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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (266 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard Logan Narrator: Johnny Heller, Jo Anna Perrin Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2010 ISBN:
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A tanker steaming through the deep Northwest Providence Channel of the Bahamas comes across a shocking sight: a lone dinghy carrying Captain Julian Harvey and the body of a young girl. They are all that remain of the ketch Bluebelle, a handsome 60-foot sailing yacht chartered by the Duperrault family of Green Bay, Wisconsin. But their happy family vacation went terribly wrong when, according to Harvey, a violent and unexpected squall smashed the giant main mast, killed Harvey's wife and the others, and sank the boat. Harvey found the child floating dead and, as far as he knows, he is the only survivor. Or is he?

Four days later, just as Captain Harvey is testifying at a Coast Guard hearing about the tragic accident, amazing news of another survivor arrives. Eleven-year-old Terry Jo Duperrault has been found barely alive on a flimsy cork-and-canvas float with no food or water. Harvey takes the news calmly, finishes his testimony, and leaves...to commit bloody suicide.

This is the chillingly detailed inside story of what really happened during that trip and the decades-long courage of the sole survivor of a murderous crime.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lisa D | 2/6/2014

    " Ditto to the other reviews. Great story, writing and editing needed some work. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 1/22/2014

    " Non fiction--chilling detailed story of the tragedy that occurred during the Dupperrault's family vacation on a yacht in the Caribbean. Told by the lone survivor--their 11 year old daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Cherie | 1/17/2014

    " This story is really interesting and was worth reading about. The first half was pretty good. The last half could use some help. Just not written terrifically, but I did like it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/10/2014

    " Inspiring and amazing what this girl went through and overcame. Made me almost cry at the end, which few books compel me to do. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pat Lampe | 1/10/2014

    " I did not remember this event that happened in 1961, the year I graduated from high school. True story of a chartered yacht that sunk in the Carribean, killing an entire family and the wife of the captain. Who as it turned out murdered everyone and sank the boat. Except one lone survivor - the 11-year old daughter. The writing was not very good - was more like a newspaper article. But my heart went out to all the victims. Reminded me of watching 20-20 or 48 Hours Mystery -- could have been told in 15 minutes or 15 pages. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dayna | 1/2/2014

    " The story of Tere (Terry Jo) Duperrault is fascinating and compelling, but the quality of writing is so terrible that it's distracting. I enjoyed the book, because the tragic and miraculous survival story of Tere is so engaging in its own right. However, the writing... oh the writing. So bad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kcastro | 12/31/2013

    " Interesting, quick read. Probably won't read it again. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Morgue Anne | 12/19/2013

    " Book 91/150 "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Charlene Erks | 12/7/2013

    " interesting true story...sad but uplifting "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy E | 8/29/2013

    " An interesting, true story, written in a factual style. The author pulled together information from many sources to put the whole sordid tale in one place. I wold have enjoyed reading more from Tere herself. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 8/15/2013

    " A quick read, and interesting enough. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Kathy | 6/30/2013

    " A strange story, not very well written, based on speculation and the testimony of an 11-year-old survivor who nearly died adrift at sea for 4 days. And, the information revealed by giving her truth serum as an adult is certainly not reliable. Probably true, but we will never really know. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bonnie | 3/9/2013

    " Interesting and informative. True story about a child (now a grown woman) left to die at sea. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brooke Bennett | 2/19/2013

    " I read this book in a little over 24 hours. It captured me right off the bat knowing it was a family from the Green Bay area who had to deal with this tragedy! Definately a must read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 11/12/2012

    " Interesting true story. I wondered if with todays technology they could have answered some of the "unanswered questions"? An easy and short read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leslie | 10/29/2012

    " A very interesting true story about a girl who survives drifting in the ocean for 4 days after her entire family is killed. I will not tell you how they die so I don't spoil it. Great story of survival, strong will and evil. It is a short book and a very quick read. I enjoyed it very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liana Stone | 10/20/2012

    " true story and fascinating! I had never heard the story before-a survival story- a little girl who is found floating in the ocean- "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachael Clark | 9/25/2012

    " Not the most well-written book I've read, but such a captivating, tragic story. I would recommend just because of that! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Keeri | 9/1/2012

    " One of the most heart-breaking true stories I have ever read. The story of "brave little Terry Jo" and her family is unbelievably tragic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ellen | 6/16/2012

    " I was expecting it to be more of a personal memoir (instead it read more like a third person, bullet-pointed "report" or investigative journalism), but it was still an incredible story! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Goepfert | 4/9/2012

    " This was a very sad but interesting book. It's a true story although I had never heard of this girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Brent | 2/1/2012

    " Great book but hard to read about such a tragedy to this family including the children. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ally | 12/21/2011

    " Non-fiction story that was captivating and a bit sad. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bev | 5/26/2011

    " I would give it 3 & 1/2 stars...interesting real account. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Ciara | 4/28/2011

    " Very interesting true story but a badly written book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kristen | 4/6/2011

    " Great story....it is sad what this little girl had to go through but she has turned out to be a positive women. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Naveen | 3/15/2011

    " This is so creepy because it's bloody and true. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rose | 1/12/2011

    " A quick read, and interesting enough. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mary Ellen | 1/1/2011

    " I was expecting it to be more of a personal memoir (instead it read more like a third person, bullet-pointed "report" or investigative journalism), but it was still an incredible story! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christophile | 12/30/2010

    " A very interesting story not well told. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 11/8/2010

    " This was a very sad but interesting book. It's a true story although I had never heard of this girl. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 10/27/2010

    " Non fiction--chilling detailed story of the tragedy that occurred during the Dupperrault's family vacation on a yacht in the Caribbean. Told by the lone survivor--their 11 year old daughter. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kcastro | 10/25/2010

    " Interesting, quick read. Probably won't read it again. "

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About the Author

Richard Logan, PhD, holds an AB degree in anthropology from Harvard University and a doctorate in human development from the University of Chicago. An expert in the psychology of solitary survival, he is the author of Alone: A Fascinating Study of Those Who Have Survived Long, Solitary Ordeals. He has also been a guest on A&E and the Discovery Channel. Dr. Logan lives with his wife, Carol, in Minneapolis.