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The Butterfly Effect Hardcover – 3 Apr 1997

3.8 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: The Harvill Press (3 April 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1860463118
  • ISBN-13: 978-1860463112
  • Product Dimensions: 3.2 x 15.9 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,494,309 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The intricate knots in the mystery keep the reader in a constant state of tension. Pernille Rygg creates...a story which is dynamic and hypnotic" (Avisa Trondheim)

"[A] terrific first novel" (Guardian)

"Miss Smilia's Feeling for Snow revisited" (Guardian)

"A compelling thriller which invites comparison with Hoeg" (Glasgow Herald) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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'Curl up with a stiff whiskey and lose yourself in the inquiring mind of Igi Heitmann' - Guardian --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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In a bracing dash of Norwegian noir contrasting with the snow white of an Oslo winter, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT opens just after Igi Heitmann's father, a private detective, has been killed in a hit and run accident. Igi is a disturbed young woman who has never got over her parents' divorce when she was 12: she hates her stepfather (a businessman) and despises her mother; she can't stick at her career as a psychology researcher at the local hospital; and has married Benny, a gay transvestite.

This is a cracking start to an excellent novel. In the wake of her father's death, Igi can't settle to domestic bliss with Benny, of whom she is very fond despite the superficially obvious incompatibilities, so she decides to camp out at her father's office, in a seedy part of town. She discovers among the paperwork on the desk that Heitmann had been investigating the disappearance of a young woman, Siv Underland, from the neighbouring satellite town of Asker. More for therapy than for any other reason, Igi decides to continue his investigation.

Igi slowly but doggedly talks to everyone connected with the missing girl: Siv's parents, neighbours and colleagues as well as various strange members of the younger generation, as it turns out that Siv seemed to have been involved in witchcraft and drugs. Soon, Igi ties in Siv's disappearance with that of another girl, Petra, some years before, and, together with her father's old partner from his days in the police, begins to piece together the story of what happened in the past.

In this brief book, the author ties in many strands of Norwegian society in a tapestry of social comment: business deals between unprincipled men; blackmail; gambling; medical malpractice; and the spectre of child abuse.
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I was just checking to see whether any new novels by Pernille Rygg were available and happened to read the other two reviews of 'The Butterfly Effect.' I'm amazed that anyone could fail to like this book, and to give it one star, as one of the reviewers did, is truly misleading. I entirely endorse the 5 star review which is so thorough that it leaves little to add.

I bought this book after a recommendation from the wonderful staff of the now (sadly) deceased Pan Bookshop. Nearly every book I bought on their advice was worth repeated reading, but 'The Butterfly Effect,' and Rygg's following novel "The Golden Section,' should be near the top of anyone's must have list in this genre. Literary prose, and razor sharp dialogue lose little in translation. Add to that deft characterisation, a compelling juxtaposition of the conventional and the disenfranchised sections of society, a page turning plot, and a psychologically fascinating heroine, and you definitely have a 5 star read.

If you liked Louise Welsh's first novel - the name of which escapes me for the moment - you will like this.
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The butterfly effect seems to lack a feeling of continuity,interesting enough to read to the end but leaves me wondering why I did.
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