“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”
The Lovely Bones has been on my ‘to read’ list for years, I first picked it up when I was around 14 but my mum stopped me as she knew it wasn’t suitable for youngsters. I’m so so so glad I’ve finally got round to reading it, it has literally haunted me ever since.
Set in the 70s and 80s the book follows the family and friends of murdered Susie Salmon through her eyes in heaven. I’ve never really believed in heaven or an afterlife, but if I ever do I think I will believe in one very similar to how Alice Sebold describes it. One where things you desired when living are replicated around you and where you stay watching over people until you are ready to leave.
Following both her murderer and those most affected by her death Susie narrates her way through 10 years, the journey her family takes to repair the damage done to those who she didn’t know much when living but who were affected in life changing ways by her death. One of my favourite characters was Ruth who was ‘touched’ by Susie on her way to heaven and goes on to see the stories of murdered women wherever she goes.
Touching, sad and joyful The Lovely Bones examines human relationships in a way which will stick with you for days afterwards, and in examining death through the eyes of the deceased gives hopefulness to the book I hadn’t experienced before.