Lo and Judah have an emotional reunion back at Jude’s London flat. Jude gives her a list of messages people have left, including some surprising ones, like a kind one from Tina. She also learns that Ben had been “raising hell” since the boat left Trondheim without her.
Compared to how isolated Lo had seemed at the beginning of the book, she’s now surrounded by more support and seems happier to lean on others. Contrary to her earlier suspicions, too, Tina extends kindness, and Ben has been on her side all along.
Lo flips channels and comes across a news bulletin about Bullmer’s death, which jars her. She also spots Anne in the video footage and perceives something trapped in her expression, but also sees a hint of a fighter in her.
Seeing an unexpected glimpse of Bullmer is understandably traumatic, and Lo also feels a certain kinship with Anne, believing she would have resisted Bullmer to the end.
Later that night, Lo wakes up Judah with her crying. She says she can’t stop thinking about Carrie. Judah feels that Carrie deserves what she got, but Lo insists that nobody can know what’s going on inside another person’s relationship—that people “can be sucked into doing something out of fear, or inability to see any other way out.”
Lo changes the subject to Judah’s job opportunity in New York—she thinks he should accept it. He’s flabbergasted, until she explains that she wants to come with him; she doesn’t believe there’s a big break in store for her at Velocity. Even if there were some way of pulling herself further up the ladder, it’s no longer what she wants.
Lo’s time on the Aurora has forced her to rethink her priorities. She now commits unhesitatingly to Judah, as she was so fearful of doing just a couple of weeks ago. She’s also rethought her career ambitions, after striving to advance herself through this reporting gig.
Lo goes on to explain that she doesn’t want to end up like Tina, Alexander, and other journalists she’s met, traveling the world and reporting the things people like Bullmer want them to write about. She wants to write about the things people don’t want others to know about.
Before they fall asleep, Lo puzzles over the fact that Judah had been asked to identify Lo’s clothes, not a body. She can’t figure out why Carrie would have discarded her clothes. She also can’t imagine Bullmer committing suicide. But she pushes these thoughts aside, instead focusing on the leap of faith she’s about to take.
There are lingering loose ends as to what really happened on the Aurora, but Lo tries to look to the future, emboldened by what she’s done and survived over the past weeks.
A newspaper article, dated about two months later, reports that one of the two recovered bodies belonged to Anne Bullmer. The other is Lord Bullmer’s, and it’s been determined that his gunshot wound was not self-inflicted after all. A handgun was found near his body, wrapped in clothes belonging to Lo.
Neither of the bodies belonged to Carrie after all, and it’s implied that she must have been the one to kill Bullmer.
A few days later, there’s an online banking live chat between Lo and a customer service representative. Forty thousand Swiss francs have been credited to Lo’s account with the reference “Tiggers bounce.” The bank can’t identify the sender, as it’s from a private Swiss account, but Lo is pretty sure she knows who it’s from.
Carrie has survived and has access to the Bullmer fortune, from which she sends Lo a gift. In keeping with her mother’s childhood nickname for her, Carrie has bounced back.