The Lovely Bones: A Novel by Alice SeboldThe Lovely Bones: A Novel by Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones: A Novel

byAlice Sebold

Paperback | July 3, 2002

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Once in a generation a novel comes along that taps a vein of universal human experience, resonating with readers of all ages. THE LOVELY BONES is such a book -- a #1 bestseller celebrated at once for its artistry, for its luminous clarity of emotion, and for its astonishing power to lay claim to the hearts of millions of readers around the world.

"My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973."

So begins the story of Susie Salmon, who is adjusting to her new home in heaven, a place that is not at all what she expected, even as she is watching life on earth continue without her -- her friends trading rumors about her disappearance, her killer trying to cover his tracks, her grief-stricken family unraveling. Out of unspeakable tragedy and loss, THE LOVELY BONES succeeds, miraculously, in building a tale filled with hope, humor, suspense, even joy.

Heather's Review

I am not sure quite why but this year my favourite fiction books have all been by first-time writers. When I first read the synopsis of this book – a young girl is raped and murdered by a serial killer – I said to myself, "This is not for me." Fortunately, I was on an airplane and this book was the only one in my briefcase. This tour...

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Alice Sebold is the bestselling author of The Lovely Bones and Lucky, A Memoir. She lives in California with her husband, the novelist Glen David Gold.
Title:The Lovely Bones: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.6 × 5.9 × 1.1 inPublished:July 3, 2002Publisher:Little, Brown & CompanyLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from beautifully tragic I really enjoyed reading this book for its creativity, thoughtfulness and ability to draw me in to the story. I am not one for disturbing content but because I enjoy a well written mystery with well developed characters and a touch of fantasy I couldn't put it down! It's a page turner!
Date published: 2018-08-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Very well-written 3.5/5 stars. Quite a disturbing story, but the family ties and the narration was stellar.
Date published: 2018-08-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Gift This was a gift. It's powerful, and it is well written. It's even light hearted at times. But I honestly could not get over the tragedy of it all. If the premise is a real sticking point for you, like it was for me, I'd recommend avoiding it. If you think you can get over the 'tragedy of it all', then pick it up for sure because this is a really great well written story.
Date published: 2018-08-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Lovely Bones I enjoyed this book so much. After reading it I immediately told my mother, sister and best friend who all read it and loved it as much as I did.
Date published: 2018-07-24
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Haunting Gripped me from the start and had me hanging on each chapter. Be prepared to get taken along for the ride.
Date published: 2018-07-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful I just re-read this book, which I haven't read since it first came out. The story is just so beautiful, and, in a way, a necessary read for anyone coping with loss. I believe some parts of the story felt weaker than others but the first few chapters are so powerful they make up for the book's weaknesses.
Date published: 2018-07-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting A haunting book, I get the author point that sometimes you don't know what happens, but it seems like several things were missed in the police investigation that easily could have led to more clues towards susies body and other facts, also why did Ruth and Ray never suspect the sinkhole or speak about there suspicions towards her murder
Date published: 2018-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic This book is absolutely amazing. If you like reading about child abductions, and love twists and turns this is the book for you! It is haunting and emotional but a great read! :)
Date published: 2018-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beautiful This is a very beautifully written novel but it does not immediately grab your attention. If you stick with it it is a beautiful novel that you will be happy you read.
Date published: 2018-07-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book! My sister gave me this book and it was sitting on my shelf for months before I decided to read it. This is such an awesome book! It had me hooked from beginning to end. I even recommended it to all my friends! It is heartwarming and sad, by one of my all time favourites! It is beautifully written, and hard to put down. I hardly ever read during daylight, but I did with one. Alice is able to write in the point of view of a dead girl so beautifully, and even though the story is somewhat dark in parts, I enjoy the realism it shows. This books is powerful, and a great read!!
Date published: 2018-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book, but not for everyone The overall writing in the book is ok... but the story is deep and draws you in. It is a hard read if you become emotionally connected to the characters. This is a book that is haunting and emotionally difficult to read a parent. It was generally a satisfying read!
