I started reading The Lovely Bones for class and thought I’d share my reaction with you. Trigger warning: this book contains themes some may find disturbing and/or triggering.
I had previously watched the movie in Iceland and found it to be harrowing. Beautifully done, and impeccably casted, but a really disturbing watch – definitely not something to watch alone.
The book is about Susie Salmon, a 14-year-old girl who is brutally raped and murdered. It’s not quite a murder mystery, as we know who the murderer is – Susie’s family however, do not.
We go on a journey with Susie as she watches her family and friends attempt to cope with her loss from her heaven. We also learn more about her death and that her killer has killed before.
This book is very spiritual, it explores the strengths of familial ties, the heartache assosicated with losing a child, and the hardships that come with this. It is also about Susie’s longing for life and how she eventually, like her family, moves on.
While the ending isn’t totally resolved (the family never find her body), there is a sort of satisfaction and peace in the ending we are given.
Obviously the whole concept of Susie watching from the beyond plays with the supernatural and there are several parts of the book that also play with this theme. Most notably Ruth, and Susie’s connection to her, and Susie and Ray’s bittersweet connection via Ruth.
This book is definitely an emotional one, it is also thought provoking and bittersweet. I would definitely recommend it, however I would not say this is for younger readers due to the seriousness of the content,
It was brilliantly written and not one bit of it was dull, no filler. Have you read this book? What did you think? Let me know in the comments.