The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold

‘Inside the snow globe on my father’s desk, there was a penguin. This penguin was alone in there, I thought, and I worried for him. When I told my father this, he said: ‘Don’t worry Susie; he has a nice life. He’s trapped in a perfect World.’’

For Susie it took years to realize that she was also in a perfect world. A world that could only be perfect if she’d stop looking back to her past on earth and accept things like they were now. This perfect World is well known as Heaven.

Susie traces the footsteps back of her family, friends and the man who killed her. By telling us her story, she hopes she can finally accept the things how they are now and enjoy her time in heaven. Her story starts when she walks  home after a long day of school. It was getting a bit late so Susie decided to take a shortcut through the cornfield. There she meets Mr Harvey. He persuaded her to take a look at an underground shelter that he had built. The cozy shelter,  that was lit up by candles, soon overset in a dark nightmare. Mr Harvey raped and killed her.

After her death, there were a few radical changes that changed the life of her family and friends. First they were all very suspicious with Mr Harvey and eventually they had evidence that linked him somehow with Susie’s death. The one that contributed the most was her friend Ruth. She has contact with the death so she can see Susie. By talking to the death, she finds out that Mr Harvey killed several young women. Susie knows this too, and therefore she lets an icicle drop from heaven onto Mr Harvey’s head. In the end there’s one thing for Susie left to do: to kiss Ray Singh. When she appears in Ruth’s body and kisses Ray, there’s nothing more Susie can wish for. Now that she kissed her lover and killed her murderer, she is satisfied and she can finally enjoy her time in heaven.

Despite of the fact that the story is a bit long-winded in the beginning, this book keeps you in tension until the end. This story tells you how the lovely bones of Susie Salmon had grown around her absence, the connections that happened between her well beloved after she was gone.

‘It’s a book that is compulsive enough to read in a single sitting, brilliantly intelligent, elegantly constructed and ultimately intriguing’ The times. You actually have to agree with this, there’s no way that you can disagree and still defend your opinion. Also, due to the fact that this book was actually adapted to a movie which gained remarkable success:

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