Date published: 2018-06-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Captivating A little difficult to start but very hard to put down! So captivating and suspenseful
Date published: 2018-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my favourites! This is one of my favourite books. I loved the writing and the plot line and I've never seen the movie because I'm sure they ruin it. The story is very dark but it is beautifully written
Date published: 2018-05-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Reading the plot I was not sure I would like such a dark story with sensitive subject matter, but the writing in this thriller is beautiful, emotional and somehow comforting. It is a moving depiction of grief, first love, and family. While I wouldn't suggest this book to a young reader, I think it is an amazing novel for adults.
Date published: 2018-05-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very slow read Couldn't get into it, it was very slow and gave up about half way through.
Date published: 2018-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Loved this book, made me cry. This was the first book I read by Alice Seabold. She's an amazing author.
Date published: 2018-04-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Really interesting take on death and grief I meant to read this throughout the week during my afternoon commute but ended up consuming it all in a day or two. Really engaging style of writing and made me think a lot about death and how it affects so many people in ways you wouldn't even know about. I really wanted Mr. Harvey to have a far more harsher punishment but that's just me being idealistic and the book really did have a fitting end for him.
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A different perspective A different way to tell the story of a missing person. I was very impressed by the voice of the character who watched with interest but also the realization that where she was, she couldn't really change things or give answers to those searching for her, just watch. The maturation process and how her "heaven" changes throughout the book was interesting.
Date published: 2018-04-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good story but a slow read In my opinion, it's a slow read and difficult to get into, but if you push through, it is an incredible, chilling story. Overall, the story was wonderful but the writing left something to be desired. It may be easier to just watch the movie, which is also a bit slow, but easier to get into.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking This was the first book that ever made me cry. Will make you love and appreciate your family and the ties that bind us
Date published: 2018-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting i liked how this book was written, it was a peculiar and lovely book with a chilly subject. i found it was both dark and chilling and yet light and colorful at the same time.
Date published: 2018-03-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not as good as people say It was weird and unrealistic in some places. I think there are better books to read on this topic
Date published: 2018-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great! Beautifully written. Great thriller. Just hands down an amazing book.
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Difficult Subject Matter, But Very Enjoyable I was not sure how much I would like a book where we knew from the beginning who the killer was, in a type of anti-mystery. But I found it just as enjoyable and just as hard to put down.
Date published: 2018-01-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Difficult but Beautiful This book is great for adults and older teens alike. The narrator's perspective is a unique take and gives you a sense of the frustrations and struggles she goes through in her situation. The family's struggles are heartbreaking but thoughtfully written.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from different i really liked this book because of the unique perspective of the narrator. you really feel like you are with the protagonist on her journey. it is difficult to read but worth it!
Date published: 2017-12-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from So-so It's a great story but it's a little bit more difficult to read compared to other leisure fiction reads.
Date published: 2017-12-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Ok It's hard to get into in the beginning but does pick up towards the middle. It's defiantly chilling and heartbreaking. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Chilling Such a chilling story, yet a beautiful depiction of the afterlife.
Date published: 2017-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hauntingly Beautiful! I think I read this book in a matter of days. It is a real page turner! If you are interested in reading a murder-mystery/thriller then give this one a go!
Date published: 2017-12-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Favourites.. Oh man, this book will make you feel feelings. I was recommended it by my 12th grade teacher and have loved it ever since. It's a heartbreaking story about the aftermath of a girl's disappearance and murder, focusing on how her family especially is dealing with it, all from her point of view. The ending could have been better, I think, but it might work for others.
Date published: 2017-11-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Bones I really loved this book. While it is about the murder of a young girl, it focuses on what she leaves behind and how it impacts those who loved her. It is a really beautiful and sad book. Be prepared to cry.
Date published: 2017-11-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My all time favourite book I love this book so much, ive read it so many times. I usually only read a book once but this one I haven't put down for years. amazing read, better than the movie.
Date published: 2017-11-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A ittle disappointing The book was really good until close to the end. Disappointing story twist but very well written and most oft he book was great.
Date published: 2017-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Tragically beautiful! Wow this story broke my heart. Right from the start, it was already full of tragic heartbreak. It is beautiful written throughout, but despite the heavy subject, I felt hopeful and inspired by the end. A terrific read.
