A story of a child murder and rape narrated by the victim, Susie Salmon, a 14 year old girl, from her heaven. What a great book. Alice Seibold's writing got me hooked within the first pages.I love the way the author describes such an horrifying story without being overwrought. A coming of age story of one's journey through life and death. Heartbreaking and touching story about family bonds, memory, and love.