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* PosthumousCharacter: Susie, [[CaptainObvious obviously]], but also Holly and the other girls she meets in the In Between, who are [[spoiler: implied to be Harvey's previous victims]].

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* PosthumousCharacter: Susie, [[CaptainObvious obviously]], but also Holly and the other girls she meets in the In Between, who are [[spoiler: implied to be Harvey's previous victims]].



* SerialKiller: [[CaptainObvious Mr. Harvey]].

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* SerialKiller: [[CaptainObvious Mr. Harvey]].Harvey.


* OurSoulsAreDifferent : A soul possessing someone psychic is pretty common, the person whose body is being used getting to go up to Heaven in that moment, that's pretty much all Ruth.

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* OurSoulsAreDifferent : A soul possessing someone psychic is pretty common, the person whose body is being used getting to go up to Heaven in that moment, that's pretty much all Ruth. Susie even notes that Ruth is "breaking all the rules" by doing this.

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* ThePerfectCrime: One of the games played in heaven is "perfect murder", where the dead try to come up with exactly that. Susie always picks an icicle, because it melts after it's used to kill the victim. [[spoiler: Becomes {{foreshadowing}} to Mr. Harvey's own death]].


* AluminumChristmasTrees: For kids in more rural or suburban areas with some open areas the idea that kids regularly cut through a cornfield on their walks to and from school isn't an unusual choice. To more urban and developed readers this comes off as a WhatAnIdiot thing to do.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: For kids in more rural or suburban areas with some open areas areas, the idea that kids regularly cut through a cornfield on their walks to and from school isn't an unusual choice. To more urban and developed readers readers, this comes off as a WhatAnIdiot thing to do.



* BittersweetEnding: The story ends about 10-11 years after Susie's murder. By then [[spoiler: Susie, her family, and her first love have accepted her death and moved on. Her family has also reconciled, deepened their bonds with each other and grown stronger as individuals. Minus some photographs, Susie's remaining possessions are donated, and her loved ones leave her in their memories, where Susie believes she was meant to be. Susie graduates to "wide wide Heaven", and only looks down at the Earth and her family sporadically. Lindsey and Samuel are married and have a child. Lindsey is a therapist, Ray is a doctor, and Ruth is trying to show everyone that the dead talk to the living. However, the safe containing Susie's body remains undiscovered in its sinkhole, and with the city considering filling it in, there is a chance it never will be. This means that Susie's family and friends may never be able have a proper funeral or even know what befell her in that underground den. Though her murderer is killed after falling into a ravine (an outcome which might have been caused by Susie), preventing him from creating more victims, he also never is taken to court for his crimes and can no longer reveal where he buried his victims. Also, since it takes several weeks for his body to be found in the snowdrift and Susie ascends to "wide wide Heaven" a few pages later (thus ending the story), we never learn if his body was positively identified. Though the cold may help preserve the body, Susie's loved ones may never know that her murderer is dead, and thus believe that he is still out there creating new victims and escaping justice.]] In real life cases as these a fully wrapped up conclusion doesn't always happen. Bitter memories and new sweet ones will remain combined in the fallout. At the very at least in Susie's reality her family had found a way to live on and in the end should unstated be together again in the afterlife.

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* BittersweetEnding: The story ends about 10-11 years after Susie's murder. By then [[spoiler: Susie, her family, and her first love have accepted her death and moved on. Her family has also reconciled, deepened their bonds with each other and grown stronger as individuals. Minus some photographs, Susie's remaining possessions are donated, and her loved ones leave her in their memories, where Susie believes she was meant to be. Susie graduates to "wide wide Heaven", and only looks down at the Earth and her family sporadically. Lindsey and Samuel are married and have a child. Lindsey is a therapist, Ray is a doctor, and Ruth is trying to show everyone that the dead talk to the living. However, the safe containing Susie's body remains undiscovered in its sinkhole, and with the city considering filling it in, there is a chance it never will be. This means that Susie's family and friends may never be able have a proper funeral or even know what befell her in that underground den. Though her murderer is killed after falling into a ravine (an outcome which might have been caused by Susie), preventing him from creating more victims, he also never is taken to court for his crimes and can no longer reveal where he buried his victims. Also, since it takes several weeks for his body to be found in the snowdrift and Susie ascends to "wide wide Heaven" a few pages later (thus ending the story), we never learn if his body was positively identified. Though the cold may help preserve the body, Susie's loved ones may never know that her murderer is dead, and thus believe that he is still out there creating new victims and escaping justice.]] In real life cases such as these a fully wrapped up conclusion doesn't always happen. Bitter memories and new sweet ones will remain combined in the fallout. At the very at least in Susie's reality her family had found a way to live on and in the end should unstated be together again in the afterlife.



