Actually, I felt kind of dirty reading it. I think because I usually get a pleasure out of reading…and I wasn’t happy to read this story. I couldn’t enjoy it because of the subject matter.

But, BUT, weirdly enough, I was very impressed with the writing. I felt like I was in Alice’s head. The sentences were short and choppy, but at the same time run-on, sometimes with no punctuation, basically how Alice was thinking.

This book was raw and ugly and gritty…but in the end, hopeful.

Rating 88 out of 100.

If you’d like to read this book, leave a comment and I’ll do a drawing and send this book to someone. You have until September 30th. Good luck!

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62 Responses to “Review – Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott”

  1. janelle

    sounds good…pick me!


  2. Mrs S

    Hi Trish – great review – I have this book on my amazon wish list so I must have heard about it from another book blogger! I’d love to be in the draw if you’re opening it up to UK readers πŸ™‚


  3. Jen Forbus

    Wow! I haven’t heard of this one, but it sounds rather emotional. Is it of the same caliber as GO ASK ALICE? Please include me in your drawing. Thanks!


  4. Julie P.

    This looks wonderful — count me in!


  5. Michele

    I’m drawn to well-written books like this. Thanks for the great review.


  6. Carol

    Any book you want to read in one sitting has to be good. Count me in for the giveaway! Thank you!
    mittens0831 AT aol DOT com


  7. CB James

    I could use a thriller you read in one sitting. Sounds good.


  8. Susan B. Evans

    Count me in!


  9. Ruth

    I’ve been hearing a lot of good things about this one — sounds like a short read with a lot of staying power. Please enter me for the giveaway.

    ruth [at]


  10. lisamm

    No! Thank! You! My girls are 9 and 10, and I like my sleep free of nightmares, thankyouverymuch. Maybe after they’re grown I could read something like this.


  11. curlywurlygurly

    sign me up, woman! i need something good to read. thanks. πŸ˜€


  12. Devourer of Books

    I’ve been hearing a lot about this book, now I’m really interested. Count me in.


  13. Darlene

    This does sound disturbing and very emotional. At the same time I’d be curious to read it. Please include me in the draw. Thanks!


  14. bunny

    Sounds like a story I wouldn’t like to imagine, but if it’s well written, I’d love to read it. Count me in, please! Thanks!


  15. ellie

    Thanks for the opportunity. Sounds riveting.


  16. Anna

    I’d like to read this. Sign me up!


  17. Eileen

    Would love to read it! Thanks!


  18. Ladytink_534

    I’ve read a few books like that. Very well written but the subject matter made me want to take a shower afterwards. I can’t remember where but I think I watched some TV episode that this reminds me of.


  19. Joanne

    There have been a few books that although beautifully written have given me that “dirty” feeling while reading them. Both The Collector and Lolita made me feel weird for enjoying them, but I am glad that I did read them because the writing was well worth it.

    Living Dead Girl is another that I think will be strange to read but I have been fascinated by it ever since I read reviews about it. So I would love to be entered in your giveaway.


  20. Debbie

    I think I’m also going to pass on reading this one. My kids don’t need me to be more protective than I already am! See, that’s why I love your blog. You tell us the truth about what you read.


  21. monnibo

    Good review. I like raw and gritty writing every-so-often. Please count me in!


  22. Heather

    ooh pick me!! I’ve seen this book around and it really intrigues me… I’d love to win!


  23. Melody

    Not my usual read…but you’ve piqued my curiosity! Do count me in if you do not mind sending overseas. ;P


  24. bexadler

    Hm…Sounds like Lolita from Lolita’s point of view instead of Humbert Humbert. Very interesting.


  25. Elizabeth M.

    I can see how you couldn’t put it down. From the title alone, it captures you. Thanks for the giveaway!


  26. crystal adkins

    The title is really catchy! I would love to win it πŸ™‚


  27. sharon

    It sounds like such a disturbing book. Count me in!


  28. gautami tripathy

    I like such disturbing books.

