The Lovely Bones

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The Lovely Bones, written by Alice Sebold, is originally published in hardcover by Little, Brown and Company in USA in 2002. Its paperback version is published by Back Bay Books in New York, USA in 2004. It is a murder fiction that talks about life.

The story was set in Norristown, Pennsylvania, from 1973 to 1981. It was full with sadness, bittersweet but finally, happiness. It began with the narration by a dead, 14-year-old girl, Susie Salmon. She was raped and murdered by her neighbor, Mr. Harvey, on a dark and snowy day when she was going back home through a shortcut in a cornfield after school. After she was dead, she went into the heaven to watch the lives of her family and friends and how the killer covered his tracks. Later, her elbow was found in the cornfield which proved she was murdered. Due to his careful observation, Susie’s father suspected Mr. Harvey was the killer, but there was not enough evidence so that the police couldn’t do anything about it. After a period of time, the police decided to drop the investigation. Susie’s mother, Abigail, couldn’t face the death of her daughter so she chose to leave the family. To forget the grief, she had an affair with Len, who was the police officer that investigated Susie’s case. One day, Lindsey, Susie’s sister, broke into Mr. Harvey’s house and found a drawing of the cornfield. Mr. Harvey returned home and realized his secret was exposed so he left the town. More evidence that proved Mr. Harvey was the killer was found and the police found out he was a serial killer. After years, Lindsey got engaged with her boyfriend, Samuel, while on the same day, Susie entered her classmate, Ruth’s body and had sex with Ray, which was her dream. After fulfilling her dream, she moved into a more beautiful heaven that belonged to her forever. In the end, the family has stepped away from the grief; Jack and Abigail resolved their marriage and Susie could face her eternity. The main conflict in the story is person vs....
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