Fran wrote:I thought the book was excellent but the movie left me cold. What on earth were they at sticking Tellytubby land into the middle of it .... it made it into nonsense in my view. But I must admit Mr Harvey was one scary guy.
I am very much with you on this one. The movie was a letdown, despite Stanley Tucci's incredible performance (I love him in pretty much every movie, but after seeing The Lovely Bones I am a little creeped out by him, I have to admit)
The book however was a different story. I read it just before the movie came out, and did the classic book-movie comparison (has the movie ever won in these?); I really enjoyed most of the characters in the book, they were developing literally through the last pages and I thought the author did an amazing job of making them real and not one-dimensional. I agree that the sister was probably my favorite character too-- she was so interesting to follow, to see how she grows up from a little girl with braces to a young woman.
Probably the one thing I didn't like as much was how much the book dragged after the murderer's escape-- it almost felt like an entirely different book, somehow disconnected, with different characters even.
The ending was half satisfying, half completely not so. It felt too convenient for Susie to get her wish to be with her teen-crush. At the same time however, I liked how Sebold did not allow for Mr. Harvey to be caught, she had him die at Susie's hand - at least this was my interpretation of it, did anyone else think this is what happened? It felt like a more justified ending than it would have been otherwise, if they had caught him and then had to go through a trial, details of the murder, etc., which would have made the healing process for the Salmon family much, much harder.