Penelope “Lo” Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things.
But in the year since her brother’s death, Lo’s hoarding has blossomed into a full-blown, potentially dangerous obsession. When she discovers a beautiful antique butterfly figurine and recognizes it as having been stolen from the home of a recently murdered girl known only as Sapphire, Lo becomes fixated.
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—a world much closer to home than she ever imagined.
Kate Ellison’s 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.
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Kate Ellison trained as an actor in Chicago and has walked across the entire country of Spain. A painter and jewelry maker, Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York. The Butterfly Clues is her first novel.Review:
* “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
*“This book casts a spell over its readers.”—SLJ Starred Review
“An engaging mystery starring a teen girl with obsessive-compulsive disorder. A pleasing mix of realism, tension, intrigue and romance.”
“ . . . a strong, twisty thriller of a debut . . . [with] a complex and memorable heroine.”—Publishers Weekly
“Lo’s relationship with the mysterious street boy who calls himself Flynt, layered on top of her almost supernatural loneliness and helpless compulsions, gives the novel an otherworldly quality.”—VOYA
“A debut worth picking up. Stark and realistic.”—RTBooks
“Poignant and haunting. A gorgeously written debut.”—Lynn Weingarten, author of Wherever Nina Lies and The Secret Sisterhood of Heartbreakers
“A clever mystery, an unlikely romance, an edge-of-your-seat thriller and one of the most wonderful books I’ve read. Here’s the only clue you need—read this book and be amazed.”
—Charles Benoit, author of You and Fall from Grace
“With startling insights, lyrical prose, and relentless tension, Butterfly Clues is a courageous, extraordinary first novel.”—Heidi Ayarbe, IRA-winning author of Freeze Frame
“A stunning and intricately woven debut novel.”—The Princess of Storyland
“A heartfelt mystery with a great, intrepid lead character.” —Jessie, bibliophile... anonymous
“I could not put it down simply because of the sheer beauty of [Kate Ellison's] writing.
—Tia, The Undead Unicorn
“The plot is tightly wound and the story is very compelling. If you are looking for a good mystery, I highly recommend this one.”—Booktwirps
“Extremely refreshing and interesting and honestly, really really really good.”
—Valen, The Readers Heartstring
“How on earth do I explain to you how much I loved The Butterfly Clues? It seems like anything I say just won't be enough. This book is amazing.”—Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile
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Book Description Brilliance Audio, 2012. Compact Disc. Book Condition: Brand New. unabridged edition. 5.50x5.10x0.80 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # 145589401X