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Monday, October 29, 2012

The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison

I picked up The Butterfly Clues on a whim one day, because it sounded like an interesting murder mystery. And being murder mystery, it was perfect in keeping with this week's theme, Spooky Reads! It's a short week, since we only have three days until Halloween, but that doesn't mean we can't talk about some scary stories!

Here is the summary from Goodreads: Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place--possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home. But in the year since her brother Oren's death, Lo's hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. She discovers a beautiful, antique butterfly pendant during a routine scour at a weekend flea market, and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as "Sapphire"--a girl just a few years older than Lo. As usual when Lo begins to obsess over something, she can't get the murder out of her mind. As she attempts to piece together the mysterious "butterfly clues," with the unlikely help of a street artist named Flynt, Lo quickly finds herself caught up in a seedy, violent underworld much closer to home than she ever imagined--a world, she'll ultimately discover, that could hold the key to her brother's tragic death.

What I Liked: 1) Flynt. I liked Flynt, with his mysterious ways. He was funny, but mysterious, and just kind of interesting to be around. There were times when he wasn't in a scene but Lo would be wondering what he was up to, and I felt the same way too. Lo was better when he was around, so he was kind of like a savior for her. 2) Lo was definitely one of the more intriguing characters I've come across in all the books I've read. So much of the book is what's going on in her head that you get to know her pretty well. I've also never read a book where the main character has as strong a case of OCD as Lo does. That was one of the biggest parts of the book because her OCD led her to find these clues that "call out to her." 3) The ending. I like how it ended, because it wrapped everything up. Sometimes there are lingering questions, but this story ended the way it needed to for everyone involved to move on with their lives.

What I Didn't Like: I said that Lo's OCD made her very intriguing, which it did, but it also made the story a little hard for me to follow. There were breaks in the storyline because of things that her OCD was causing her to do, and so for me it just made it a little difficult.

Overall Thoughts: Other than some breaks in the story, The Butterfly Clues is a suspenseful murder mystery that anyone who likes mystery can enjoy. It follows the clues that Lo discovers with a great sense of timing, and will keep you guessing until the end.

My Rating: 3 candy corns

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1 comment:

  1. I have wondered about this book. I keep seeing mixed reviews so I have avoided it. It does sound interesting though. I'm glad that it was able to keep you guessing. So many mysteries are so easily figured out.


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