The Lovely Bones
by Alice Sebold

Little, Brown and Company, 2002. ISBN 0316666343.
Reviewed by Peggy Talley
Posted on 11/07/2005

Fiction: Literary; Fiction: Mystery

I had not intended to read this book, even though I knew it has been on the bestseller lists for years. I knew it was about a young girl who had been murdered, and I try to stay away from anything depressing and morbid. When you get to be seventy-three, you don't get through many days without having to live through "depressing and morbid" without choosing to inflict it upon yourself.

Then a friend told me I HAD to read the book. She's known me a long time and knows I love good books. She even went out of her way to get the book and bring it to my house. So I picked it up.

After meeting Susie Salmon, the main character and narrator, in the first paragraph on the first page and learning that she was telling this story from "her heaven," there was no way I was going to put the book down until she had answered a few questions I already had formed.

This is a book quite unlike any book I have ever read, completely unique in the way it is written. Alice Sebold held out to me a new concept in writing. I feel it would benefit anyone wanting to become a writer or to improve their writing skills to read and study her method. Besides, it is one of the best books I've read this summer.

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