The Lovely Bones

The Lovely Bones

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The internationally bestselling novel that inspired the acclaimed film directed by Peter Jackson.

My name was Salmon, like the fish; first name, Susie. I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973.

In heaven, Susie Salmon can have whatever she wishes for - except what she most wants, which is to be back with the people she loved on earth. In the wake of her murder, Susie watches as her happy suburban family is torn apart by grief; as her friends grow up, fall in love, and do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But as Susie will come to realize, even in death, life is not quite out of reach . . .

A luminous, astonishing novel about life and death, memory and forgetting, and finding light in the darkest places, Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones became an instant classic when it was first published in 2002. It inspired the film starring Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon and Saoirse Ronan.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 336 pages
  • 130 x 196 x 19mm | 240g
  • Picador
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Reprints
  • 0330485385
  • 9780330485388
  • 68,153

Review Text

Spare, beautiful and brutal prose . . . The Lovely Bones is compulsive enough to read in a single sitting, brilliantly intelligent, elegantly constructed and ultimately intriguing. The Times
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Review quote

'My name was Salmon, like the fish, first name, Susie I was fourteen when I was murdered on December 6, 1973. My murderer was a man from our neighborhood. My mother liked his border flowers, and my father talked to him once about fertilizer.'
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About Alice Sebold

Alice Sebold is the author of the bestselling novels The Lovely Bones and The Almost Moon, and the memoir Lucky. She lives in California.
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Rating details

2,190,467 ratings
3.84 out of 5 stars
5 31% (686,037)
4 35% (766,752)
3 23% (503,927)
2 7% (158,131)
1 3% (75,620)

Our customer reviews

At the age of fourteen, Susie Salmon was raped and murdered by a man from her neighbourhood. Observing the world from her own heaven - which has its own playground, friendly companion and counsellor - she watches her family and friends cope with her untimely death whilst coming to terms with it herself. Over the years, she watches her parents fall apart, siblings grow up, fall in love, and doing all the things she did not have the chance to do. It's a bitter sweet tale about life, death, memories and the realisation that life should be lived to its very fullest. "The Lovely Bones" is a gripping and original tale about the dead and their memories in the living. Sebold's writing is charming and graceful, giving hope to a terrible tragedy. Having said that, I did find the book to be slow in some part and even boring - if I dare say (I know a lot of people love this book, ha). A recommended novel to all - perhaps not more
by Tran Nguyen
I started reading this after a friend recommended it to me and now I'm glad they did. At first I found it quite hard to 'get into' this book , especially the section involving the murder as it was quite descriptive.However despite initial problems I'm glad I continued reading as the book was well written - especially in the way Sebold showed the way Susie's family and Susie came to terms with her murder.Apart from a few things such as the 'possession' at the end the bookshow more
by L Porter
I loved this book - right up to a couple of chapters before the end. Until then I found it incredibly believable, empathetic and above all human. The way it addressed how each member of the family dealt with loss in their own way was so honest and touching. However, an incident towards the end of the book, and the ultimate justice served, I felt, let the rest of the book down. The standard of the writing was just as good and in any other context I'd have no problem with the scenarios involved but the characters were so real up to that point, the twist in the storyline wasn't needed and removed the believability. Despite that, still one of the best books I've read more
by Lorna Roberts
I know this novel but I haven't read it yet. I came to know a brief summary of it when a nun told us (as a group) about it. She was reading it that time and I find it interesting. Perhaps, Sarah Palin will agree with me that based from the reviews, this is a well-written more
by Fiona
"I would never normally read this type of book, but as I had had a foot op, my friend recommended it and due to sheer boredom gave it a go. I am so glad I did! Gripping story, although the description of the murder did only get a light skim over as it was very indepth. I cried so much, but loved it even more! Well worth a read."show more
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