Book Review: The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

Tuesday, December 01, 2009 Posted by Dina N

I did not read The Lovely Bones when it first came out in 2002. This national bestseller has been made into a movie opening this month in select U.S. cities, and nationwide in January 2010. Thanks to Hachette Book Group, I received a copy of the audio book read by Alice Sebold herself.

The Lovely Bones is narrated through the voice of a 14-year old girl, brutally raped and murdered by a middle-aged serial killer who happens to live nearby. Susie Salmon watches her family and friends trying to cope with her disappearance, with her death - without being able to bury her since her body, apart from an elbow, is never recovered. I listened to the first few chapters, reliving all the emotions her family experienced - sadness, anger, despair. I watched the unravelling of her parents, the desperate search for clues, the killer covering his tracks. Alice Sebold's beautiful prose and her expressive voice haunted me. She masterfully leads the reader through the journey of Susie in her own heaven and among those close to her on earth. At first, it seems impossible that Susie, her family and loved ones will ever find peace - but somehow they do. The narrative takes some surprising turns, and I was left guessing about how things will conclude until the very end. This is a truly remarkable book that transcends the unspeakable tragedy of a young girl's death to celebrate life and come to terms with a terrible loss.


  1. Rabid Fox said...

    I agree about how remarkable this book is. It remains one of my favorite reads from this decade. It has real resonance.

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