** Another justification can come from the setting, unpatrolled cornfields can vary in structure but it's quite easy for humans and other animals to be able to sneak around in them unnoticed. In later chapters while it's Clarissa's light and Jack's yelling that give them away, Harvey is very much perfectly hidden.

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** Another justification can come from the setting, setting; unpatrolled cornfields can vary in structure but it's quite easy for humans and other animals to be able to sneak around in them unnoticed. In later chapters while it's Clarissa's light and Jack's yelling that give them away, Harvey is very much perfectly hidden.



* DisposingOfABody: Mr. Harvey gets rid of Susie's body by putting it in a safe and dropping it in the local sinkhole. Within Suzie's narration we learn Harvey had a habit of doing this with his various victims as well as shedding evidence of his mementos.
* DistantFinale: In the novel; [[spoiler:The final scene is of Susie's charm bracelet being found later by someone with absolutely no idea whose it is, He merely comments "The little girl this belonged to is all grown up now," to which Susie responds, "Not quite."]]

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* DisposingOfABody: Mr. Harvey gets rid of Susie's dismembered body by putting it in a safe and dropping it in the local sinkhole. Within Suzie's narration we learn Harvey had a habit of doing this with his various victims as well as shedding evidence of his mementos.
* DistantFinale: In the novel; [[spoiler:The final scene is of Susie's charm bracelet being found later by someone with absolutely no idea whose it is, He is; he merely comments "The little girl this belonged to is all grown up now," to which Susie responds, "Not quite."]]



* FailedASpotCheck: Susie mentions that if she had been more attentive to her surroundings, she would have noticed Mr. Harvey watching her implying that she could have avoided her death.

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* FailedASpotCheck: Susie mentions that if she had been more attentive to her surroundings, she would have noticed Mr. Harvey watching her her, implying that she could have avoided her death.death. Even if she had refused to go with him to his 'clubhouse', there's a chance she might have gotten away.



* IdiotBall: Susie herself post death sort have realizes she dropped the ball, but Franny seems to know that happens a lot with the dead.

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* IdiotBall: Susie herself post death sort have realizes she dropped the ball, ball when it came to gong along with Mr. Harvey, but Franny seems to know that happens a lot with the dead.

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* RealityEnsues: [[spoiler:Rather than a victorious story about Susie's murderer getting caught and brought to justice, the book focuses on how Susie's death affects her family and friends. As in real life, everyone grieves in different ways - some accept Susie's death faster than others. By the book's end, years after the murder, the family is finally coming to terms with it to the point of getting rid of some of Susie's old things.]]


The book was adapted to film by Creator/PeterJackson and released in 2009. It stars SaoirseRonan, Creator/MarkWahlberg, Creator/RachelWeisz, Stanley Tucci, and Susan Sarandon.

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The book was adapted to film by Creator/PeterJackson and released in 2009. It stars SaoirseRonan, Creator/SaoirseRonan, Creator/MarkWahlberg, Creator/RachelWeisz, Stanley Tucci, and Susan Sarandon.


* AluminumChristmasTrees: Apparently this comes up for some about unguarded cornfields being ways for kids to walk home from school. It's either normal or really weird depending on area.

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* AluminumChristmasTrees: Apparently For kids in more rural or suburban areas with some open areas the idea that kids regularly cut through a cornfield on their walks to and from school isn't an unusual choice. To more urban and developed readers this comes up for some about unguarded cornfields being ways for kids off as a WhatAnIdiot thing to walk home from school. It's either normal or really weird depending on area.do.



