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The Butterfly Clues: murder, mystery and great writing!

Seriously what more do you need? Or I should say what more do I need?

I won a signed hardcover of The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison over a month ago. It sat on my reading pile. And then it sat some more. And some more. So kinda burnt out one night, I picked it up just to read the first few chapters and I knew from the first page that I would love it.

It was the writing.

Here are the opening lines:

I spot her out of the corner of my eye and freeze.
It always happens like this.
My body goes tingly.
Blood thrums in my ears: a low buzz like a faraway swarm of insects, and every cell in my body screams: save her save her save her.
There’s nothing I can do but obey.

Clean. Full of sensory details. A sense of urgency. I absolutely loved it.

I loved that Penelope or Lo struggled with her OCD and the more stressful the situation the worse it got. Dealing with the death of her brother, strained parental relationships and most importantly solving a murder. And it all started when Lo felt the obsession to steal a beautiful antique butterfly figurine that belonged to the victim.

I loved the mystery but the writing…oh the writing I loved. So I’m passing this book recommendation onto you.

What’s the last book you read that the story and writing just absolutely captivated you?

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