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5.) Jack Salmon envies a boy he has never met - Ray Singh - because
the boy had done what he wishes he had done: tell Susie he loved her.
6.) Ruana Singh is beautiful and sophisticated, but she tells Jack Salmon
that if she were in his place, she would kill Mr. Harvey when the time
was right. This is so opposite to the appearance she presents that it
7.) It’s ironic that Susie still believes rescue is possible, but she
was unable to rescue herself.
8.) Susie is in Heaven, but is still unhappy and feels alone.
9.) Susie’s first sexual experience was so horrific while Lindsey’s
is so loving.
10.) It is ironic that Jack goes into the field to kill who he thinks
is Mr. Harvey, but is attacked himself.
11.) It is Lindsey, the child, singing a song of comfort to her father,
rather than the other way around.
12.) Mr. Harvey leaves his house to stalk other children and this is
when Lindsey is able to enter that house to get evidence which might convict
13.) Susie’s mother tells her one summer night that she looks invincible,
but later Susie is murdered.
14.) Samuel and Lindsey are looking for shelter from a storm and find
the house of their dreams.
15.) Jack comes to the same realization that Susie did when she saw
the mysterious face of mother and took her picture: her mother was unhappy
in her marriage and Jack didn’t see it when his children did.
16.) Ruth is fascinated with places like the sinkhole and feels the
need to see it one more time with Ray before it is filled in. This is
Susie’s burial place even though they don’t know it.
17.) Just when she is warring within herself over her desire for her
father to die, Susie meets her long-dead grandfather and finds the comfort
she needs to move away from that thought.
18.) Buckley’s seeds - symbols of rebirth and a new beginning - trigger
a heart attack that may actually mean death for Jack.
19.) Susie had been afraid, as a little girl, that the sinkhole would
swallow her and then it really did when Mr. Harvey buried her there in
the iron safe.
20.) It’s ironic that Susie’s charm bracelet is finally found when it’s
no longer needed, not even by her.
21.) Mr. Harvey’s death comes about because of the best murder weapon in Susie’s mind: the icicle, which she hoped Samuel and Lindsey would use for The Perfect Murder project.
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