* BittersweetEnding: The story ends about 10-11 years after Susie's murder. By then [[spoiler: Susie, her family, and her first love have accepted her death and moved on. Her family has also reconciled, deepened their bonds with each other and grown stronger as individuals. Minus some photographs, Susie's remaining possessions are donated, and her loved ones leave her in their memories, where Susie believes she was meant to be. Susie graduates to "wide wide Heaven", and only looks down at the Earth and her family sporadically. Lindsey and Samuel are married and have a child. Lindsey is a therapist, Ray is a doctor, and Ruth is trying to show everyone that the dead talk to the living. However, the safe containing Susie's body remains undiscovered in its sinkhole, and with the city considering filling it in, there is a chance it never will be. This means that Susie's family and friends may never receive full closure, or know (at least while they live) what befell her in that underground den. Though her murderer is killed after falling into a ravine (an outcome which might have been caused by Susie), preventing him from creating more victims, he also never receives true justice for his crimes and can no longer reveal where he buried his victims. Also, since it takes several weeks for his body to be found in the snowdrift and Susie ascends to "wide wide Heaven" a few pages later (thus ending the story), we never learn if his body was positively identified. Though the cold may help preserve the body, Susie's loved ones may never know that her murderer is dead, and thus believe that he is still out there creating new victims and escaping justice.]] In real life cases like this, it is the unknown that causes the most pain, even for those who have long since moved on. However, the reader is left with the (unspoken) knowledge that despite this tragedy, hopefully a long time after the book has ended, they will all be together again.

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* BittersweetEnding: The story ends about 10-11 years after Susie's murder. By then [[spoiler: Susie, her family, and her first love have accepted her death and moved on. Her family has also reconciled, deepened their bonds with each other and grown stronger as individuals. Minus some photographs, Susie's remaining possessions are donated, and her loved ones leave her in their memories, where Susie believes she was meant to be. Susie graduates to "wide wide Heaven", and only looks down at the Earth and her family sporadically. Lindsey and Samuel are married and have a child. Lindsey is a therapist, Ray is a doctor, and Ruth is trying to show everyone that the dead talk to the living. However, the safe containing Susie's body remains undiscovered in its sinkhole, and with the city considering filling it in, there is a chance it never will be. This means that Susie's family and friends may never receive full closure, be able have a proper funeral or even know (at least while they live) what befell her in that underground den. Though her murderer is killed after falling into a ravine (an outcome which might have been caused by Susie), preventing him from creating more victims, he also never receives true justice is taken to court for his crimes and can no longer reveal where he buried his victims. Also, since it takes several weeks for his body to be found in the snowdrift and Susie ascends to "wide wide Heaven" a few pages later (thus ending the story), we never learn if his body was positively identified. Though the cold may help preserve the body, Susie's loved ones may never know that her murderer is dead, and thus believe that he is still out there creating new victims and escaping justice.]] In real life cases like this, it is the unknown that causes the most pain, even for those who have long since moved on. However, the reader is left with the (unspoken) knowledge that despite this tragedy, hopefully as these a long time after the book has ended, they fully wrapped up conclusion doesn't always happen. Bitter memories and new sweet ones will all remain combined in the fallout. At the very at least in Susie's reality her family had found a way to live on and in the end should unstated be together again. again in the afterlife.



* DisposingOfABody: Mr. Harvey gets rid of Susie's body by putting it in a safe and dropping it in the local sinkhole [[spoiler:The final scene is of Susie's charm bracelet being found later by someone with absolutely no idea whose it is, He merely comments "The little girl this belonged to is all grown up now," to which Susie responds, "Not quite."]]
* DistantFinale: In the novel; see immediately above.

