Book Review: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Title: The Lovely Bones
Author: Alice Sebold
Rating: 5/5

Summary: 14-year-old Susie Salmon is dead. She was murdered in a time before milk carton photos and public service announcements, in 1973 people still believed that children and people in generally just didn’t mysteriously disappear. Susie gives her personal account of what happened and her adjustment to the place that she finds herself in after her death. Susie watches her family as they go through their grief in different ways, her father’s hunt for her killer, her sister becoming more daring, and her brother building a fort in her honor to begin his own healing.

Review: I have seen the movie, and they did a very good job transitioning from print story to movie. This story is not sunshine and happiness, it is depressing and it is going to have an effect upon you. These things just do not happen in suburbia, not in 1973, children do not go missing, children do not have bad things happen to them. That was the way things were until 14-year-old Susie Salmon doesn’t come home from school one day, and ultimately is never found at least not whole.

The man next door literally crafts a family’s worst nightmare when he murders their 14-year-old daughter and gives them a glimpse into the reality of the world. When Susie goes missing, any and everyone becomes a suspect in her disappearance, and it ultimately comes down to her father to find the man that killed his daughter when the police are not moving fast enough, or following up on the near paranoia that Mister Salmon has concerning their neighbor who gives him at times conflicting information but it takes him some time to figure it out.

Also, Susie’s heaven is a wonderful place, that actually looks somewhat like her school playground. In her heaven there are other children, and even some adults, but they all have one thing in common – they were murdered by the same twisted individual who at the moment lives next door to the Salmon family.

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