Date published: 2017-10-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking Story This was sooooo sad. Like heartbreaking sad. I usually don't go for these kind of books but it was recommended to me so I had to grab it. The ending could have been done a bit better, in my opinion and there were a few parts throughout the book where I just had to take a break or I wouldn't finish. For the most part though, it was very easy to read and the story flowed quite well. A bit repetitive sometimes, but what do you expect from a book narrated by a dead 14 year old girl, lol. 4 solid stars from me and I look forward to reading more from the author.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from beautiful by far one of my favorite and most recommended books, wayyy better than the movie and impossible to put down.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking, Powerful This book holds such a domestic, and potentially realistic plot of a mysterious neighbour murdering a teenage girl, while maintaining a unique perspective of said girl in heaven. Definitely a refreshing twist! I think the overall message I've gained from this book is that life doesn't stop for anything. This girl is forced to face a torturous fate of watching her family and friends grieve, then her memory slowly fade from them as they learn to go on with their lives. All of this taking place while this innocent girl is in heaven, which is supposed to be the perfect place.
Date published: 2017-10-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE! I watched the movie first and regret it! THE BOOK IS SO MUCH BETTER!!!
Date published: 2017-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I LOVED this book! I read this book a couple of times because I loved it so much. It was sad at times but it was very hard to put down.
Date published: 2017-09-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Way better than the Movie! Read this book years ago before it became a hit on the screen. The book is 10x better than the movie as you can experience her thoughts and emotions on paper. I would definitely recommend it and I have lent this book out many times!
Date published: 2017-09-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching and Sad A truly sad story, touching and powerful. Well written, the movie was awful though unfortunately. Would definitely recommend this book to friends. It was intense and dramatic without being over the top. It's really more about coping with loss rather than what happened to the young girl.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent Thriller The Lovely Bones is an excellent thriller novel. I read this novel in one sitting because I could not put it down. The twists and turns within the novel kept me intrigued. I recommend this book to another who enjoys thrillers.
Date published: 2017-08-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hard read at times, but really enjoyable Although this books starts off with some pretty heavy material, The Lovely Bones was a great book. Introduced interested mythlogy and I enjoyed following the protagonist as she not only told her story, but followed the stories of her family members as they kept going on without her.
Date published: 2017-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE this book When people ask me for book recommendations, this is one of the first I tell them to read. Great mystery and suspense, an emotional rollercoaster. LOVE this book.
Date published: 2017-08-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from a page turner I stayed up to ungodly hours of the night on school nights to read this because I wouldn't put it down, for every hour between basketball games in a tournament I read this book. It didn't take me very long to finish because it was so trilling, I highly recommend this book for someone in a slump, or who wants to read an exciting novel.
Date published: 2017-08-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Touching When I first started reading this I was tempted to put it down, because I thought it was going to be too gruesome and just another story about the murder of a young girl. But I am glad I kept going, because very soon I realized it was a story of love and the power of good over evil. I enjoyed the different perspective provided by the deceased girl as narrator.....really made me think about death and mourning in a different way.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a great read! I read this many years ago and loved it. The book was so visual for me and so well written. It was as much amazing as it was heart-breaking. I would highly recommend and do not use the movie as a reference.
Date published: 2017-07-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read. A little more religious than I was expecting and the ending took a bit of a weird turn. Otherwise this was a book I would recommend because the writing was really captivating.
Date published: 2017-07-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! A difficult read at times, only because of the heartbreaking content, and yet so beautiful. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-07-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it Ive re-read it many times, and I'm always impressed by how well written it is. (And much better than the movie)
Date published: 2017-07-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So beautifully written I was haunted by this but also amazed at how truly great it was. To this day I can recall the book's plot, as well as the characters. I loved it
Date published: 2017-07-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from good a very different narrative, but interesting.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turner Liked the book, it kept me interested until the end.
Date published: 2017-06-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Superior to the film adaptation Alice Sebold's writing creates great mystery and suspense in this novel; it's an easy book to get through primarily because of the methods she incorporates in her work.
Date published: 2017-06-11
Rated 2 out of 5 by from An Ok Book I picked this book up at a garage sale after watching the movie version of it. Although it is filled with very dark themes the book was a light read, easy to get into with an enjoyable protagonist. I did enjoy reading it and was able to finish it quickly however I didn't find this to be an amazing book like all the hype surrounding it suggests. I'm glad I've read it once, however this book has landed in my donate pile since I don't think its worth a second reading.
