Review Originally posted over at All I Ever Read
Let me start this review off by saying that I have a cast iron stomach. I also have a pretty warped sense of humor and I am not usually bothered by things that would make most people spend the rest of their lives on a psychiatrist's couch. Living Dead Girl by Elizabeth Scott disturbed me so much that it actually made me physically ill.
I have read books about abuse and I have read books about child abuse. None of the other books I have read have have communicated the utter devastation, degradation and hopelessness that is demonstrated in Living Dead Girl. It's not enough to just say that Alice is a victim and to get glimpses of the abuse that she has and is suffering.
What makes this story so profoundly disturbing is the insight into both the minds of Alice and her captor/abuser/tormentor Ray. To see that Alice knows that she is never going to get out of this, in the traditional sense of being rescued and going home, but rather that the only way out for her is death and to watch her accept and welcome this is absolutely horrifying.
All I have to say is thank the lord that this book was only 170 pages long. I don't think I could have handled reading much more.