More than 2 million copies sold by Picador, more than 8 million around the world - now a film by Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings, Heavenly Creatures)
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.
This is Susie Salmon. Watching from heaven, Susie sees her happy suburban family devastated by her death, isolated even from one another as they each try to cope with their terrible loss alone. Over the years, her friends and siblings grow up, fall in love, do all the things she never had the chance to do herself. But life is not quite finished with Susie yet . . .
"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)
‘This is a wonderful book, served well by a beautiful narration. It has pathos, drama and subtlety. It comes with a warning, however, it might not be a good idea to listen to it while driving as that becomes a dangerous exercise when tears are streaming down your cheeks.’ (Material Witness.com)
‘It’s an astonishingly real and poignant portrayal of a broken family, and Alyssa Bresnahan’s narration is remarkable for its sensitivity.’ (The Observer.)
‘Aside from its compulsive plot, exhaustive exploration of grief and avowed rejection of the false resolution offered by most murder mysteries, Sebold’s novel is a great read because the voice of its teenage narrator is so completely convincing. And in American Alyssa Bresnahan’s soft, slightly wry reading, you get the full intimacy of that voice. The murder, too, becomes more shockingly invasive in this format.’ (Time Out)
The Lovely Bones Audio book was also reviewed on (Open Book Radio 4.) It was described as having ‘a lot of attitude…a wonderful concept…chilling… and simply fabulous.’
‘Impressive for its careful telling.’ (Sunday Times Culture)
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An unusual and moving book