Study Guide

The Lovely Bones Characters

By Alice Sebold

Susie Salmon

Susie is the hero and the starring ghost of The Lovely Bones. She's only fourteen when she's...

Mr. Harvey

Mr. Harvey is a sexual predator, a rapist, a serial killer. He's the 36-year-old neighbor who...

Jack Salmon

Jack, Susie's dad, is the frustrated hero of the piece. He's the loving father who knows the...

Abigail Salmon

Abigail is Susie's mom and a complicated woman. Her love for Susie is apparent in her intimate...

Lindsey Salmon

Lindsey, Susie's little sister, is thirteen when Susie dies. She is the living hero of the story...

Buckley Salmon

Buckley is Susie's little brother, the youngest Salmon child. He's about four when Susie is...

Detective Len Fenerman

Fenerman (in the movie played by Michael Imperioli of Sopranos fame) is the detective in charge...

Ruth Connor

Ruth is Susie's age, fourteen, when Susie dies. She and Susie had recently become friends,...

Ray Singh

Ray Singh is Susie's first crush, first kiss, and first love. He and Susie were just getting to...

Samuel Heckler

Samuel is Lindsey's boyfriend. About the time Susie leaves her life, Samuel enters it, bearing...

Grandma Lynn

Lynn is Abigail Salmon's mom. She's a hard drinking, hard flirting, fashion conscious lady who...

Abigail Suzanne

Abigail Suzanne is Lindsey and Samuel's baby, who we see for just a moment at the end of the...

Hal Heckler

Hal is Samuel's older brother. He rides a motorcycle and has a motorcycle repair shop across from...

Mrs. Ruana Singh

Ruana is Ray's mom. She's a supportive figure, who eventually becomes friends with Jack and...

Clarissa

Clarissa is Susie's close friend when she's alive. But, Clarissa can't hold up to the demands of...

Brian Nelson

Brian is Clarissa's boyfriend. He beats Jack in the knee with a baseball bat when Jack almost...

Holly

Holly is Susie's roommate in her first heaven, but we don't get her back-story. Since she's in...

Franny

Franny is Susie's "intake counselor" in the first heaven. As with Susie, her profession in life,...

Granddad

Granddad seems to be Jack's dad. Susie meets him in heaven and later goes to live with him in...

Sophie Cichetti

Sophie was a 49-year-old woman who rented Mr. Harvey a room and had sex with him consensually in...

Ralph Cichetti

Ralph is Sophie's son. He's a Hell's Angel, who knows Hal Heckler through Hal's bike shop....

Leida Johnson

Leida was six when Mr. Harvey murdered her in 1960. She's his youngest victim.

Flora Hernandez

Flora was eight years old when she was raped and murdered by Harvey in 1963.

Jackie Meyer

Jackie was thirteen when Mr. Harvey raped and murdered her in 1967.

Leah Fox

Leah was twelve when Mr. Harvey raped and murdered her in 1969. When Len Fenerman asks Mr. Harvey...

Wendy Richter

Wendy was thirteen when Mr. Harvey raped and murdered her in 1971.

Unnamed Waitress

We are told that Mr. Harvey raped and murdered a waitress sometime after he murdered Susie.

Teenage Girl

At the end of the novel, we are shown a teenage girl who is almost Mr. Harvey's next victim. She...

Clair

Clair is a New Jersey girl Mr. Harvey managed to entice into his van. Luckily, she got away...

Holiday

Holiday is the Salmon family's beloved pooch. When he dies, he goes to Susie's heaven.

Nate

Nate is Buckley's friend. Buckley stays at Nate's house when Susie is initially missing. Nate is...

Mr. Connor

Mr. Connor is Ruth's dad. Although not a major figure, he contributes to the building motif. Near...

Mr. Peterford and Miss Ryan

These are teachers at Susie's junior high. They give Ruth a hard time because she draws...

Mrs. Dewitt

Mrs. Dewitt is Susie, Ray, and Ruth's English teacher.

Mr. Dewitt

Mr. Dewitt coaches the boys' soccer team, which Lindsey is allowed to try out for.

Mr. Botte

Mr. Botte is Susie's biology teacher, her favorite teacher. About eighteen months after Susie...

Mrs. Stead

Mrs. Stead is a therapist at Susie's school. She tells Len Fenerman that Susie was reading...

Principle Caden

Principal Caden is the principal at Susie's school. He tries but fails to comfort Lindsey after...

Mrs. Koekle

Mrs. Koekle is Buckley's kindergarten teacher, on whom he has a crush.

The Utemeyers

Bethel Utemeyer is the oldest inhabitant of Susie's heaven. Susie had attended her funeral....

Reverend Strick

The reverend that presides over Susie's funeral.

Artie

Artie is the son of a mortician. He's known for chasing people with imaginary syringes filled...

Joe Ellis

Joe Ellis is at first the scapegoat for Mr. Harvey's crimes against neighborhood pets. He never...

Grace Tarking

Grace is Susie's neighbor, a girl around her age. She is Susie's first photography subject, when...