The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The first time I saw this book, it did not appeal me. Very uninteresting, I say. But my cousin, Dani, bought a copy of it last summer. Still, I never planned to read it, to take a peek even.
I read it for the reason that it is having a motion picture and according to my friend, Tin, who was reading the book that time, that the book is great, she cannot put it down, etc… Then she told me the story. Well, for the truth, it really stirred me to read it so I decided to read it! And also because Kwesi and I will be having a book discussion.
The story goes… It is about this fourteen-year old Suzanne (Susie) Salmon who live with her parents (Abigail and Jack), Lindsey and Buckley. What’s interesting? Susie is killed. Murdered. Raped. And what’s more? She is chopped into pieces and her body parts are placed in a big metal case and thrown into a pit of mud and never found. Nobody knew that Susie is killed until neighbor’s dog saw and bought her… ELBOW. Freaky, I say. What your reaction would be if your sister or daughter’s elbow is found and the rest of the body is missing? Family members were broke, depressed and obsessed on finding who her murderer is. Every police in town search every corner of the town and found only her jingle-bell hat, notebook, love note from Ray Singh and a Coca-Cola bottle. That’s all. These things doesn’t lead to where or who the murderer is. People don’t know but only Jack Salmon sensed who the murderer is. Who might be? Father’s instinct do not fail because Jack Salmon is right. Mr. Harvey killed his very precious daughter, Susie. He is the weird, quiet man who live in the neighborhood who every person in town wouldn’t accuse or even connect this man with the murder! So the people as well as the police thinks that Jack Salmon is insane, depressed and obsessed to connect Mr. Harvey.
Susie Salmon is helpless in her heaven. She can’t even help the people on Earth to find the right way to solve the case. She is just watching and after 8 years, that’s the time they realized that Mr. Harvey really killed Susie but unfortunately, he got away, still doing pedophile murders whenever his arousal made him to.
Just a tragedy.
My mark here is that the flow of the story is sort-of boring because Susie is doing nothing but to watch whatever movements people on Earth do. But the overall concept of the story is good and unique. Just in relation to Alice Sebold’s life, she is raped (I don’t know who) but thank God that she is not killed.