The Lovely Bones

By: Alice Sebold


The main character in this book is Susie Salmon she was fourteen when she was murdered. The man responsible for her death is Mr. Harvey her neighbor. On her way home from school on December 6, 1973 she was startled by Mr. Harvey in the cornfield. Harvey had coxed Susie down into a hole that he had created. She was amazed at his craftsmanship that she wasn't even scared. Once she was where he wanted her he violently raped her and killed her. She tried fighting back and screaming but he shoved the hat that her mother made her in her mouth so no one could hear her. After the murder was committed Mr. Harvey filled in the hole and dragged her body off in a bag. He put her body in a bag and into a safe. The next morning it rained so it was really difficult for the police to track the killer. The only evidence that they could find was her elbow that her neighbors dog found. Susie's spirit was sent to heaven. She would call it her heaven because she was the one that created every aspect of it. She wanted to live in her own town so that's where she lived in heaven. She was able to watch over her family from heaven and actually tried to communicate with them through another girl that might have seen evidence of Harvey being her killer. Her attempt failed and all she wants is to be with her family again.


This book was exciting and thrilling for the first 50 pages. The first couple chapters were about the murder and how it was committed. After that it just went down hill. It was a difficult book to read because it didn't keep my attention very well. I wouldn't want to read this book again.

Favorite Passage

"Now I am in the place I call this wide wide Heaven because it includes all my simplest desires but also the most humble and grand. The word my grandfather uses is comfort.

So there are cakes and pillows and colors galore, but underneath this more obvious patchwork quilt are places like a quiet room where you can go and hold someone's hand and not have to say anything. Give no story. Make no claim. Where you can live at the edge of your skin for as long as you wish. ”

I like this passage because it describes very well how her heaven is to give you more of an understanding of how her life is now.


Susie Salmon- 14 year old girl that was murdered. She is the main character.

George Harvey- 36 year old male neighbor that murdered Susie. He is a main character.

Jack Salmon- Susie's dad

Abigail Salmon- Susie's mom

Lindsey Salmon- Susie's sister

Clarissa- Susie's best friend when she was alive.

Franny- Susie's guide in heaven.

Work Cited

"The Lovely Bones. A Memorable Story That Will Never Cease to Amaze." Web. 11 Nov. 2013.

"The Lovely Bones Quotes." By Alice Sebold. Web. 11 Nov. 2013.

Sebold, Alice. The Lovely Bones: A Novel. Boston: Little, Brown, 2002. Print.