The Lovely Bones
"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."
Wow........attractive, right? That's how I started to read this novel.
I spent around 2 weeks to finish the book. While reading nearly towards the end, I couldn't put it down and finished 10 chapters in half a day.
It is a story from the point of view of a girl in heaven, Susie, who is being raped, murdered and with her body being separated into pieces by a man who is her neighbour.
Her death changes the lives of her family and friends. Her mother tries to escape from this brutal reality by having an affair with the detective of her daughter's murder case and eventually runs away to start a new life; his father knows who is the murderer from his instinct but no one believe him and he becomes a crazy man in the eyes of others. What depresses her most is seeing her younger sister growing up and doing things that she will never has the chance to experience: kissing with boyfriend, graduating from high school and college, getting married and having children. Up in her home in heaven, she witnesses the lives of her family daily.
The Lovely Bones gives me a fresh new reading experience. Some people criticized that the story involves too many narration by Susie from her memory and mades the story quite dull. I think this helps to enforce the feeling of Susie who misses her life as human.
Alice Sebold, the writer, is actually a victim from rape when she was 18. She wrote down her story in her book Lucky. I believe that's why the rape scene of Susie is so heart-tearing.