Synopsis (from Goodreads):
"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. IN MY OWN WORDS What the book is about: a girl who is abducted and has spent five years suffering all kind of abuses. From the beginning I was caught up with the story and it developed in a way that is easy to read and to follow. Some times I got angry and frustrated with Alice. Why isn't she asking for help? Why doesn't she escape? Well, those questions are clearly answered in the book. It is hard to think that a little girl can go through so much and not do anything about it. But then, she was taken at the age of 10, thus for five years Ray has been molding Alice to be the way she is now. And the people around her? Yes, we are like that, we see a kid on the street and we don't ask anything because we don't want to get involved. After reading this book I'm ready to not take appearances for granted anymore. Yes, the book is great, it made want to scream and yell at Alicia for being so numb; it made feel sad, enraged and vengeful. It also made realize I have to have a serious talk with my son about talking to strangers. What the book is not: I don't think the book is appropriate for YA. They can be introduced to the dangers of talking to strangers and all through other outlets. I don't think we should give them the mental pictures this book put in my mind (they already have a vivid imagination).