The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
Publication Date: February 14, 2012
Genre: Contemporary, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Challenge: Debut Author Challenge
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.
In the novel you are introduced to Lo, our protagonist of the story, who is, as well as her family, still mourning over the passing of her brother Oren. A news story becomes released about a teenage girl name Sapphire who was recently murdered. Lo increasingly becomes obsessed with Sapphire, whom she has never met before and on a stroll through a flea market, becomes aware of items that had been of Sapphire’s, stolen from the scene of the crime. Determined to find out what happened, Lo and the mysterious Flynt begin to get their hands dirty while investigating the murder.
The dialogue and plot were both fabulous while I was reading. I was captivated by the mystery that Ellison had created but the father I read, the more predictable things became and I was able to map out what would happen. That was truly the only problem that played out during my procession of this novel. Everything else was striking and fantastic, and I enjoyed the pace set by Ms. Ellison.
The Butterfly Clues was a nice read on a sunny afternoon but unfortunately, the captivation I was looking for was not set in stone through out the novel.
First Line: I spot her out of the corner of my eye and freeze.