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* DisposingOfABody: Mr. Harvey gets rid of Susie's body by putting it in a safe and dropping it in the local sinkhole sinkhole. Within Suzie's narration we learn Harvey had a habit of doing this with his various victims as well as shedding evidence of his mementos.
* DistantFinale: In the novel;
[[spoiler:The final scene is of Susie's charm bracelet being found later by someone with absolutely no idea whose it is, He merely comments "The little girl this belonged to is all grown up now," to which Susie responds, "Not quite."]]
* DistantFinale: In the novel; see immediately above.
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* IHaveNoSon: Played with in a tear jerking fashion, when Abigail is asked if she has children, she mentions she has two and in her mind silently corrects herself that she had three.
** As well as an unstated I have no best friend. Susie applies this to her [[spoiler: best friend Clarissa]] after she: [[spoiler: 1) Grieves relatively little over her best friend's death, and except for an unspoken PetTheDog moment with Lindsey at Susie's memorial service, does not help her family cope with her death or maintain a relationship with them. 2) Is partially responsible for putting Susie's father in the hospital with serious injuries, and allowing damaging rumors to circulate that leave him emotionally crippled for months. And 3) When Susie realizes (unconsciously) that the best friend she looked up to is not as great a person as she thought.]] Shortly after Susie's [[spoiler: father ends up in the hospital, Clarissa]] is not seen or mentioned again for the rest of book.



* InnocentInaccurate: As Susie died at 14, she ends up misinterpreting some of the things that happen after her death.

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* InnocentInaccurate: As Susie died at 14, she ends up misinterpreting some of the things so her mind remains in that happen after age throughout her death.narration.



* YouAreDeadToMe: Unstated, but Susie applies this to her [[spoiler: best friend Clarissa]] after she: [[spoiler: 1) Grieves relatively little over her best friend's death, and except for an unspoken PetTheDog moment with Lindsey at Susie's memorial service, does not help her family cope with her death or maintain a relationship with them. 2) Is partially responsible for putting Susie's father in the hospital with serious injuries, and allowing damaging rumors to circulate that leave him emotionally crippled for months. And 3) When Susie realizes (unconsciously) that the best friend she looked up to is not as great a person as she thought.]] Shortly after Susie's [[spoiler: father ends up in the hospital, Clarissa]] is not seen or mentioned again for the rest of book.


* ObviouslyEvil: Possibly justified in the 1970s setting, but for any GenreSavvy viewer, Mr. Harvey may as well have "serial killer" written on his forehead.

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* ObviouslyEvil: Possibly justified in the 1970s setting, but for any GenreSavvy viewer, Mr. Harvey may as well have "serial killer" written on his forehead.


* DiedHappilyEverAfter: When Susie moves out of the in-between and into heaven [[spoiler: where she spends most of the time with her grandfather.]]



* DiedHappilyEverAfter: When Susie moves out of the in-between and into heaven [[spoiler: where she spends most of the time with her grandfather.]]



* [[HerHeartWillGoOn His Heart Will Go On]]: Ray.



* [[HerHeartWillGoOn His Heart Will Go On]]: Ray.



* ObviouslyEvil: Possibly justified in the 1970s setting, but for any GenreSavvy viewer, Mr. Harvey may as well have "serial killer" written on his forehead.



* ObviouslyEvil: Possibly justified in the 1970s setting, but for any GenreSavvy viewer, Mr. Harvey may as well have "serial killer" written on his forehead.



* {{Revenge}}: Jack's goal going into the cornfield [[spoiler: it doesn't work, and he ends up needing a new knee]]

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* {{Revenge}}: Jack's goal going into the cornfield [[spoiler: it doesn't work, and he ends up needing a new knee]]knee]].



* ThisIsMyStory: Susie narrated the story of her life, death, and the life of her family and friends after she dies.


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* ThisIsMyStory: Susie narrated the story of her life, death, and the life of her family and friends after she dies.


