The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold
In BriefA fourteen year old girl is raped and murdered on her way home from school. Susie Salmon tells her story from an 'in between state', a limbo that is not quite earth or heaven. She recounts the aftermath of her own death and its impact on the lives of her family, friends and killer, exploring both the paranormal world and the human condition.
Why you should read itThe Lovely Bones deals with the grimmest of subjects: rape, murder, paedophilia, bereavement. Somehow, the result is a hauntingly beautiful, life-affirming and unforgettable novel. Never trite or unbelievable, despite the bleak themes and the journey into the supernatural world, this is a story which could not fail to move the stoniest of hearts.