The Butterfly Sister: Book summary and reviews of The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen

The Butterfly Sister

A Novel

By Amy Gail Hansen

The Butterfly Sister
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2013,
    320 pages.

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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.

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"Some truly bizarre characters people the story and some surprises defy credulity, but this thriller remains rewarding reading." - Publishers Weekly

"Despite some implausible coincidences, Hansen's debut cleverly entwines these literary ghosts into a suspenseful and swiftly paced light mystery." - Kirkus Reviews

"Hansen's first novel is heartfelt, suspenseful and very, very satisfying!" - Nancy Woodruff, author of My Wife's Affair

"I loved it. That book is the perfect beach read... girls who like dishy romantic thrillers are going to go nuts for it this summer. I myself couldn't put it down til I was done, like it was a big fat pina colada." - Meg Cabot, New York Times bestselling author

"That rare thing, a dark mystery that also works on your heart, 'The Butterfly Sister' is a beguiling, terrifying story and Amy Gail Hansen a true find." - Jacquelyn Mitchard, New York Times bestselling author of The Deep End of the Ocean

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Rated 5 of 5 of 5 by lizfehribach
Best seller gives juicy dark thrillers!!
Kept me on my toes the whole time, i eagerly flipped the pages biting my nails to see what awaits ruby! Every detail in the book matters and has a purpose in the end. Amy gail hansen is a true a star! Waiting for a second book of hers to read!

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Born in the Chicago suburbs, Amy Gail Hansen spent her early childhood near New Orleans. She holds a BA in English from Carthage College in Kenosha, Wisconsin. A former English teacher, she works as a freelance writer and journalist in suburban Chicago, where she lives with her husband and three children. The Butterfly Sister is her debut novel.

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