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great mystery! So interesting to read a book from the view point of a murdered victim!
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! So sad but also beautiful.
Date published: 2017-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from haunting and disturbing This is a heartbreaking story that would be easier to read if this kind of thing did not happen in the world. It is beautifully written and does justice to the characters and the horrible ordeal the family is put through. Definitely worth the read
Date published: 2017-05-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Absolutely Heartbreaking While extremely heartbreaking, it is extremely well written. It was difficult to read emotionally, as well parts that can be fearful yet realistic of what can happen in the real world.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Compelling! This was a page turner. I just wanted to find out more. It was an interesting perspective on the murder of a child. Enjoyed this read as I found it to be different to murder-mysteries I've read in the past.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful So well written and beautiful. It's hard to describe how good this book is but be assured you will enjoy it.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing One of my top 5 favourite books. The story is so gripping, so tragic, and so beautiful all at once.
Date published: 2017-04-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Easy, quick read This was a quick read that I finished in an afternoon. There's not much in terms of character or plot development, but rather a series of vignettes. It's alright for a mind numbing page turner if you're not in the mood for something deep #plumreview
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Favorite This was one of my favorite books in high school and is still one of my favorites. I enjoyed the movie equally as much as well. It's a page-turner for sure!
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Such a good book This novel is certainly unique and beautifully written. I love the perspective from a 14 year old dead girl. The story captured my attention and I thoroughly enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting, both in story and context If anyone's lost a younger person in their lives, it might be too hard to get through this. I got into this without knowing anything about it, and it really brought a lot of horrible memories to the surface, the whole way through reading it. Other than that, it's a fantastic book, but I didn't get to enjoy it due to it hitting too close to home, about someone I cared about, who is no longer around. I wouldn't really call this review a "trigger warning", but a "sensitivity warning" maybe?
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great book. Sad and full of mystery. I read this book at a younger age and it was a pretty harsh read at the time. I suppose it was good that I was little more known of hard topics at that age already but it's definitely a great read. One that is more than worth it and really makes you think about the people around you.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Intense read Its an intense read that you don't want to set down till you are done.
Date published: 2017-03-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Page Turning Mysterey #plumreview I have to admit, the synopsis of this story made me second guess why my friend recommended I read it. But it is a great book. It was written so well. Its a page turner!! Worth taking a chance, you won't regret it.
Date published: 2017-03-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Very boring This book sounded interesting and I was very excited to read it - ultimately it was a disappointment. Very boring and not compelling at all.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from loved it i love this book but it was dry at certain times. VERY SAD but the characters are very relatable
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Something different I was a bit put off by the subject matter and by the narrator being a murdered child. But the story is compelling and I was gripped. And the ending was pure karma! #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Be prepared for tears I suppose the synopsis really tells you how sad it is. It's a great book nevertheless. Definitely recommend. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from simply incredible one of my all time favourite books. It is so beautifully written and I couldn't put it down
Date published: 2017-03-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Hauntingly beautiful story This book was a thrilling and haunting tale from start to finish. It broke my heart for the protagonist and what she went through. It kept me hooked till the very end.
Date published: 2017-03-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved! Get your Kleenex ready. An amazing read. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-02-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Incredible book This book is so well written and hard to put down one it's been picked up. A thrilling mystery.
Date published: 2017-02-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of my Top Fav books ever! I really loved this book! I has over the years maintained one of my top favorite books I've read! It is thrilling and interesting! I recommend! But it can also be a little creepy, so read responsibly :) LOVED IT! totally recommend!
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was fine I think it was easy to read, fast paced and whatnot, and i think it was pretty good, but some things really ruined it for me. There were parts that seemed so odd, unnecessary and very unbelievable, which took away from how meaningful this book is supposed to be. Instead of a sad story about a coping family and a murdered teen how has to move on, it turned into just a really weird story that felt very fictional so it really didn't have an impact on me.
Date published: 2017-02-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good, not great I think that the book would have been much better if the story did not take over as a long a time period as it did.
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved, loved, loved, loved this book I cannot recommend this book enough. It was such a unique piece of art. It felt so new, and gripping!
