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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.


Great film aswell.

Crumbs, could you tell any more of the story?
I had this book for Christmas 2 years ago, and really did not enjoy it. I love most books but this did nothing for me, felt too sad and pointless. Obviously not keen on the author thou, as had another of hers this christmas and thought that was bloody awful.
Didn't vote cold, though. But have to say £3.86 for an old book seems quite a lot!

:)I really liked this book it was very sad but a good read.

Watched this last night, quite disturbing. The 'disturbing' bit being the fact that this happens! I sat there wanting to rip the murder's effing head off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I couldn't even finish the book, it just made me really really sad.
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