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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Living Dead Girl, an extremely violent novel about a sexual predator and his young girl captive, is a radical departure from Elizabeth Scott's previous books. It features sadistic sexual, physical, and emotional torture of a child on nearly every page. Kidnaped at age 10, Alice is now 15. While Scott may not spell out every detail of the sexual violence, it's clear what's going on (over and over again). There's lots of swearing, including "f--k," "bitch," and "s--t." A boy teen takes pills and gives them to Alice. Alice performs oral sex on two teen boys and then has intercourse in a car with one of them. There's lots of swearing, including "f--k," "bitch," and "s--t." It's all very intense, mature material with scenes of sexual violence, overriding psychological torture, and constant terrifying menace.
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What's the story?
In LIVING DEAD GIRL, Alice is kidnapped at age 10 by Ray, a violent sexual predator and murderer who keeps her as his captive for five years. Physically, sexually, and psychologically abused, she can't escape without risking the lives of her family, whom Ray has threatened to kill. Now that Alice is 15 -- the same age as the previous "Alice" that Ray killed because she was too old for his sexual fantasies -- she hopes for death and agrees to help Ray capture a 6-year-old girl to take her place.
Is it any good?
This relentlessly violent novel about a sexual predator and murderer and his teen captive is a tough book to read. It explores the mind of a sadistic child abuser and shows what it's like to be an abducted victim of sexual violence. Living Dead Girl may accurately capture the psychological hell a girl goes through when she's savagely abused day in and day out. And Alice is a compelling, memorable character, who shows resilience in the face of extraordinary brutality and terror. It's best for mature readers who can bear an intense, horrifying story.
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