by Alice Sebold
Wow. Simple, creative, and very moving. 14-year-old Susie Salmon sits in Heaven, telling the story of her murder and watching the Earth below as her family, her friends, and her killer deal with the aftermath. It's not a mystery, exactly, but there's plenty of suspense and emotional tension. Grief can tear families apart and bring people closer at the same time. Susie's voice is unforgettable, full of compassion, but not quite ready to let go of her earthly desires. From her vantage point, she can see everything, but living people are unpredictable as ever.