The Lovely Bones by Alice Sebold
The novel has been written by Alice Sebold. It is an unusual posthumous account from the eyes of a girl who meets an unexpected and brutal fatality at the hands of a lecherous abuser. The film starts with the horrifying incident of Susie Salmon who enters a corn field to cut short her way from the school. Her sleazy neighbor tricks her into his underground space and does the often feared of all crimes: he kills her brutally after sexually assaulting the helpless child. He then dumps her body in rubble. Though she leaves for her heavenly abode, her soul can still see beneath and sense what is transpiring in her family. Her family is aggrieved by the tragic turn of events and both her friends and family come in close proximity to each other. What Susie now feels is the beauty of relationships in the times of tragedy, their act of comforting each other, their acceptance and their struggle for justice –all of which essays only one belief-that they loved her and would always stand by her in times of need. The beautiful truth shines through the clouds of sadness. Though she is no longer with them, she is definitely what connects them.