Monday, July 8, 2013

The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison-Optional

Ellison, Kate The Butterfly Clues, 325 pgs. Egmont USA, 2012. $17.99. Language: R (89 swears, 4 “F”); Violence: PG-13; Mature Themes: PG-13

When Lo’s brother, Oren, died what compulsions she had previously been able to control begin to take over her life. As she become increasingly obsessed with the memory of Oren she finds herself drawn into the mystery of a local woman’s murder. When Lo begins to piece together the clues she has discovered, she finds herself drawn out of safe suburbia and into the seedy underground world that holds the answers to all of her questions.

Lo’s myriad of psychological disorders (OCD and kleptomania being the main issues) are intriguing in the beginning, but unfortunately what seems to be intended as a subplot to the main story of the murder mystery takes over and becomes an unnecessary distraction. In the end there are three competing stories, none of which work. The vast number of plot holes, the incredible number of times the reader is forced to suspend belief to allow the plot to progress, and an inappropriate glamorization of life on the streets makes for a frustrating read.

HS—Optional. AEB Social Studies Teacher

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