"I think we ought to read only the kind of books that wound and stab us."
- Franz Kafka
Living Dead Girl
Summary (from the author's website): The thing is, you can get used to anything. You think you can't, you want to die, but you don't. You won't. You just are.
This is Alice.
She was taken by Ray five years ago.
She thought she knew how her story would end.
She was wrong.
This book is haunting, chilling, and heartbreaking. The writing is brilliant, pulling the reader in from the very first sentence. Many will doubt it's power because of it's length - around 120 pages - but please, trust me when I say that the author made those 120 pages feel like hundreds. Reading about 'Alice' and the things she goes through every day chilled me to the bone. I could not put this book down for a moment, and I didn't stop until I'd read it all in one sitting. It was as if there was no way I could stop without knowing how it ended and finding out what happened to Alice. Your heart will break every time you read about her struggles and what 'Ray' forces her to do. This was, without a doubt, the most haunting book I've ever read. Props to the author for the amazing job she did writing this novel - I have no idea how she managed to write such a raw, lost narrative, but she definitely pulled it off.
I give this book 5 / 5 stars (more if it was possible!). I would definitely recommend this to mature YA readers and people who tend to go for darker comtemporary literature and isn't afraid to venture out of their comfort zone.