Living Dead Girl is a page turning, terrifying, and fascinating novel about a girl named Alice who was abducted to serve as a sex slave for Ray. She has lived with him for five years in a nondescript apartment complex, and everyone assumes she is his daughter.
Behind closed doors Alice must do whatever Ray wants or else he threatens to harm her family. In addition, now that Alice is going through puberty, Ray wants her to find a “replacement”. Alice is happy to comply, and is even eager to find someone else for Ray to victimize.
What is interesting about Living Dead Girl is it investigates why abducted children (and adults) stay with their captors even though escape seems relatively easy. It also investigates the mental processes that serve to turn the abused into an abuser. The author makes Alice a believable and generally sympathetic character (despite her eagerness to harm someone else), and the fast paced narrative makes it impossible to not read this book in a couple of sittings.
Another book which is not YA, but may be of interest to fans of the abduction/abuse genre is Room. Room is told from the point of view of a five-year-old boy named Jack, who has lived his whole life with his mother in Room – an 11-foot-square room in a soundproof, escape-proof shed. His mother was abducted and impregnated by Old Nick, a faceless presence who comes each night to “visit” his mother. Jack is safely hidden, and is mostly innocent of what is happening.
I really can’t begin to describe how well-written Room is. Jack’s worldview is fascinating: the room and his mother are his life, and that is enough for him. The story has nothing too graphic (despite the subject matter), but it takes many exciting turns, and is incredibly unique.