Thursday, March 4, 2010

The Lovely Bones (Review)

Hearing the hype from the movie, I decided to read The Lovely Bones before watching the movie. WARNING: If you are planning on reading this book, I recommend you not reading this unless you enjoy spoiled endings! It was a wonderfully written book. The vocabulary didn't exactly match a 14 year old girl, but I'm not complaining. I am relieved that the description of Susie's rape and murder was displayed through delicate words, enabling a not so vivid mental picture. The novel revealed the frustration and the vain hope of an unsolved murder. Buckley, the youngest son, was told for months that his oldest sister was sleeping over at a friend's house. Day after day their family waited for her to come home, until the thought of murder sank in. I am sympathetic towards Lindsey, always hiding from her reflection. Everyone, including her father, only saw Susie when they looked through Lindsey's eyes. Lindsey remained the strongest character in the Salmon family. She alone broke into George Harvy's house and found Susie's crime scene- the man made hole in the cornfield. Her father had suggested, thought, and even interrogated George Harvy but Lindsey followed through. Jack does deserve credit for being as strong as possible for Lindsey and Buckley, remaining their anchor when his wife, Abigail, leaves. I had assumed that justice would prevail early in the book, but I was mistaken. Harvey's actions catch up to him later, resulting in his lonely death by a falling icicle.

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