Wow, just coming up from air after reading LIVING DEAD GIRL by Elizabeth Scott (Simon Pulse, 2008). Alice was taken by Ray from a school field trip to an aquarium. For more than 5 years, she has endured Ray's constant abuse, too fearful to resist. Ray has told Alice (not her real name just the one Ray has given her) that is she runs away, he will kill her parents. Now, Alice is growing too old for Ray. He sets her off to find a new girl, one she can help train to be a perfect little girl.
From page one to the very bitter end, this novel draws you in by the throat and refuses, like Ray, to let you go. The text is spare, almost lyrical in a tremendously awful way. In some ways, it is reminiscent of A Soldier's Heart by Gary Paulsen in its driving rhythmic text that describes the absolute horror that our main characters face.