Title: The Butterfly Sister
Author: Amy Gail Hansen
Release Date: August 6, 2013
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Rating: 4 out of 5
Ruby Rousseau has tried to put her past behind her after, 10 months ago, she dropped out of Tarble College due to depression. But things catch up with her when an airline delivers lost luggage to her house—only it’s not Ruby’s luggage. It belongs to a former classmate, Beth, though Ruby lent her the suitcase months ago. But when Ruby reaches out to Beth, she discovers that her old friend has gone missing. As Ruby starts digging into Beth’s disappearance, she becomes convinced that everything ties back to Tarble College and the circumstances that forced Ruby to leave the school.
The Butterfly Sister is a unique novel packed to the brim with secrets. Ruby is a great character, though she has a lot of self-doubt. Her experiences at Tarble really did a number on her, and as the truth about her past slowly unfolds, readers will feel indignation and anger on Ruby’s behalf. Readers will thoroughly enjoy getting to know Ruby; she’s smart, resourceful, and it’s great to see her find her inner strength as the novel progresses.
One of the most enjoyable things about The Butterfly Sister is how smart it is. Ruby’s incredibly bright, and is an English major, so it’s great to follow her on her studies. Readers are treated to intelligent discussions about female writers and poets on every page. Additionally the academic setting only serves to heighten the tension and suspense of the novel. Hansen does a great job with this aspect of the novel; it makes it very enjoyable to read.
The story of The Butterfly Sister will draw in even the most detached of readers; it’s completely engaging. There are some aspects of the plot that are predictable, but others are surprising twists and turns. As Ruby progresses with her investigation, she’s drawn into a twisted web of lies and deception. Hansen does an admirable job keeping readers guessing and wondering what might come next.
If you’re looking for a unique read that will really please any audience, young or old, male or female, The Butterfly Sister is a great choice. Readers will appreciate Ruby for both her strengths and weaknesses, and they’ll be drawn into the twisty plot from the very first page. I, for one, will certainly be keeping a very close eye on what Hansen does next.