I first heard of Alice Sebold’s The Lovely Bones when Oprah mentioned it, but I didn’t get to read it until recently.
From the beginning, I was gripped. Growing up, I watched plenty of true life shows about serial killers and unsolved murders. These are my mom’s favorite kind of shows. While she loves learning about the forensics and how the murders are solved as well as what motivated the murderer, all these shows did was make me scared of who might be lurking. You never know when you’ll run into someone who could be a killer. (I know, not a healthy way to go through life. That’s why I stopped watching true life crime shows and reading those kinds of books.)
This book gripped me because unlike the shows we watched, The Lovely Bones gave the victim’s perspective. We see her murder from her own eyes and understand the brutality of it. We also learn from her what it’s like to be ripped away from your family and friends, from your life, in one ordinary night.
Susie Salamon, the victim, was just on the cusp of becoming an adolescent, ready to bloom into adulthood, when she’s murdered. She finds herself in a Heaven, though it seems to be just one step on the way to real Heaven. Yet she can’t move on to the other Heaven because she can’t quit looking at the people on Earth that she left behind. She can’t quit coming down to visit them and to watch them live their lives and grieve the loss of her.
Thanks to this, we, the readers, get to see how the family and her friends try to pick up the pieces in the wake of her loss.
As I neared the end of this book, I purposefully slowed down my reading because I didn’t want the book to end. Although the book takes a bit of a strange turn at the end, I enjoyed it immensely.
What good books have you read recently?
Five out of five stars on the Mom’s Plans’ scale.