- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 509 KB
- Print Length: 348 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0330511742
- Publisher: Picador (9 April 2008)
- Sold by: Amazon UK, Amazon US
Susie Salmon was fourteen years old when she was murdered by a man from her neighbourhood. Now in heaven, she can have whatever she wishes for – except the one thing she wants most: to be back with the people she loved on earth. Susie watches from above as her suburban family is torn apart by grief; as her friends grow up, fall in love, and do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. In time, Susie will realise that even in death, life is not quite out of reach . . .
My Rating: ★★★★ (4 out of 5)
After reading The Hunger Games and then watching the film, I thought it would be a useful exercise as a writer to take a film that I’d seen and read the book. Even though it has been a few years since I saw the Peter Jackson directed film, enough of what happens was still fresh in my mind.
Susie Salmon is an interesting character and her very interesting story unfolds with the bombshell on the opening page. The plot takes twists and turns as you would expect from the storyline.
The Lovely Bones is written in first person and all from the main protagonist’s point of view as she experiences her heaven and the struggles of her family back on earth. I found the second half of the novel read like a long epilogue at times. Well written, but had that sort of feel to it.
Having seen the film, reading the book was no less enjoyable. In a way, knowing what happened in the end was a good thing and with this story structured the way it is anyway, you know where it is going.
Anyway, I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book (and watching the film for that matter) and recommend it.
This is the TENTH book review I’ve written for the Eclectic Reading Challenge 2012. Only TWO to go. Romance and Historical.