This seemed to be a book of two parts to me, the first detailing her disappearance and secondly how her family came to terms with it. I very much enjoyed the 'supernatural' element of her experience and contribution but found it quite chilling in the way that all sorts of behaviour could be going on around us and us not know about it.
It was a great mix however and I would like to see more books use that format.
-- 30 Sep 2011, 15:45 --
[quote="Snoots"]I thought this work could have been written by a teenager of Susie's age. Susie's omniscient power and heavenly viewpoint was tedious and simplistic. Sebold succeeded in drawing the parallel time paths of the monster Harvey with Susie's heavenly innocence which created suspense, but that suspense was lost in the author's inability to develop the characters beyond a patchwork of disconnected events. Though I read flashes of good writing, I thought Sebold suffered a form of writer's insecurity in failing to develop and resolve the story of her characters; with the exception of sister Lindsey, I thought all major characters were fated to join Susie in a nebulous writer's netherland.[/quote]
Well said. I thought the opening was by far the strongest part of the book and possibly she failed to capitalise on initial early development. Her father frustrated me more in that he didn't seem persistent enough to pursue the matter of his daughters death as I feel I would.