Author: Kate Ellison
Published: Egmont USA, 14 February 2012
Summary: 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. (Taken from Goodreads)
Thoughts: I’m always a fan of mysteries and so I was really intrigued with The Butterfly Clues especially when I found out that the main character Lo, has OCD and well my favourite television programme just so happens to be about a detective with OCD. However, they’re not the same but I still really enjoyed The Butterfly Clues. Not to mention that I love the cover, it’s absolutely gorgeous.
I sat down and started reading The Butterfly Clues and I got swept up in all the mystery. Lo becomes obsessed with a girl who got murdered and she feels that if she can solve this mystery it might give her some closure about her brother’s death. Not only do you not know who killed Sapphire and why but you also don’t know what happened to Lo’s brother Oren for a really long time.
While I have to say that I absolutely loved the mystery surrounding these two events I found that towards the end I was getting swept up in all of the emotions too. It was so well done and I just couldn’t help myself but feel Lo’s pain with her.
One thing I really loved was that there’s things that are hinted at throughout the whole novel and so you get this vague idea of what’s going on in Lo’s life and in the whole murder and everything and then you get to see the whole picture and it is just so emotionally wrenching that I couldn’t help but tear up.
I had guessed the whole whodunit part of the story but that wasn’t really the main part of the story. The main part was Lo and how she was so emotionally broken after her brother’s death, how her whole family is broken after Oren’s death. There were so many scenes that I felt were quite heart-wrenching to be honest.
Overall, I absolutely adored The Butterfly Clues, I thought it was really touching and so emotional, not to mention a great mystery. I don’t really know what else to say about it other than it’s a truly amazing book, and I look forward to reading more by Kate Ellison.