* BittersweetEnding: The story ends about 10-11 years after Susie's murder. By then [[spoiler: Susie, her family, and her first love have accepted her death and moved on. Minus some photographs, her remaining possessions are donated, and her loved ones leave her in their memories, where Susie believes she was meant to be. Susie graduates to "wide wide Heaven", and only looks down at the Earth and her family sporadically. Lindsey and Samuel are married and have a child. Lindsey is a therapist, Ray is a doctor, and Ruth is trying to show everyone that the dead talk to the living. However, the safe containing Susie's body remains undiscovered in its sinkhole, and with the city considering filling it in, there is a chance it never will be. This means that Susie's family and friends may never receive full closure, or know (at least while they live) what befell her in that underground den. Though her murderer is killed after falling into a ravine (an outcome which might have been caused by Susie), preventing him from creating more victims, he also never receives true justice for his crimes and can no longer reveal where he buried his victims. Also, since it takes several weeks for his body to be found in the snowdrift and Susie ascends to "wide wide Heaven" a few pages later (thus ending the story), we never learn if his body was positively identified. Though the cold may help preserve the body, Susie's loved ones may never know that her murderer is dead, and thus believe that he is still out there creating new victims and escaping justice.]] In real life cases like this, it is the unknown that causes the most pain, even for those who have long since moved on. However, the reader is left with the (unspoken) knowledge that despite this tragedy, hopefully a long time after the book has ended, they will all be together again.

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* BittersweetEnding: The story ends about 10-11 years after Susie's murder. By then [[spoiler: Susie, her family, and her first love have accepted her death and moved on. Her family has also reconciled, deepened their bonds with each other and grown stronger as individuals. Minus some photographs, her Susie's remaining possessions are donated, and her loved ones leave her in their memories, where Susie believes she was meant to be. Susie graduates to "wide wide Heaven", and only looks down at the Earth and her family sporadically. Lindsey and Samuel are married and have a child. Lindsey is a therapist, Ray is a doctor, and Ruth is trying to show everyone that the dead talk to the living. However, the safe containing Susie's body remains undiscovered in its sinkhole, and with the city considering filling it in, there is a chance it never will be. This means that Susie's family and friends may never receive full closure, or know (at least while they live) what befell her in that underground den. Though her murderer is killed after falling into a ravine (an outcome which might have been caused by Susie), preventing him from creating more victims, he also never receives true justice for his crimes and can no longer reveal where he buried his victims. Also, since it takes several weeks for his body to be found in the snowdrift and Susie ascends to "wide wide Heaven" a few pages later (thus ending the story), we never learn if his body was positively identified. Though the cold may help preserve the body, Susie's loved ones may never know that her murderer is dead, and thus believe that he is still out there creating new victims and escaping justice.]] In real life cases like this, it is the unknown that causes the most pain, even for those who have long since moved on. However, the reader is left with the (unspoken) knowledge that despite this tragedy, hopefully a long time after the book has ended, they will all be together again.


* YouAreDeadToMe: Unstated, but Susie applies this to her [[spoiler: best friend Clarissa]] after she: [[spoiler: 1)Grieve relatively little over her best friend's death, and except for an unspoken PetTheDog moment with Lindsey at Susie's memorial service, does not help her family cope with her death or maintain a relationship with them. 2)Is partially responsible for putting Susie's father in the hospital with serious injuries, and allowing damaging rumors to circulate that leave him emotionally crippled for months. And 3)When Susie realizes (unconsciously) that the best friend she looked up to is not as great a person as she thought.]] Shortly after Susie's [[spoiler: father ends up in the hospital, Clarissa]] is not seen or mentioned again for the rest of book.

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* YouAreDeadToMe: Unstated, but Susie applies this to her [[spoiler: best friend Clarissa]] after she: [[spoiler: 1)Grieve 1) Grieves relatively little over her best friend's death, and except for an unspoken PetTheDog moment with Lindsey at Susie's memorial service, does not help her family cope with her death or maintain a relationship with them. 2)Is 2) Is partially responsible for putting Susie's father in the hospital with serious injuries, and allowing damaging rumors to circulate that leave him emotionally crippled for months. And 3)When 3) When Susie realizes (unconsciously) that the best friend she looked up to is not as great a person as she thought.]] Shortly after Susie's [[spoiler: father ends up in the hospital, Clarissa]] is not seen or mentioned again for the rest of book.


