The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold is the story of Susie Salmon, a 14-year old girl who is raped, murdered and dismembered on her way home from school.
Susie tells the story herself, from heaven. She looks down and tells us what she sees. We see her friends at a loss, especially the only boy she ever kissed. We see her sister and her father start to suspect and investigate Harvey, a neighbour. We see the detective who eventually stops investigating due to lack of evidence. We see her family as they struggle to move on with their lives, no longer at peace with each other, much less the world around them. We see the murderer. We see time pass. And we see Susie, who is struggling to move on herself.
This is a really good book. A really sad book. In one way a really peaceful book. An amazing book for a first time author. Sebold really made you feel each character’s emotions, and know the reason for them.
You can’t really have a happy ending when the first page tells of the death of a 14-year old girl. But there is still some relief at the end.
Favorite Quotes from The Lovely Bones:
“Murderers are not monsters, they’re men. And that’s the most frightening thing about them.”
“These were the lovely bones that had grown around my absence: the connections-sometimes tenuous, sometimes made at great cost, but often magnificent-that happened after I was gone. And I began to see things in a way that let me hold the world without me in it. The events that my death wrought were merely the bones of a body that would become whole at some unpredictable time in the future. The price of what I came to see as this miraculous body had been my life.”