The Butterfly Sister

The past has a tricky way of catching up to us. Ruby Rousseau knows this better than anyone. After dropping out of college her senior year due to having visions of dead authors and an affair that turned tragic, she has been running and hiding from the events that transpired that year. However she finds herself confronted face first when a suitcase turns up at her home one morning. It belonged her college friend Beth, who is now missing. Ruby feeling so close to the case throws herself in waist deep as she tries to find out what happened to Beth, and ultimately what happened to herself that fateful senior year.

Haunted is the best word to describe this amazing novel. From the first chapter we are thrust into the intricate weavings of the story. In the beginning every other chapter is a flashback to Ruby’s senior year, and we get a firsthand account of what went so wrong to make her drop out of college. Ruby’s depression felt so real to me, her character was very tangible on the page which made the story so much easier to fall in love with. By the middle of the book things catch up to the present tense and the pace picks up tremendously. I had chills flowing through me as answers came from an unlikely person, and the stunning conclusion still has me speechless. I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a good thriller, mystery or who is just looking for a great book to read.

Book Blurb for The Butterfly Sister

In The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen—a moving Gothic tale that intertwines mystery, madness, betrayal, love, and literature—a fragile young woman must silence the ghosts of her past.

Ten months after dropping out of all-girl Tarble College, Ruby Rousseau is still haunted by the memories of her senior year, a time marred by an affair with her English professor and a deep depression that caused her to question her sanity.

When a mysterious suitcase arrives bearing Ruby's name and address, she tries to return it to its rightful owner, Beth—a dorm-mate at Tarble—only to learn that Beth disappeared two days earlier.

With clues found in the luggage, including a tattered copy of Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One's Own, which Ruby believes instigated her madness, she sets out to uncover the truth.

Night Owl Reviews Sep, 2013 5.00