Friday, July 17, 2009

The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

My name was Salmon, like the fish, first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer'. From heaven, Susie watches. She sees her happy suburban family implode after her death, as each member tries to come to terms with the terrible loss. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet. The Lovely Bones is a luminous and astonishing novel about life and death, forgiveness and vengeance, memory and forgetting. It is, above all, a novel which finds light in the darkest of places, and shows how even when that light seems to be utterly extinguished, it is still there, waiting to be rekindled (from the publisher).
I have read this book twice now - the first time was quite a few years ago and I didn't really enjoy it all that much. I decided to give it another try as it is being released as a movie on Boxing Day this year. Hmm, I'm still a little undecided as to whether I like it or not. Something about this book makes me a little uncomfortable for some reason. Perhaps it is the way Susie dies and that she is 14, or that I wasn't completely satisfied with the ending - karma does get the baddie of the book, but the family never finds out what became of Susie's remains. Still, makes for a different kind of read.
Rating - I give this 3/5 Not bad...

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Reviewed by Michelle @ admin

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