This beautiful story is about fourteen-year-old Susie Salmon who is brutally raped and murdered by her serial killer neighbor, George Harvey. Her body is chopped up into little pieces, put into a safe and dropped into a deep sinkhole in town.
Susie narrates the story, first on earth and then in her heaven. She watches her family and friends fall apart over her death and how each copes – or doesn’t. Able to travel between heaven and earth, Susie comes to accept her situation with the help of some new friends.
Susie sees her parents drift further apart, each dealing with the unspeakable situation in a destructive way. Her sister, Lindsey, focuses on becoming the family geek and her baby brother, Buckley, withdraws into his fort in the yard. The one boy she ever got to kiss dreams of her and even in heaven, Susie dreams of what might have been. An acquaintance, Ruth, feels a strange connection to Susie after her death and knows she is near.
Susie watches her killer hide his tracks and her father follow his suspicions of their neighbor. Friends all handle her death in a different way.
The story is tragic but full of hope at the same time. I can’t wait to see the movie.