Re: Ch. 7 - The Dark of Night
My copy of the book is gone. It was begged from me by someone eager to read the story based on my summary of the events. That is a confession of guilt which I hope the author will forgive. A loaned book seldome leads to an additional sale, but the sharing of the story sometimes outweighs the profit motive.
This chapter fills in details we missed about the sinking of the Bluebelle, and we gain an even greater appreciation for Tere's ability to keep her composure. She has seen her mother and brother dead in pools of blood and been threatened and then abandoned on a sinking boat by Harvey, yet, she has the presence of mind to locate a float and pry it free for her use.
She drifts away from the submerged boat alone in the dark wondering if Harvey will come back to kill her.
Do you suppose that Capt. Harvey had lost his rage?
Decades ago, here in Brevard County Florida, a man went to a grocery store and methodically shot and killed everyone he could find in there. This went on for some time as one of the employees hid in a bathroom. The killer eventually found her but instead of killing her he just kept her as a hostage. Perhaps he felt he needed the protection of a hostage, but I had the sense that his killing rage had subsided and he was in a form of shock.
Harvey seems to show some of the same signs. Otherwise, why would he not have killed Tere? or come after her?
Forgive me for phrasing it that way. I don't mean to sound insensitive and am very glad that he did not harm Tere, but we do wonder when we hear about people snapping.