It is no wonder this was the best selling book in the year of its orininal publication, 2002. It takes a special author to choke me up and bring tears to my eyes, but Alice Sebold did it in this one many times over. A marvelous and unforgettable read!
If I could remember who recommended this book to me, I'd still be mad at them. While it's raw, honest fiction, it was one of the most disturbing books I've ever read. I read a lot of crime fiction so it wasn't the violence that got to me. Maybe because I have a young daughter it unnerved me, but it is something I wish I hadn't exposed myself to.
While the story kept my interest, i can see why some would find it disturbing. While there is only one graphic sexually violent scene in the beginning of the book (one can see it coming - i skipped over it to the next chapter with little plot consequence)if the reader has a child it would hit close to home. I enjoyed the style of writing and the perspective (written in the 1st person of the deceased child) but this book isn't for everyone. Good story, intense, emotional, even funny at times, but can be a bit disturbing, especially for those readers with children.
A WELL WRITTING FOR ALICE SEBOLD, STORY ABOUT THE GIRL WHO LOOKING DOWN FROM HEAVEN, TO SEE HER FAMILY AND FRIENDS AFTER SHE HAVE BEEN MURDERED. ALTHOUGH, I DON,T KNOW WHY THE AUTHOR WANT THE KILLER END HIS LIFE LIKE THAT...I USED TO LIKE JUSTICE HAVE BEEN SERVE AT THE END OF THE STORY....BUT IN THIS CASE, THE LIFE OF SALMON FAMILY GOT TO MOVE ON...
While the book itself was good I found the plot disappointing. I had heard that the story was about a dead girl leading her father to her murderer but very little of the book focused on actually finding him.