THE LOVELY BONES
By: Alice Sebold
Publication Date: September 1, 2006
The details of the crime are laid out in the first few pages: from her vantage point in heaven, Susie Salmon describes how she was confronted by the murderer one December afternoon on her way home from school. Lured into an underground hiding place, she was raped and killed. But what the reader knows, her family does not. Anxiously, we keep vigil with Susie, aching for her grieving family, desperate for the killer to be found and punished.
Sebold creates a heaven that’s calm and comforting, a place whose residents can have whatever they enjoyed when they were alive — and then some. But Susie isn’t ready to release her hold on life just yet, and she intensely watches her family and friends as they struggle to cope with a reality in which she is no longer a part. To her great credit, Sebold has shaped one of the most loving and sympathetic fathers in contemporary literature.
Alice Sebold is an American writer. She has published three books: Lucky (1999), The Lovely Bones (2002), and The Almost Moon (2007).
RAMPANT (KILLER UNICORNS #1)
By: Diana Peterfreund
Publication Date: September 1, 2009
You had me at Killer Unicorns….I’m not kidding. I have loved everything I have read by Diana Peterfreund (to date) and when I saw this series it was immediately added to my TBR list. When I saw them on Book Outlet I snatched them up and I’m excited to dive in!