Date published: 2017-02-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Interesting yet boring Though the plot line itself is interesting it was definitely a harder book to get into. I often found myself bored while reading it and I think it was dragged out longer than needed.
Date published: 2017-02-18
Rated 2 out of 5 by from A little too much for a YA book I never read this as a teenager when it first came out, so I thought I'd give it a go now... Man, it's a sad book! Maybe I was in a vulnerable place when trying to read it, but I teared up before getting even 1/4th of the way through the book... Not a bad read based on other reviews, but just know what you're getting yourself into before giving it a go. Sad book!
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from amazing book very sad but worth the read
Date published: 2017-02-16
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Sad A read for young adults, but so, so sad. I teared up so many times along the way... I couldn't even finish the book! Definitely a page turner, but I couldn't get past my tears!
Date published: 2017-02-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good I thought it was well written but a bit too sad for me to read. Very emotional reading about the little girl's death and her watching her family grieve.
Date published: 2017-02-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from It was just ok It was a good concept but the characters and the story itself fell flat for me. It was pretty sad but I didn't find myself attached enough to care.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Could not put it down! If there was more closure in the end it'd be five stars. Too bad..
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Haunting This was very well written and an excellent read. I would definitely recommend it.
Date published: 2017-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I read this the summer before university and it has stuck with me ever since. The story pulls you in right from the beginning! It's suspenseful and thought provoking, with interesting characters and issues. It's dark and heavy at times but it's engaging throughout. I didn't think I would like it as much as I did because of the disturbing events that start the book but I was wrong. I loved it from start to finish which was only a couple of days because it was that good! Great teen and young adult read.
Date published: 2017-01-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from really enjoyed it it was one of the first books i read that had a real sinister character that was very real life.
Date published: 2017-01-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read I read this book for a novel study in high school, and I couldn't have picked a better book. I read this book so quickly, and there was so much to think about and analyze.
Date published: 2017-01-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing and disturbing Well written but scary to think how this actually happens.
Date published: 2017-01-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Very well written and impossible to put down. It is sad but also beautiful.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Meh The greatest first 50 pages ever. The worst rest.
Date published: 2017-01-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful While the synopsis may be a deterrent - the book is beautifully written and worth reading.
Date published: 2017-01-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved this Book This is a book that I have read several times over the years and often come back to whenever I need the comfort of good literature.
Date published: 2017-01-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it A very sad but well written story. Much better than the film. Would recommend.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely Bones?! I read the book after watching the movie, and I was a little disappointed with the turn the book took. It was a little difficult to get into, and it really was a strange. However, it does perfectly show the effect of death on the family greatly. It was a moving novel, and was chilling at some points.
Date published: 2016-12-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful This is still one of my favorite reads. It is so beautifully written and you cannot help but be pulled into the story. Alice Sebold is very talented and there hasn't been a book of hers I haven't loved.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very Chilling! It took a bit for me to get into, but when I did it was worth it! I don't get spooked easily but this book gave me the chills!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heartbreaking From start to finish I wanted so desperately for her family to find out what happened to her! It's unfortunately a story our world is becoming all too familiar with but I believe seeing things from the victim's perspective gives a different inside perspective on a family's grief of losing someone in such a horrific manner. I just couldn't put it down, I had to know how it ended!
Date published: 2016-12-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from LOVE!!! This is a book everyone should read!
Date published: 2016-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hauntingly Beautiful This book pulls you in and doesn't let you go... Such a hauntingly beautiful read. It has moments where it breaks your heart and brings tears to your eyes, and other moments where it brings a smile to your face. All in all, a great read.
Date published: 2016-12-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good Very creepy and you just wanted to keep reading until you got to the end.
Date published: 2016-12-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it! This is one of my favourite books. I read it in high school and have re-read it a couple of times since, and it's still just as wonderful. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-12-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Amazing! Loved the different point of views in the book and the mystery and suspense.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring This book was hard to get into and really boring storyline
Date published: 2016-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! The story, mystery, and characters make you never want to put the book down!
Date published: 2016-12-08
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Potential When I read the description on the book, it sounded like it would be a great read. Once I started reading it though, I just couldn't get into it. I got about halfway through and did not finish.
Date published: 2016-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique Read A devastating, beautiful emotional rollercoaster of a novel. The writing could have been better, but the story and characters made it impossible to put down!
