The Lovely Bones

“Sometimes the dreams that come true are the dreams you never even knew you had.”

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The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. The story of a gruesome murder and a family’s need for peace and closure. This may sound unsettling but I somehow found this book to be quite calming at times. The book is written from Susie’s vantage point, which gives a rather unique perspective to the story.

The story is set in the 1970’s and begins with the murder of Susie Salmon, a teenage girl, then follows her to heaven. “Heaven is comfort, but it’s still not living.” Susie can’t break away from her family. She spends her days in heaven watching over her loved ones as they struggle to cope with a life that she is no longer a part of. This story really does play with a readers emotions. I kept finding myself smiling and celebrating along with Susie, and other times, Crying with her. This book was definitely a page turner for me. I couldn’t put the thing down.

I remember seeing the film ‘The Lovely Bones’ in the cinema back in 2009. I loved the story back then, but it’s nothing compared to the book. I decided to watch the film again straight after I had finished reading it. Disappointment.. The film is now a bore and a blunder. The book is far greater in comparison.

A character that has stuck with me since reading this book is the father, Jack Salmon. He is probably one of the most loving fathers in history. He never failed to stir my emotions and never wanted to give up on Susie. Another character which lingers in my mind is Ruth Connors, a quiet, misunderstood girl who accidentally touches Susie soul as she is leaving earth.

I don’t want to give too much away so I hope that you will pick this book up if you get the chance. I will definitely read this again in a couple of years. I Hope you enjoyed my tiny review.

“You look invincible,’ my mother said one night.
I loved these times, when we seemed to feel the same thing. I turned to her, wrapped in my thin gown, and said:
I am.”

5/5 Stars (I really liked this book!).

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The Night Book

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I will remember this book for quite a while. ‘The Night Book’ by Richard Madeley is a story set in the Lake District back in the 1970’s, where beneath the depths of the lake waits danger and death. Murder, lies and love. All the ingredients for a disaster. I don’t want to give away too much information as when I first started reading it I really had no idea what it was about but that worked out better for me as I don’t think I would have enjoyed it as much if I had. I was pleasantly surprised. I also guessed completely wrong about the genre of this book. I suppose you could say it was crime/romance, I don’t usually pick up books that include this sort of story line but in the end I couldn’t put the thing down. I really would recommend this book if you want a simple, easy read which keeps you gripped till the end.

The only thing I didn’t like about this book is that the font was printed a bit large but to be honest that is a silly point so feel free to ignore that.

3/5

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