Saturday, 17 September 2011

Review: The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison

Title: The Butterfly Clues
Author: Kate Ellison
Author Info: Website|Blog|Facebook
Genre: Mystery, Young Adult, Contemporary
Source: NetGalley
Publisher: Egmont USA
Publication Date: 14th February 2012
Rating: 3 stars

Tell Me About It
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.
My Thoughts
I got my copy of The Butterfly Clues from NetGalley but if I saw this book in a shop I would buy it alone for its cover. It may not be one of the prettiest covers I have seen, but the way the butterfly is splatted with blood would draw me in straight away.
From reading the description is doesn't give you a good idea of Lo. When I made a start on The Butterfly Clues I realised pretty quickly the Lo has some OCD and Kleptomania issues, but rather than it working against Lo, it helps to bring out her own individual character and she defiantly stands out in my head.

I really enjoyed reading The Butterfly Clues, Kate Ellison has done a good job of putting us inside Lo's mind, and gives us a chance to see how she thinks and the reasons she does certain things. I liked how she met Flynt and how he makes her feels better and takes her for who she is, even with her issues.

For a while when reading The Butterfly Clues I was wondering what the butterfly pendant was all about, and when we are eventually told the reason for its existence in the story it explains a lot, why Lo was so connected to it, why she thinks she is sensing Sapphire's spirit trying to help her solve the murder, and how in the end, Sapphire and Lo are connected to each other in a shocking way.

It took me a few days to read The Butterfly Clues, mainly because I am dividing my time with different reads, but if I was focusing on this book alone, I could have finished it in one sitting, it was hard to put it down each night and I really wanted to see what happens next.


  1. I got this from Netgalley too but reading it on my Kobo, the PDF was so teeny tiny that I couldn't get into it. What I read of it though was good, it was just too straining to read (and I hate having to scroll back and forth if I enlarged it)

    It's a shame.. I really wanted to read it because it sounded interesting.. :/

  2. :( it is a good read, if you dont get chance to read it beofre its released you should pick up a copy of the book.

  3. Agreed, loved this book! It was really interesting to see Lo's OCD and how it thrust her into this murder mystery. Michele, I hope you pick it up! I think it comes out on Valentine's Day! - Lee


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