This little literary mystery peaked my interest at the mention of Virginia Woolf.
Our narrator, Ruby, has recently attempted suicide and dropped out of college. A few months into writing obits, a suitcase arrives at her front door that she once borrowed from an old dorm mate, Beth, who has gone missing. In the suitcase, Ruby finds a beat up copy of Virginia Wolf’s A Room of One’s Own with a clue nestled inside that leads her on a mission to find out what happened to Beth. Shenanigans ensue. Plus, literary ghosts.
If you’re heading to the beach anytime soon, this is the perfect read for a sun soaked vacation. Even more so if you are a book nerd or former English major such as Ruby. Her senior thesis centers around female authors who have famously and gruesomely ended their own lives which adds an extra layer of funness (a word that should exist) to the psychological thriller within Hansen’s pages. And if you’re not reading too hard, you’ll have a great time.
The Butterfly Sister reads quickly and entertains in a commercial fiction sort of way. The writing is passable if slightly lacking a seasoned quality. Little things bugged me like continuously calling New Orleans the Crescent City. Sometimes sentences didn’t flow very well which I noticed but perhaps others would just fly right past. I also think the first half is much stronger than the conclusion which bordered on convoluted, clunky, and predictable. However, there were enough surprises along the way to adequately hold my interest. I think the biggest flaw might be how utterly forgettable the plot will inevitably be – I’ve already forgotten most of the details. So pick this one up before the long, lazy summer days come to close and you shouldn’t be too disappointed.
Have you read any other beachy gems this summer? Do you like a bit of mystery while you’re sitting pool side?
Thanks to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for a copy of The Butterfly Sister in exchange for my honest review. Check out the other tour stops!
About the Author:
A former English teacher, Amy Gail Hansen is a freelance writer and journalist living in suburban Chicago. This is her first novel.
16 thoughts on “The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen”
I was hoping to read this one over the summer, but so far I haven’t. It sounds like one of those that can wait a bit longer for me though.
Have a nice week Brooke,
No need to rush – just pick it up when your brain needs a break.
Shenanigans! Love that 😉 I’d really like to pick this one at some point. I think the author is visiting my local indie store soon which is great incentive as well. Lovely review 😀
I love author events and think you should definitely go!
Nice review! This story sounds nice, it’s almost summer here so I might consider it. The cover is nice too
The cover is pretty. Something to look forward to once y’all reach the end of winter.
Were you reading an ARC or a finished copy? It sounds like this author has some promise.
It was a finished copy! She definitely has major promise, just some first novel weaknesses.
I love a good literary mystery too, I’ll definitely look out for this one. Great review 🙂
A fun, quick slump buster!
What a beautiful cover! I think you’re the second top on this tour that has mentioned the ending being almost too complicated to believe though. Personally, I’m more likely to go for a light romance as a beach read, but I’ll also pick up a cozy mystery or some women’s fiction 🙂
Yeah, the second half had its issues, but still a decent time when you’re in the right mood!
Thanks for being a part of the tour.
Thanks for having me!
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I just interviewed the author Amy Gail Hansen. Feel free to check it out on my blog at http://damiandaily.wordpress.com/2013/11/05/author-interview-amy-gail-hansen/.