Date published: 2016-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great great book, id read again
Date published: 2016-11-17
Rated 1 out of 5 by from So slow. It was so slow and I could not get to the fifth chapter. I ended up stopping and watching the movie. The movie was a lot less graphic then the book and far too much was just placed at the beginning I felt drained and uninterested after the first couple pages. Even the movie was slow and I felt like it dragged on for seven hours when it was just an hour and a half. It was recommended to me and I still cannot get to finishing it. I don't recommend this to anyone unless you are able to push through a very very slow start.
Date published: 2016-11-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful A wonderful mystery of a horrible crime. Gut wrenching imagery of what happens to your loved ones after you die. This story is not just about Susie but about the people her life and death touched. A page turned like no other.
Date published: 2016-11-15
Rated 2 out of 5 by from okay this book was okay. it did take a while to get into it though
Date published: 2016-11-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heather's pick for a reason Excellent and moving book. Very much a page turner.
Date published: 2016-11-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Far better than the movie Read the book long before the movie came out and really liked it. Easy read!
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the read. As much as I liked this book, sometimes I found it hard to keep reading. Some chilling imagery in here.
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from chilling after a couple of years I FINALLY decided to read this - wish I didn't wait so long! #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Difficult to Stay Interested In I had read this book on recommendation that it was as timeless as To Kill a Mockingbird, on some aspects I agree. However, I found this book hard to read because it was difficult to stay interested. The characters are beautifully developed but the story line jumps sporadically, sometimes from paragraph to paragraph. The plot is centered on the murder of a young girl, how she go to heaven and her perspective of how she watches her death unraveling the lives of her family members. On an aside, what bugs me the most is that in the book they describe a glimmer of gold when returning the house charm as seen on the cover of the book, however, the charm depicted on the illustrative book is silver.
Date published: 2016-11-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really liked I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Very interesting view from a murder victim.
Date published: 2016-08-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple and nice Nice description of heaven
Date published: 2014-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional read I chose to read this based on a "must read" list that I reviewed a short time ago. It was not a book I had ever considered reading because I did not hear good reviews of the film. This book however was fantastic! Unique ideas and lots of emotion poured out of it. I strongly recommend.
Date published: 2014-05-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lovely bones great read well written highly illustrious very deep and heavy
Date published: 2014-05-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding An outstanding read. Found it very hard to put down, once I downloaded it to my tablet.
Date published: 2014-02-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding Better than the movie, loved how it described her depiction of heaven.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Outstanding This is Alice Seibold's first novel and its getting a lot of press and attention. The story is narrated by a 14 year old girl who has been murdered and is telling her story from heaven. (Quite a gamble for a first novel). The story is quaint and believe it or not it works but it was nothing to rave about! I'm so sick of people portraying mothers as being so weak that grief forces them in the arms of other men and causes them to run away from or ignore their other children (a la Jacquelyn Mitchard-The Deep End of the Ocean) My estimation is that the women I know are so much stronger than that and would die themselves before leaving or losing their other children. I just don't know what people are raving about. Oh, and get this: the killer, a creepy, odd, little man, a serial killer is killed when the girl causes an icicle to fall off of a building and kill him before he can hurt another girl. Iicle are the perfect murder weapon, a favorite in heaven because they melt-and yet the author herself says that you cannot cause any change from heaven. The other disturbing part is when the main charactor "falls" out of heaven into her best friends body because she died before she had the "pleasure" of making love to her boyfriend the first time---Just awful stuff!
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I read this book years ago , then reread it - and still I loved the way she painted her picture . A bit disturbing at time yet a great depiction of what , perhaps the family and victims may face.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding I could not tear myself away from this book once i started reading! Alice Sebold is a truly magnificent writer..
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding I really liked this book...very different approach to telling a story that captured me from the beginning - had to know 'what and how'....sad at times and frightening - could it happen in real life - Yes....Not up there with the best, but glad I took the time
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding Just a sad beautiful story, I would recommend to any one brought tears to my eyes
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding I find her books so incredibly different and this one intrigued me and shocked me all the way through.
