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.
"Fascinating. Ellison has the art of page-turning down flat, and readers will be swept up by both the terror—and the romance."
"This book casts a spell over its readers."
"An engaging mystery starring a teen girl with obsessive-compulsive disorder. A pleasing mix of realism, tension, intrigue and romance."
"Poignant and haunting. A gorgeously written debut."
"In a strong, twisty thriller of a debut… [with] a complex and memorable heroine."
"A debut worth picking up. Stark and realistic."
"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."
"Truly and wonderfully beautiful."
“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.”
“With startling insights, lyrical prose, and relentless tension, The Butterfly Clues is a courageous, extraordinary first novel.”
“A heartfelt mystery with a great, intrepid lead character.”
“I felt Lo's compulsions… A really great read.”
“I could not put it down simply because of the sheer beauty of [Kate Ellison's] writing.”
“It is a book that will hook you from the beginning.”
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