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The Lovely Bones

by Alice Sebold

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In The Lovely Bones, what did Mr. Harvey cut Susie's body up with? A straight razor? A knife?

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The torturous and murderous Mr. Harvey cuts up young Suzie's body with a knife. He dismembers her in order to hide her body. The rape and murder of Suzie is made all the more horrific by the dismembering of her body, as Harvey slices her body with a knife. He violates her in life thrugh rape and in death through the dismembering of her corpse, and this makes her murder even more particularly gruesome. Harvey mistakenly leaves her elbow behind, which is an immensely blatant mistake for a serial killer to make. Due to his carelessness, a neighborhood dog finds the poor girl's elbow, and this eventually leads to an intense and complicated investigation into Suzie's death. If Harvey had not cut up her body with the knife, it is possible her death would have remained a tragic mystery.

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