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The Lovely Bones | Paperback

Released on 06 June 2003

Author: Alice Sebold | Format: Paperback

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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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 Probably the best book I have ever read..

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This book is amazing. I have read nothing like it before and don't think anything will ever top it. It's easily the most read book on my (very full) bookshelf. Can't wait for the film.

 Outstanding And Incredibly Special

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From her personal Heaven, which resembles the high school that she didn't live to attend, Susie Salmon narrates this beautiful and unique novel.
Susie is 14, when she is brutally raped and murdered by one of her neighbours, after taking a shortcut home from junior high. As time passes, from then on, Susie watches her family and friends, as they struggle to come to terms with her death.
As the years go by, at times angry and at times upset, trapped in her 'perfect world', Susie remains forever 14, unable to have what she desires most, for her to be alive and her murderer dead. Little does she know, that life still has one more surprise in store for her.
This novel is incredibly well written and Alice Sebold's breathtaking prose will linger in your mind, long after you turn the last page.

 Compelling and Haunting

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This book simply has to be read to be believed. When I heard aout this book I found it hard to believe it would be any good, but how wrong I turned out to be.

Susie, as a narrator, is so matter of fact about her death its hard not to find her a delightful character. Being written from the perspective of a 14 year old only enhances the ideas of this book and gives such a believable idea of heaven you become happy she is there. As you follow her frustrations and happy memories the reader is drawn to be in Susie's place and urge the people on earth to catch her killer as much as Susie does.

An addictive read and a story that can be cherished by many ages.

 The Lovely Bones an exceptional and unique book

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This book leapt out at me from the book shelf, once started it was not put down until the last page. The subject matter could have been disturbing and dark but i discovered that it had a great feelgood atmosphere and it lifted my spirits to read of triumph over dispair. I recommended it to all of my friends to read, and eerily at the time of reading it, many of my family and acquaintances were reading it at the same time, before we had even discussed it, and we all thought it was an exceptional and rivetting read. Really unusual and unique take on a murder mystery.

 Great book

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A beautifully written novel, which is gripping and can easily leave you reading large chunks in one sitting. At times it does lose its flow and I often found myself having to re-read the page before to find my place in the book. So not a classic but still a great book- I would recommend this to others but would not go as far as reading another novel by the same author.

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AuthorAlice Sebold
PublisherPan Macmillan (UK)
Formatpaperback - 256 Pages
Age Group18 yrs - 99 yrs