Tuesday, 14 May 2013

Book Club - The Lovely Bones




“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. 

10 comments:

  1. I loved this book, I haven't yet been able to watch the movie, as I don't want to movie to ruin it? And I'm never in the mood to watch such a heavy topic. I should probably read this one again!
    Thanks for the review!

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  2. Hmm I never really liked this book, I read it quite quickly but wasn't keen overall. Didn't really like the film either! x

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  3. I was given this book by my mother-in-law to read. I read a few pages and have gotten hooked. Although i refuse to start reading it properly until i have finished my current one. Can't wait to read it.
    xx

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  4. I haven't read this book or seen the film. It looked too sad, but it sounds too powerful to pass up.

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  5. Such a good book. Have you read Lucky by Alice Sebold too? Recommend it!

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  6. I've wanted to read this for a long time too, I really should get round to it, it sounds sooo good xx

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  7. I loved this book! However, I wasn't really a fan of Ruth... I'm not sure why, but there was something about her that I just didn't take to. Lindsey, on the other hand, is pretty cool. xx

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  8. I read this book a few years ago now and loved it. I got in to it so quickly. I watched the film too but preferred the book x

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  9. I found this book so sad because of the dad...
    That's the main thing I remember about it. I don't think I'll feel the urge to watch the film though

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  10. I have only been able to read half of it cause the plot just really scares me, I'm a fraidy-cat.

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