By Elizabeth Scott
Date Published: September 2nd, 2009 by Simon Pulse
Page Numbers: 170 pages
Source: Local library, that's right
Summary: "Once upon a time, I was a little girl who disappeared.
Once upon a time, my name was not Alice.
Once upon a time, I didn't know how lucky I was."
When Alice was ten, Ray took her away from her family, her friends -- her life. She learned to give up all power, to endure all pain. She waited for the nightmare to be over.
Now Alice is fifteen and Ray still has her, but he speaks more and more of her death. He does not know it is what she longs for. She does not know he has something more terrifying than death in mind for her.
This is Alice's story. It is one you have never heard, and one you will never, ever forget.
My Thoughts: * I am posting this early since I shall be away from my computer all tommorrow*
This book is genius.
This book is haunting, horrifying and as I stated in my "Want To Go Private" book review, the reason for these feelings are because it is so real. I read somewhere that a child is taken every 12 seconds. That is scary! This book gave me such feelings, I really, don't know where to begin.
Well, to start off, its a quick, little read. Only 170 pages. But that little 170 pages is filled with amazing, hardcore, jawdropping literature. Its fast paced and you really get into "Alice's" eyes. Alice is growing up. She's been abducted for about 5 years and now she's getting too old for Ray. She's afraid and scared because she knows the last girl that grew up on Ray didn't have a happy ending. She's fighting for her life here. The craziest part is Ray lets her do as she pleases really, she can go out and do things, but if she does something wrong, let's say, go to the police, he knows where she lives at and will kill her family. That's his bargaining tool.
Alice barely speaks at all with actual words in this novel. Its powerful because she's just describing her day to day schedule. She barely talks because seriously, what is there really to talk about? In her case, not a lot. She's been weaked from Ray's abuse, but she's strong. It really tears at your heart, because in all honesty, you want to help her. Very, just very, emotional.