    Count me in!


  29. Lana

    Great review! I’ve seen this on a few blogs, and I’m more and more intrigued. I’d love to read this!

    Thanks so much for the giveaway!


  30. Stephanie

    I agree with Lisamm – sounds interesting but way too creepy for me…


  31. April

    Wow! That cover sure is a grabber! Great review! I would love a chance to win it. Thanks!


  32. Anita Yancey

    A very different but still interesting book. I would like to read this one. Thanks!


  33. Shooting Stars

    I want to read this book so much. Definitely enter me.
    And I get what you mean about feeling dirty reading it….there are a lot of books I’ve read that are like that, but they are all very powerful.


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  34. Swapna

    Count me in – I’ve heard good things about this one.


  35. booklogged

    Please enter me. Is it anything like The Lovely Bones?


  36. serena

    sounds like a quick read. I’d like to be entered.


  37. softdrink

    I’ll take Lisa’s entry. ;-D


  38. thisredhead

    I’d love to read this one!


  39. lisamm

    I bequeath my entry to Jill. Wait, do I have to be dead to bequeath stuff?


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  41. Icedream

    I could have swore I had entered this contest, I guess I would have been wrong. I know I read your review and thought the book sounded fantastic. I especially love it when the recommendation includes “read in one sitting”.
    Thanks for hosting this great giveaway.


  42. chartroose

    I thought I entered this too, but I also woke up this morning thinking I was late for a meeting, and about halfway out the door, when I was about to start hyperventilating, I remembered that the stupid thing had been rescheduled for next week.

    What was I trying to say? Alzheimers! Enter me, please. Love ya’


  43. Ti

    You feel weird reviewing this book but you can’t feel as weird as I do for wanting to read it.

    It definitely feels strange wanting to read about a poor little girl being abused like this but it’s books like these that challenge me as a reader. Please enter me.


  44. Darby Lohrding

    Yes, I would like to read this book! Sounds very much like a book I just finished today “Say Goodbye” by Lisa Gardner.
    The villian kidnaps little boys and when they get to old for his liking they “graduate”. Very suspenseful story!!!
    Thank you for all that you do!
    darbyscloset (at) yahoo (dot) com


  45. Susan B. Evans

    Please enter my name πŸ™‚


  46. Planet Books

    Please throw my name in the hat for this one!
    Thank you!!


  47. TheBookworm

    Hi! Could you please enter me?



  48. Shauna

    I’d like to be entered, please! Thanks so much!

    Reading and Ruminations


  49. Carrie K

    Your review made it sound very intriguing and that cover shot is awesome!!

    I would love to read this book!


  50. Bobbi

    Sign me up please!


  51. Krista

    Hey Trish!

    How are you doing?

    Anyway, throw me in the mix if you would, please.


  52. nadine-stella

    this one sounds interesting. sign me up


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  54. Alicia

    I would love to be entered – this book sounds fantastic!


  55. Kristina

    I’d love to read this one, count me in!!


  56. Amy

    OOOOH Trish! This sounds like MY type of BOOK! I’d LOVE to be entered! Please let me know if you’d like me to link it to you through my blog…not that you need viewers! I think it’s me!

    xo Amy

    P.A. Princess


  57. Krista

    Haha. I can imagine! I’m not even married and it takes all I have in me to keep up with everybody and, I still do a lousy job! πŸ™‚ I’m doing fine, dear. Thanks for asking!


  58. Kimberly

    Yikes, your review kinda freaks me out about the book. Um, please enter me for the contest? Wait, no. Yes, uh no. Crap, yeah let’s give it a shot. Hopefully it won’t scare me too much.

    OH and by the way Trish, I left ya a little shout out on my blog πŸ˜‰



  59. Shelly Burns

    I would LOVE to read this book! I have seen so many others blog about it that I must get my hands on it!


  60. Carolsue

    I have really been looking forward to reading this book!


  61. Kristine Michelle

    This book sounds excellent. I hope I win!


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