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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold is the story of Susie Salmon, a teenage girl who's murdered by her rapist, George Harvey, and how then her family copes up with the trauma while she watches over them from purgatory.
At the start of the story Susie is brutally raped and murdered by her eccentric middle-aged neighbor, George Harvey, who then chops her body and dumps her bones down a sinkhole. It will never be found or so the killer thinks, but for a single bone from her elbow that's picked up by a dog from the neighborhood. The crime scene is zeroed in on a cornfield that's adjoining Susie's High School and while the police suspect and question everyone in the neighborhood, including Ray Singh who has a crush on Susie and has written a love letter to her, they somehow, never suspect George Harvey. Turns out that the latter is a serial killer and after suffering a traumatic childhood, fell into the habit of raping his victims and killing them in the most gruesome of ways.
The trauma of it all takes away simple joys of life from Susie's family. They stop enjoying together as a family. Susie's mother and father grow apart, her kid brother grows mature overnight and her sister, Lindsey wears a thick shield around her at all times so no one can sympathize with her for the loss. Susie's friend, Ruth is the only one who can feel Susie's presence around her. And that's where the story transcends human barriers for Susie would soon get into Ruth's body to fulfill that one wish that she's nursed ever since she died.
So, will George Harvey ever be caught? Will her family ever get over her loss? Will she finally be at peace in her death?
The Lovely Bones is a beautiful story. There could have been much drama, but that's been avoided for the best. The narrative isn't forced. There are no attempts by the author to give a chance to Susie's spirit for retribution, which would be so natural to expect. Overall, it's a very good read and I enjoyed it thoroughly.
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Prashant Badiger I just brought the book yesterday and I am keen to discover the lovely story of life after death. Nice review!! Well written and well described. Thanks for the review Vani


Vani Prashant wrote: "I just brought the book yesterday and I am keen to discover the lovely story of life after death. Nice review!! Well written and well described. Thanks for the review Vani"

It's a wonderful book, Prashant. You will enjoy this one.


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