Rachel is Anne’s sister, and another telepath. When an illiterate neighbor finds Anne’s suicide note, which is addressed to the Inspector, Rachel lies and says that it is meant for her so that she can destroy the note and protect the others in the group. Petra reads from Rachel’s thoughts that she is in love with Michael, who eventually goes back to rescue Rachel and take her to Zealand.
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...mother would never do the same. While Rosalind, David, and Petra escape, Michael, Mark, and Rachel monitor the situation at home and tell the three fugitives about the authorities’ plans to... (full context)