on September 1, 2006
"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.
More book reviews you are thinking?!, well why yes! This is actually the book that I started and never finished during the Creating & Co TBR throwdown, a bit back. You can read more about the TBR Throwdown books that I actually finished during that week.
Well in case you missed the title of this post, this is going to be a review on The Lovely Bones by Alice Seabold and will also include a mini review on the movie at the end. This is actually a book that I have had on my bookshelf for a while. Thankfully, I was able to buy it at a used bookstore so I didn’t have to pay full price. I had bought the book when I found out the movie was coming out and it has often been a habit of mine to read the book right around the time I see the movie, so I can give it a good comparison. Sadly enough, I didn’t manage to do either until recently. I will tell you that I tried to start this book several years ago and honestly it is a bit of a slow start and it will take you a good 100 or more pages to really get into this book.
I can’t spoil the whole book for you because otherwise there would really be no point in you reading it now would there. There are a few twists and turns in the book that are abbreviated in the movie, but it still makes the book worth reading.
Here’s the mini review of the movie: The movie while obviously you can’t include everything from the book, shows Susie’s body hanging around longer at George Harvey’s house, in the book he disposes of it within the week and also dumps her bracelet pulling off the Pennsylvania charm to keep for himself for a while. In the movie it also shows Lindsey, Susie’s sister, figuring out that George Harvey is a killer much sooner and that includes George Harvey leaving town. As you can tell most of the differences from the book and movie mainly have to do with how fast they happen.
I would recommend that you give the book a read or watch the movie, but I’ll warn you that the book is slightly more graphic than the movie about the rape and the killing of the other girls. If you have read this book or seen the movie feel free to let me know what you thought about it. I’ve got so many more reviews coming for you. If you follow me anywhere on social media and see something that I talk about there that I haven’t talked about here feel free to let me know.
I’ll see you soon!