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding It was a great story, I found it a little hard to read as it seemed to jump from person to person but once i had read the book i watched the movies and it all came together
Date published: 2014-01-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding Amazing book . Tension is kept up all through book but only slows down towards end . Susie salmon's chilling story will definatly keep you on edge !
Date published: 2014-01-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Outstanding Such a good read! Emotional and moving. Also suspenseful in terms of following what happens to the murderer in the following years.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Outstanding One of the best books I have ever read. Beautiful but sad. The characters are so real.
Date published: 2014-01-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely Bones Alice Sebold Kept me reading
Date published: 2013-11-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lovely Bones Alice Sebold This is an amazingly well written novel that pulls you into the characters and makes you feel their anguish. Very emotional but well worth the read.
Date published: 2013-10-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Touching Great read. I highly recommend this thought provoking true story.
Date published: 2013-06-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Eerie read This is definitely not a book I recommend reading before bed if you get goosebumps easily. I love Alice Sebold's books. Really enjoyed this one.
Date published: 2013-05-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent read Loved this book
Date published: 2013-04-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent Book In Canada almost 2000 cases of children and youth homicides were recorded from 1974 to 1999 and more have been occurring every year. The Lovely Bones written by Alice Sebold is about a 14 year girl named, Susie who is brutally raped and murdered in the early 70’s. She begins her journey in heaven and must watch her friends; family and her killer cope with her disappearance. Susie Salmon is a 14 year old girl who is raped and killed. A characteristic about Susie is she is a loving person. She loves her family and close friends. In the novel she acts motherly towards her younger brother Buckley. A character trait about Susie is that she is a creative person. She loves to take photos and view life differently. Susie is a character that we learn about and tells us the readers, what is happening on earth. The novel contains different themes throughout the book. Grief is a theme shown in the book from the disappearance of Susie. Many of the characters deal with this and go through the process like her family. Thirdly, a major theme in the novel is “good vs. evil.” The innocent girl, Susie, is murdered by the neighbour Mr. Harvey. These are the types of the themes most readers like to read. Evaluating, the book, I liked the suspense aspect. There were close times where the killer tries to strike again or is close to getting caught. The thing I disliked about The Lovely Bones was the ending. I thought the ending didn’t really tell me about what happens to the family. Generally, there were things about the book that made me want to read the book even though there were some boring parts. Overall, the book is decently written with the storyline being a bit disturbing for younger audience. Additionally, they made a movie which I thought wasn’t good because they didn’t include some parts from the book and I thought the actors weren’t good representations of the characters. I give this book a rating of 3 out of 5.
Date published: 2013-01-16
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst Book I ever rea There is just nothing more I can say. No delight in this book of doom.
Date published: 2012-05-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful The reason I bought and read this book was because I fell in love with the movie. Normally after watching a movie I do not find myself thriving to dig into the details. After losing a close friend of mine, and having been touched by the movie I purchased the book. I found the style in which Alice Sebold wrote kept me interested. She was descriptive but not over whelming. This book is brilliant and stands out from others.
Date published: 2012-03-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A seriously amazing read I just finished reading this book for the first time and I can't really even put into words how it made me feel. It's a heartfelt story told almost as a memoire by a murdered young girl as she looks down on earth from heaven. This book will tug at your heard strings as you follow her family (along with other people in her life) and watch them deal, each in their own way, with her death. It's beautifully written and will captivate you from the first page.
Date published: 2011-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking Honestly, there are no words. This is one of those novels that can't really be categorized--my favourite type. It's a mystery, but reads sort of like a memoir, and there's the whole fantastical element.... It's for young adults but it's not, it's for adults but it's narrated by a 14-year-old.... It's stunning. It's incredible. I can't believe I didn't read it sooner.
Date published: 2011-08-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Heart-wrenching Lovely Bones is a wholly original story of a teenage girl murdered by a serial killer living in her neighborhood, her family's quest to find answers and pick up the broken pieces of their lives, and her efforts to solve her own case from beyond the grave. Outstanding and a must read for everyone!
