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Quickie Book Review: The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold
On a snowy night when she was 14 years old, Susie Salmon decided to take a short cut home from junior high, traveling through the cornfield behind the school. Along the way, she ran into her neighbor Mr. Harvey, and her world changed forever. For on that night, Mr. Harvey murdered Susie Salmon. Susie recounts the events of that night from her place in Heaven, watching the aftermath as her family falls apart and tries to rebuild, as relationships between family and friends change, as Mr. Harvey quietly throws out red herrings to divert attention from himself and quits the town.

The Lovely Bones focuses on the Salmon Family and Susie's friends, presenting an intimate portrait of a family struggling to find out what happened while not crumbling to pieces after the death of Susie. Susie also lets the reader in on what her own hopes and dreams had been, her longing to be reunited with her family, and her desire to help her father catch the man who killed her. I will say, though, that while early on the quest to prove the guilt of Mr. Harvey plays a large part in how the book's events unfold, the urgency disappears to almost nothing as the story moves along. Glimpses of Harvey sprinkle the latter pages, almost as if he is no longer as important to the story. And that's probably correct in the scheme of things; the relationships with Susie's family and friends should take precedence. (Maybe that's just the horror fan in me, wanting Susie to be able to use her ghostly powers to bring about Harvey's end.)

I enjoyed reading The Lovely Bones and recommend it.

The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
Little, Brown and Company
hard cover, 328 pgs.



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