The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – A Book Review

The Lovely Bones

Synopsis: The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder — a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family’s need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by her murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that’s calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive — and then some. But Susie isn’t ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature. – Goodreads


To begin, this book was supposed to just get me through a couple days between our book club reads and post-Illuminae heartache. Instead, I found myself unable to put this book down.

Susie Salmon has a way of entrancing you into her story, constantly wanting to know what happens next, but not like an action-packed, thrilling type of way. I felt like I was a part of the Salmon family.

This book was a nice comparison character-wise to our last read of The Glittering Court (read about that here) where I just did not connect with any of the characters whatsoever. I felt like I was constantly being reminded of the different traits and attributes of each characters that I truly enjoyed.

When I first posted a bookstagram of my reading status of this book many people said how great the movie was, so naturally as soon as I was done with this book, I had to get on Netflix and watch the movie. I’m big into watching the movie after reading the book. The directors, screenwriters, and casting directors did just an awesome job with getting the movie right. All around an awesome read and watch!

Four Stars

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7 thoughts on “The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold – A Book Review

      1. I was a bit confused by the film. I mean, I got what was happening, I just didn’t really enjoy the way the story was told, I guess. I don’t know, it was a while ago. But thinking back on it, I just remember this sense of confusion.

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