William Morrow - Fiction
298 pp. - includes Q & A with author and Reading Group Discussion Questions
The Butterfly Sister is about Ruby Rousseau, a woman who left college without graduating after the painful end of an affair.
When a suitcase is delivered to Ruby's home by mistake and it turns out the owner, Beth (from whom she borrowed the suitcase briefly, the label changed to Ruby's address and never switched back) has gone missing, Ruby returns to her former college in search of answers, finding mystery, danger, and a much deeper story of broken lives than she ever could have imagined.
I found The Butterfly Sister gripping, once I got into it, but there are a few scenes that I found uncomfortable because they were poorly written (with stilted dialogue), a few misused words and occasional mixed-tense problems. The farther you get into the book, the better it becomes, though. So, while I had to shut off my internal editor for a time and I didn't love the heroine, in the end I enjoyed the read and found the ending satisfying.
Recommended to readers who like a touch of mystery and a New Orleans setting (which is only occasionally used, but authentic). The Butterfly Sister has been promoted as a great "beach read" and I would agree with that. It's fairly light reading, if a bit dark - great for travel.
I received a copy of The Butterfly Sister from William Morrow in return for an unbiased review.
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