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.
Lo is a very different character. She has to have certain things happen, and she has favourite numbers, safe numbers like 3, 6, and 9, she has to "tap, tap, tap, banana" to feel safe, and she gets this compulsion to take peoples things. She was an awesome character! Loved her!
She goes back and forth on who the killer is, but she figures it out. Just in time for some bad things to happen, but there's a happy ending! Perfect for both her, and Flynt. Loved that!
I really felt sorry for her about her brother, and then that became very, very, very important, and made things just very sad, but this was a really good book!
This was a fantastic book, so go check it out now!
Author: Kate Ellison
Read: October 25th-27th, 2011
Reason Why: I liked the sound of it!
Expected Publication: February 14th 2012