The Lovely Bones – Alice Sebold

The Lovely Bones has become popular for a second time as the film for it has recently been released. This led to it being the first book group read, and was generally considered a good start for that purpose.

The opening chapter of the book is quite graphic, and at first this is a little off-putting, but the story then develops into how the family cope with the death of the narrator, and how the narrator herself copes with how she was murdered. I found some of the characters a little too simplistic at times, however the narration is all from the perspective of a thirteen year old girl, so it is possible that this is just a reflection of how she views the world. The end of the book is also a little weak and I didn’t find it a very satisfying finish

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