The Butterfly Clues Paperback – 8 Jan 2013
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"Fascinating. Ellison has the art of page-turning down flat, and readers will be swept up by both the terror - and the romance" (Booklist, Starred Review)
". . . a strong, twisty thriller of a debut . . . [with] a complex and memorable heroine." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ellison creates tension from the outset in a taut and sure-footed thriller." (Julia Eccleshare, Lovereading)
"An intriguing and compelling read, and a very impressive debut." (Books for Keeps 'Book of the Week')
"An engaging mystery starring a teen girl with obsessive-compulsive disorder. A pleasing mix of realism, tension, intrigue and romance." (Kirkus) --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
This debut novel is a tour de force thriller about a girl whose obsessive-compulsive collecting leads her down a dangerous path of secrets, mystery, and murder – where every clue she uncovers could be her last. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.See all Product Description
Top Customer Reviews
Lo, the first person protagonist of The Butterfly Clues, really appealed to me. If you look at some of the reviews of this book around the internet, it seems like she's a character you either like or loathe. This is mostly because of her OCD. Lo has an obsession with the number 3 and its multiples. They are her "safe" numbers. Her illness has also resulted in her becoming a hoarder and a bit of a klepto to boot. Her illness also means she can never pass through any doorway without tapping three times and then saying "banana". She... has problems.
It seems like a lot of readers found her annoying because of her constant counting and her repetitive, obsessive-compulsive nature. But Lo felt the same way! I think it was meant to be irksome, almost an inconvenience to the reader, because that allows us to empathise with her. Imagine not being able to run from a killer until you've touched your toes three times! Scary. I suppose I might be over-estimating authorial intention, but I hope not!
The Butterfly Clues was predictable, at least as far as I was concerned, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment at all. At the end of the day, knowing who the murderer was all along, or finding out more about Lo's brother, even knowing how her relationship with the quirky street artist, Flynt, would turn out, was all secondary to the more intriguing development of Lo's obsessive nature.
This is a great example of a book which has a fairly obvious destination, but also a well-crafted journey! And that's what matters, right?