* YouAreDeadToMe: Unstated, but Susie applies this to her [[spoiler: best friend Clarissa]] after she: [[spoilers: 1)Grieve relatively little over her best friend's death, and except for an unspoken PetTheDog moment with Lindsey at Susie's memorial service, does not help her family cope with her death or maintain a relationship with them. 2)Is partially responsible for putting Susie's father in the hospital with serious injuries, and allowing damaging rumors to circulate that leave him emotionally crippled for months. And 3)When Susie realizes (unconsciously) that the best friend she looked up to is not as great a person as she thought.]] Shortly after Susie's [[spoiler: father ends up in the hospital, Clarissa]] is not seen or mentioned again for the rest of book.

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* YouAreDeadToMe: Unstated, but Susie applies this to her [[spoiler: best friend Clarissa]] after she: [[spoilers: [[spoiler: 1)Grieve relatively little over her best friend's death, and except for an unspoken PetTheDog moment with Lindsey at Susie's memorial service, does not help her family cope with her death or maintain a relationship with them. 2)Is partially responsible for putting Susie's father in the hospital with serious injuries, and allowing damaging rumors to circulate that leave him emotionally crippled for months. And 3)When Susie realizes (unconsciously) that the best friend she looked up to is not as great a person as she thought.]] Shortly after Susie's [[spoiler: father ends up in the hospital, Clarissa]] is not seen or mentioned again for the rest of book.

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* BittersweetEnding: The story ends about 10-11 years after Susie's murder. By then [[spoiler: Susie, her family, and her first love have accepted her death and moved on. Minus some photographs, her remaining possessions are donated, and her loved ones leave her in their memories, where Susie believes she was meant to be. Susie graduates to "wide wide Heaven", and only looks down at the Earth and her family sporadically. Lindsey and Samuel are married and have a child. Lindsey is a therapist, Ray is a doctor, and Ruth is trying to show everyone that the dead talk to the living. However, the safe containing Susie's body remains undiscovered in its sinkhole, and with the city considering filling it in, there is a chance it never will be. This means that Susie's family and friends may never receive full closure, or know (at least while they live) what befell her in that underground den. Though her murderer is killed after falling into a ravine (an outcome which might have been caused by Susie), preventing him from creating more victims, he also never receives true justice for his crimes and can no longer reveal where he buried his victims. Also, since it takes several weeks for his body to be found in the snowdrift and Susie ascends to "wide wide Heaven" a few pages later (thus ending the story), we never learn if his body was positively identified. Though the cold may help preserve the body, Susie's loved ones may never know that her murderer is dead, and thus believe that he is still out there creating new victims and escaping justice.]] In real life cases like this, it is the unknown that causes the most pain, even for those who have long since moved on. However, the reader is left with the (unspoken) knowledge that despite this tragedy, hopefully a long time after the book has ended, they will all be together again.


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* YouAreDeadToMe: Unstated, but Susie applies this to her [[spoiler: best friend Clarissa]] after she: [[spoilers: 1)Grieve relatively little over her best friend's death, and except for an unspoken PetTheDog moment with Lindsey at Susie's memorial service, does not help her family cope with her death or maintain a relationship with them. 2)Is partially responsible for putting Susie's father in the hospital with serious injuries, and allowing damaging rumors to circulate that leave him emotionally crippled for months. And 3)When Susie realizes (unconsciously) that the best friend she looked up to is not as great a person as she thought.]] Shortly after Susie's [[spoiler: father ends up in the hospital, Clarissa]] is not seen or mentioned again for the rest of book.


* CryForTheDevil: Susie flashes back into Harvey's past to provide some moments from his childhood that can qualify. Like how his father ordered his mother out of the car on a highway and drove off. Harvey never saw his mother again.


* CryForTheDevil: Susie flashes back into Harvey's past to provide some moments from his childhood that can qualify. Like how his father ordered his mother out of the car on a highway and drove off. Harvey never saw his mother again.



* PetTheDog: Susie flashes back into Harvey's past to provide some moments from his childhood that can qualify. Like how his father ordered his mother out of the car on a highway and drove off. Harvey never saw his mother again.

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