In chapter three we find out that Susie touched a girl called Ruth Connors, who went to her school, but she was not someone that she knew very well. Ruth tells her mother that she had a dream that she saw a pale running ghost coming toward when she was crossing through a parking lot. Ruth knows to keep her experience to herself and begins writing dark poetry and looking up everything she can find out about Susie. Ruth’s experience and her resulting obsession with Susie will foreshadow how she later helps Susie gain her greatest desire in heaven.
We also learn how Susie’s own death has affected her. We are also introduced to Susie’s charm bracelet which becomes a metaphor of her. Each charm represents something to those who loved her and Susie believes it can help Ruth know who she is if Ruth can just find it.