Fourteen year old Susie Salmon was murdered on one cold afternoon in 1973. Now watching over her family from her heaven Susie watches her family first struggle with her disappearance then eventually dealing with the fact that she was murdered. She sees the way her death affects her friends, her killer and her family all the while struggling to make herself appear to them and even succeeds at times. From her death to ten years later Susie narrates it all in the haunting voice of a young girl on the verge of becoming a woman.
The major motion picture version of The Lovely Bones, directed by Peter Jackson and starring Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Mark Wahlberg, Stanley Tucci, and Saoirse Ronan is scheduled for release on December 11, 2009 and I can’t wait. This was an amazing story yet I can’t seem to be able to picture how everything will play out on the big screen. It’ll be interesting to see how everything is done.
This is definitely different from anything I’ve read this year and I highly recommend it for anyone who loves contemporary fiction.