Date published: 2011-03-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A mood lifting novel This book is truly an incredible emotional rollercoaster you are left teary eyed, or smiling. There is more to this book then just its content. It’s about the present and the afterlife. The Lovely Bones is the story of a young girl named Susie Salmon whose life was taken when she was raped and murdered at the age of 14. From heaven she narrates her family and the murderers’ life as they continue on life without her. Mrs. Salmon; Susie’s mother, continues to push her family away as she tries to deal with the grief. Her father, Mr. Salmon; who is the most emotionally stable person in her family uses this stability to start off on his own investigation. He believes he knows who the murderer is but is unable to prove it. As Susie watches her family fracture over her death she finds herself living vicariously through her family she will never age physically but is growing up emotionally.
Date published: 2011-02-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy, enjoyable read I picked up this book a few years back and have read it three times so far. I really enjoy it. It's a story told from the perspective of a dead girl watching over her family and friends. Different. I'm giving it four stars instead of five because there is one part that I really didn't like and I skip over it every time I read it. Not to ruin anything from the book, but it was the only part I found to be unbelievable.
Date published: 2010-09-03
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold Blog for Book Reviews.
Date published: 2010-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lovely! On her way home from school on a snowy December day, 14-year-old Susie Salmon is lured into a cornfield and brutally raped and murdered, the latest victim of a serial killer. Susie struggles to accept her death while still clinging to the lost world of the living, following her family's dramas over the years. Her family disintegrates in their grief: her father becomes determined to find her killer, her mother withdraws, her little brother Buckley attempts to make sense of the new hole in his family and her younger sister Lindsey moves through the milestone events of her teenage and young adult years. Random acts and missed opportunities run throughout the book--Susie recalls her sole kiss with a boy on earth as "like an accident--a beautiful gasoline rainbow". This book was soo difficult to put down.Although we know who Susie's killer is, one is constantly hoping her family and the police will figure it out. The novel alternates between the characters point of view and this helps to make a well rounded story. We are able to see/feel how everyone deals with Susie's death differently. You hurt right alone with the characters, only being able to imagine what they must all be going through. Although Alice Sebold's novel has some difficult issues to deal with she gives us a very well written story!
Date published: 2010-07-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bitter sweet... A insightful read...if you can get past the first chapter, you're okay. I found it difficult to get past the fact that she was gone...she would never marry, have children. I have children so it absolutely hit a soft spot for me. This is a book that takes some personal tolerance. To tolerate the horrible event that kicks off the book and then you are hooked...hoping the attacker will get what he deserves...
Date published: 2010-06-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Book I read this book probably about 4 years ago, it was a really good book and I did enjoy it. At times I felt a little grossed out, but that was just because of the story line. It makes you feel sad and if you have your own kids, or are close to a child you think "what would I do if this happened to me?" None the less, it was a good book and I would recommend it to someone else who is able to read stories about children and murder.
Date published: 2010-05-21
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Odd It started off as though it was going to be very good, but I got very disappointed near the end when it took a turn on the weird side. Most of it was even quite boring and it dragged on and on...and the writers opinion of heaven is a VERY bland one. I hope the movie proves to be better than this.
Date published: 2010-04-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fantastic but... Great book, great story, page turner from the start. I may have declared this the one of the best books I've ever read had it not been for the ending.
Date published: 2010-03-07
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Hard to get into. This was a book with good potential but failed in it's delivery. Althought alice is a good writer it fails to capture my attention. With a great opening chapter it starts to fade as I continue to read. I found that it was just a downward slope as it went to the end, it took a lot just to finish the book and a reader should not have to force himself to finish.
Date published: 2010-02-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a page turner!!! Where to begin?? This is an excellent read for those seeking a thriller, adventure and for an escape. The story starts off with the main character Susie Salmon, she's 14 and has been murdered. The story is narrated by her and tells the story of how she was murdered as well as how she was able to leave a clue for her father to find out her killer. She looks down on her old life through "her heaven" as she calls it and is able to see how her family and friends cope with her loss as well as move on from her death. I believe this book is not suitable for children under the age of 10 for some of the content it speaks about. I read the book. I saw the movie. They are different, I recommend reading the book first obviously! The book is better and goes into more detail and more background on Susie. WARNING: You will find it hard to put this book down, allow yourself time to read in one sitting...bring tissues! 2Thumbs Up!
Date published: 2010-02-19

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In the hands of a brilliant new novelist, and through the eyes of her winning young heroine, this story of seemingly unbearable tragedy is transformed into a suspenseful, touching, even funny novel about family, memory, love, heaven, and living.