But Alice isn't fooled. She knows what happened to the Alice before her...and what happened to that Alice's family. Though Alice longs for death or any sort of escape, her weak emotional state leads her to help Ray on his search for another little girl
Living Dead Girl is easily devoured in one sitting, with the bleakness of Alice's life easily felt by the reader. The non-graphic nature of this book does not make the message any less disturbing, instead it forces cold chills down your spine as you read about how lifelessly Alice takes her physical and emotional abuse. The well written descriptions about how Alice feels about her abuse instead of graphic portrayals of the abuse will probably haunt the reader more then they could ever imagine.
I encourage caution when reading this book. The shroud that author Elizabeth Scott keeps around Alice and Ray's interaction can be disturbing. Please keep this in mind before picking up this well-written but frightening novel.
This book is on YALSA's top 10 nominee 2009 books for teens. You can see the list of nominees here.