Book Summary from Amazon - Published Aug 2002
My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."
So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on eath continue without her - her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling.
Out of unspeakable traged and loss, The Lovely Bones succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.
My Review 4 Great to the last Drop
I have 2 words that I think describe this book perfectly, Sweet and Memorable.
Juju, recommended I read a book about Grief to see if it helps with my reading slump due to personal life which included grieving. Well, Lovely Bones was perfect, couldn't come at a better time. I have had this on my Wishlist to read for 3 years now, timing is everything. (Thanks Juju)
Susie was such a sweet character, she is telling the story and so we see what is important to her and what she thinks as a child. I enjoyed reading the journey of her in Heaven and the transition. I thought it was sweet that she watched over her loved ones. It was creepy but in a special way. I found it suspenseful to see her response to the man that murdered her and not knowing the outcome, will he get charged, found, killed, what will happen. Finding out that he was a serial killer was the scary thought, when in such a small community.
When someone dies, it affects everyone and when someone is murdered it involves even more. I really enjoyed how the consequences of Susie's death was portrayed. Will time and being busy with other things really help with moving on? Grief really affects everyone differently, this came across in a genuine, emotional, direct way. Susie's mom, father, siblings, friends and neighbours, all done so well.
Susie's father was my favourite character, intuition, he knew who killed his daughter but without proof what can he do but make himself look foolish and crazy which in the end the police and his wife thought he was. How frustrating for him and the reader but we see Susie taking it in stride, patiently waiting.
The 2 issues I had with the book. What happened to the Murderer and the paranormal scene with Susie's boyfriend. Both were not break it or make it concerns but I could have done without them.
The title The Lovely Bones, how it came together in the end, beautiful, the foundation of family and love.
Heaven wasn't perfect. But I came to believe that if I watched closely, and desired, I might change the lives of those I loved on Earth. 5% on Kindle
When Lindsey and I played Barbies, Barbie and Ken got married at sixteen. To us there was only one true love in everyone's life; we had no concept of compromise, or retrys. 20% on Kindle
No one could have predicted how my loss would change small moments on Earth. But I held on to those moments, hoarded them. None of them were lost as long as I was there watching. 69% on Kindle