The Lovely Bones by Alice SeboldOn December 6th, 1973 Susie Salmon is sexually attacked and murdered. However, as her spirit leaves this world it leaves a presents that cannot be shattered. On her way to heaven she touches a classmate Ruth Connors and sees her family, friends, and potential love Ray Singh.
As the story is split into two settings, Susie's personal heaven and the life she left, the reader is given an in depth look into a life after; life and death. The story progresses to assist Susie into her transition throughout heaven and shows her family members struggle to solve her murder and make peace with her death.
As the police seem to get closer and closer, Susie in heaven gets more frustrated as she witnesses her murderer living out his life quietly without suspect. She also is tormented by watching her father, who has taken her murder harder than other members of her family, fall to pieces.
In the end her killer gets his comeuppance as an icicle falls, killing him, just as he is about to attack another girl.