For the month of October we will be discussing The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold. This chilling and tragic tale is told from the perspective of a teenage girl, named Susie Salmon, after she is murdered. After her death, Susie watches and narrates the turmoil that her family and friends go through following her murder. The reader is also given a unique and frightening glimpse into the events that led to Susie's murder and the identity of the murderer, while her family continues to try uncover what really happened to her. With all this tragedy, Sebold also incorporates moments of humor and the peace Susie finds while she learns to accept her fate.
- Why didn't more people suspect Susie's murderer and do you think that the time period (early 1970's) could have been a factor in his ability to get away with what he did for so many years?
- Did the story end the way you expected it would? Is there anything you would change about it if you could?