‘The Lovely Bones’ by Alice Sebold

Regretfully, almost everyday, stories appear on the newspaper, stories about missing children, lost and sometimes never found.

Many thriller books have taken care of reinventing (or just describing) what happened to this children, usually making us play the part of the detective, gradually finding out the terrible destiny of the unfortunate child.

The main reason why I loved ‘The Lovely Bones’ is that she who tells the story is not the clever detective or the sheriff of some forgotten district, but she is no less than the child herself.

Alice Sebold turns this unusual ghost story in a fantastic tale of what happens to those who stay.

One cold day of December, Suzie Salmon disappears. No one knows what happened to her.

Only us, privileged reader, hear from her own words that she’s been raped and then murdered from no less than her neighbor, the seemingly harmless Mr Harvey.

However, we are privileged.

Her body will never be found, except an elbow, which makes the police sure that the case had turned from a missing child to a murder.

While the entire community cries the unfortunate date of the child, her family struggles to hold it together, amongst memories and old clothes, ghosts that seems to resurface ate a long time and new ghosts that find their way through the cracks of the Salmon family.

in time, the wind will heal and the broken bones will fix.

These are the lovely bones, those who remain and carry the scars, but are able to build new bone around the rupture and start again.

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Author: Lena's InkCage

I lived for 23 years in Italy, before giving my life a long-desired twist and leave University to fly to the UK, were I've been living ever since. I attended Creative Writing Courses, but I have also learned how to write poetry as well as screenwriting. At the moment, I am working as professional translator, English Teacher and Italian Tutor.

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