The Lovely Bones (Paperback) [£2.99 @ Amazon]
The Lovely Bones (Paperback) [£2.99 @ Amazon]

The Lovely Bones (Paperback) [£2.99 @ Amazon]

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# Paperback: 256 pages
# Publisher: Picador; 3 edition (6 Jun 2003)
# Language English
# ISBN-10: 0330485385
# ISBN-13: 978-0330485388
# Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 13 x 2.3 cm

On her way home from school on a snowy December day, 14-year-old Susie Salmon is lured into a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold's haunting and heartbreaking debut novel, unfolds from heaven, where "life is a perpetual yesterday" and where Susie narrates and keeps watch over her grieving family and friends, as well as her brazen killer and the sad detective working on her case.

As Sebold fashions it, everyone has his or her own version of heaven. Susie's resembles the athletic fields and landscape of a suburban high school: a heaven of her "simplest dreams", where "there were no teachers... We never had to go inside except for art class... The boys did not pinch our backsides or tell us we smelled; our textbooks were Seventeen and Glamour and Vogue".

The Lovely Bones works as an odd yet affecting coming-of-age story. Susie struggles to accept her death while still clinging to the lost world of the living, following her family's dramas over the years. Her family disintegrates in their grief: her father becomes determined to find her killer, her mother withdraws, her little brother Buckley attempts to make sense of the new hole in his family and her younger sister Lindsey moves through the milestone events of her teenage and young adult years with Susie riding spiritual shotgun. Random acts and missed opportunities run throughout the book--Susie recalls her sole kiss with a boy on earth as "like an accident--a beautiful gasoline rainbow".

Though sentimental at times, The Lovely Bones is a moving exploration of loss and mourning that ultimately puts its faith in the living and that is made even more powerful by a cast of convincing characters. Sebold orchestrates a big finish and though things tend to wrap up a little too well for everyone in the end, one can only imagine (or hope) that heaven is indeed a place filled with such happy endings. --Brad Thomas Parsons, Amazon.com


I paid 1p + delivery from an Amazon seller for mine a few months ago, good book.

Got it from asda. In their 2 books for £5 deal. So if you are looking for a couple of chart books you be cheaper going there..:whistling:

It's an OK book but the subject matter is obviously very grim - much like those white books ASDA sell 'no daddy no' and 'the forgotten child' and all that. Obviously it's a totally objective issue but for £3 there are better books IMO (I haven't voted because obviously I understand that as a stand alone deal this is good )

for me this is one of fave all time books, read it when it first came out and found it gripping and spent a day reading it as couldnt put it down. it is very gritty so it just depends what you like to read.

Darn HUKD once again!! Barely a day goes by when I dont find something I just have to have....

....so now on it way to me is this book,plus The time Travelletrs Wife £3.82 also from Amazon!!

Thanks to OP!!
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