“My name is Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.”
Susie Salmon, a young girl, fourteen years old, from Pennsylvania, was murdered on December 6, 1973. She took a shortcut through the cornfield to her home, well, that was how it was supposed to go. A man about sixty years old, Mr. Harvey, appeared out of nowhere and asked her if she wanted to see an underground shelter that he had built. She was polite as usual, and she agreed to have a look. A thing what she would regret, because in a few moments she would be dead. Susie wasn’t really gone, she was in heaven. She was there, on earth, for a moment, and then she was gone. There she was, Susie, speaking from heaven.
The moment she was killed, she was between earth and heaven and she touched Ruth, a girl from school. Ruth couldn’t let go of it and she became obsessed with Susie. Mr. Harvey was never a suspect in Susie’s case. He was just a neighbour. Nobody had noticed something weird, until Susie’s dad, Jack, became suspicious about him. He called Fen Fenerman, the detective, and told him about Mr. Harvey. Fen had to disappoint Jack because there wasn’t any evidence to make him a suspect.
The death of Susie was a radical incident in her family, it torned the family apart. They had to let it go, and so they did. Over the years, her family and friends grew up, fell in love and lived their lifes. A thing Susie wasn’t and will never be able to do, finish her life. Susie has found peace now, she accepted that she was in heaven, she finally delivered herself to a new existance.
‘Compulsive enough to read in a single sitting, brilliantly intelligent, elegantly constructed and ultimately intriguing’ – The Times.
I couldn’t agree more with this thought! This is what The Lovely Bones is about. A number one bestseller, written by Alice Sebold, a book with a sentimental storyline, well written structure and narrated from heaven. An original perspectif and she tells the story directly so you can imagine the situations and feel their emotions.
It’s a book which you will remember because of the well chosen sentances, dialogues and narrators. Especially the fact that a young girl like Susie was murdered. Why? Because it was out of lust? Yes it was. A thing one must realize, make something of your life. The cliché itself is a good example for this. ‘You only live once’. Because in no time, you will be dead, like Susie. This can happen to anyone, any moment. Scary thought, isn’t it?
“I wish you all have a long and happy life.”