Monday, 6 August 2012

The lovely bones- Alice Sebold

Publisher: Little brown and company
Published: Aug 29, 2006
328 pages
Goodreads page

The Lovely Bones is the story of a family devastated by a gruesome murder -- a murder recounted by the teenage victim. Upsetting, you say? Remarkably, first-time novelist Alice Sebold takes this difficult material and delivers a compelling and accomplished exploration of a fractured family's need for peace and closure.

The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.

Sebold creates a heaven that's calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive -- and then some. But Susie isn't ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.

This book was kind of just ok for me. I found myself very easily distracted.
The story is about this girl Susie watching her family from heaven as they struggle to deal with her death, it is told from her point of view looking down to earth.
I think the problem for me with this was that i had seen the movie previously and wasn't the biggest fan so i found myself picturing the movie throughout the whole book.
The story line was good and i cant really pick anything i didn't like about it but it just wasn't enough to keep me interested. Once i put the book down it was a struggle for me to pick it up again, i cant really pick why exactly.
The characters where kind of just meh (I'm so great with words :p) they didn't have a lot of depth and although i felt bad for what they were dealing with i didn't really feel much else for them.
The best parts of the book are pretty much written in the synopsis which kind of puts a downer on starting the story.
Overall it had a good concept but execution was a little off, i think this would be more enjoyable for anyone who hasn't seen the movie.

Three stars

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