The Lovely Bones, Paperback Book
3.5 out of 5 (44 ratings)


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.

This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy, suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone.

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 - but, above all, about finding light in the darkest of places. 'Spare, beautiful and brutal prose ...The Lovely Bones is compulsive enough to read in a single sitting, brilliantly intelligent, elegantly constructed and ultimately intriguing' The Times 'Moving and compelling ...It will put an imperceptible but stealthily insistent hold on you. I sat down in the morning to read the first couple of pages; five hours later, I was still there, book in hand, transfixed' Maggie O'Farrell, Sunday Telegraph


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This might not be everyone's cup of tea. The story is narrated by a murdered child. It is strangely uplifting (without being sentimental), and shows how a family copes (or fails to cope) with its grief.

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Actaully a nice read, interesting and heartwarming. I liked the book and the characters. The young girl who narrates this story has been murdered and from the outset you know who murdered her but the story is about how the murder affects her family and those around her.

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Mum said 'I think you'll like this book', and as usual she was right, but it seemed kind of weird that Mum thought I would like a book in which a girl is raped and murdered in the first chapter. Not the kind of thing I'd normally read, but good nonetheless. Sort of detective-novely, but from the point of view of the victim.

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A chilling account of a young girl looking down from heaven as her family tries to discover her killer...a unique concept of heaven

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Writing is very evocative, but, for me, disquieting. The restoration of hope and healing that flows through this book ought to be uplifting. But I found that it dangerous in the source of this restoration. The post modern yearning for spirituality and the numinous is attracted to this idea of the ongoing of life after death and the hope that it brings. However, it is less willing to submit to the idea that that hope needs a foundation. There is no foundation offered here, and that makes it a false hope that will cause houses built on its sands to fall. There is a hope with a foundation, and that hope is found in the death and resurrection of Jesus. That hope has a foundation because it has been demonstrated. Christ is Risen.

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