Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Publisher: Egmont USA
Release Date: February 14th, 2012
Number of Pages: 325
How I Got This Book: e-ARC from Netgalley
My Rating: 5/5
"Penelope (Lo) Marin has always loved to collect beautiful things. Her dad's consulting job means she's grown up moving from one rundown city to the next, and she's learned to cope by collecting (sometimes even stealing) quirky trinkets and souvenirs in each new place—possessions that allow her to feel at least some semblance of home.
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."
First, a big thank you to Egmont USA and Netgalley for the opportunity to read this book in exchange for an honest review!
I am not normally a big fan of mysteries/thrillers. One of the things that attracted me to this book was that the main character, Lo, has OCD (as I may have mentioned before, I love reading anything about psychological disorders as that is one of my areas of study in college). But, I have to say this - WOW. Why did I take so long to read this?? Why aren't more people reading this?? It was AWESOME!
Lo was a wonderfully developed character. Ellison did a really good job of giving the reader insight into how severe Lo's OCD truly was. I could feel the tension in her body before she counted things and her panic if things were not the "right" number. At the beginning of the book we knew that she was upset because her brother, Oren was gone...but the whole story behind Oren's disappearance is revealed in pieces throughout the book. And we find out that not only is Lo feeling grief, but guilt as well.
One day, Lo accidentally witnesses a murder, and is very close to being a victim herself. She cannot get the event out of her mind. She becomes completely obsessed with finding out who the murderer is, and why he did what he did. Along the way, she meets Flynt - an unusual, but charismatic young man living on the streets of "Neverland" (the bad part of town where the murder took place) and he becomes her tour guide. She finds herself falling for him, but is there reason to suspect him of being the murderer?
I loved this book, and would highly recommend it to anyone who likes a good page turning thriller, with a dash of romance! :)