The Butterfly Sister: A Novel

The Butterfly Sister: A Novel

by Amy Gail Hansen
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The Butterfly Sister: A Novel by Amy Gail Hansen

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062234629
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 08/06/2013
Edition description: Original
Pages: 298
Sales rank: 809,622
Product dimensions: 5.31(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.72(d)

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.

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The Butterfly Sister 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 31 reviews.
CMKmom More than 1 year ago
This was a mystery story - it involved young college girls, a professor who seduced them, an apparent murder, and a backdrop of beautiful New Orleans. This was a well written and conceived story - the characters were well enough defined the reader was interested them and in what comes next. I look forward to reading her next book. This one was a good deal better than some by well established authors.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a suspenseful light mystery that kept me reading till the end.I thought it was a strong debut novel. I did enjoy the mood and the characters in it altho a few instances were just toi conveniently timed ...other parts of the story held my interest.
JoyAnneTN More than 1 year ago
A year ago Ruby couldn't handle life anymore, she had lost her father and the professor she was in love with ended their relationship leaving her feeling like such a fool. Seeing no way out she felt she had to end it all and unsuccessfully attempted suicide. She leaves college and moves to Chicago, later she finds her former roommate is missing and she must return to the college to look for her.  This isn't one of those typical "girl plays detective" novels, it's an interesting, well written, story with lots of twists and turns that kept me wondering what did actually happen. The ending, though wrapped up nicely, was a bit of a disappointment... it was an OK ending but I was hoping for more. There are interesting characters, a good plot, and enough suspense to make this a wonderful read!  I received a copy of this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
GracieO More than 1 year ago
This book was slow going in a number of chapters but in the end it was worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The characters, the relationships, the imagery, the emotions, the dialogue, the plot ... one surprise after another. Excellent read.
StephWard More than 1 year ago
4.5 Stars 'The Butterfly Sister' is a thrilling mystery that follows main character Ruth Rousseau as she is reluctantly drawn into the mystery of her former dorm mate and friend's disappearance. After a scandalous affair with a professor and the depression and attempted suicide that followed, Ruth doesn't want to think about her old school, Tarble, or her time spent there. All that changes one day when a strange suitcase arrives at her door with her name on it. Ruth realizes that the suitcase actually belongs to her old dorm mate from college, Beth Richards. When Ruth attempts to return the suitcase, she finds out that Beth disappeared two days earlier and the suitcase that Ruth has is the only evidence to be found. If Ruth is to discover what happened to Beth and to attempt to save her before it's too late, she must delve into her past - her time at Tarble, the people from her past, and the memories she's tried so hard to bury - and eventually realizes that the only place to find real answers is her old school itself. This was a very well written and taut thriller that is an exceptional novel for a debut author. The characters were all very well done, especially Ruth. She has so many layers to her - she has tried to put her past and all of it's pain behind her, but it continues to affect her even all these years later. She proves to be a devoted friend and will do anything it takes to do what's right - even if that means revisiting all the pain and heartbreak that she's been hiding from for years. The plot was very fast paced with lots of great twists and turns that I didn't see coming. I love thrillers and mysteries - I always try to figure out what's really going on before the characters do, but I was truly at a loss with this one. The mystery had major revelations and connections that nobody saw coming - the characters or the reader - and I was completely engrossed until the last page. The writing was incredibly well done and I was astonished that it was the author's debut novel. It was very fast paced and all the layers of the mystery wove together to make a fascinating narrative. Overall, this was a captivating mystery thriller with tons of intriguing twists that will keep you guessing until the end. Highly recommended for fans of mystery and thrillers and those looking for a very well written novel with a fantastic mystery. Disclosure: I received a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a great read. Suspenseful and intriguing
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Great!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put this book down. I spent the whole day reading this
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mzsamz21 More than 1 year ago
I read this book last year, and I recommend it to every girl who thinks they aren't good enough for a guy. This book will create a picture for you while you are reading it. I am glad she found tru love in the end but that was so messed up about her  teacher. The girls missing and the connection to school is crazy!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First book i have read of hers and will start looking for others, this was really good
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NookGirlPA More than 1 year ago
This was a very good book. As I kept reading the chapters, I kept saying to myself, "Well I didn't see that coming!" Buy it and read it, you won't be sorry.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Worth reading. Sometimes a bit too many twists, but the characters are generally likeable. Great dialogue and descriptions.
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MissBethBC More than 1 year ago
Well, I was thoroughly invested in this psychological thriller and I read throughout the night to finish this work. I rated it five stars. It was very easy to read and follow as it gripped my hearstrings and played them like a harp! I could easily relate to all the ups and downs of the students at Tarble. Ruby Rousseau, our main character, fell for her English professor and he, Mark Sutter, certainly had eyes for her too. Little did she realize she was just one of many students to fall for the Professor's charms. The old saying, easy come, easy go, usually refers to how fast we can pass money until we have no more, but it equally applied to the love Mark Sutter was passing around. He loved hard and left them wanting more. An all girl's school you wouldn't think would encounter a user and abuser of women, but no one saw the threat from within the college faculty. Believe me, there were turns and twists you couldn't see coming until the truth about another professor was exposed. When that happened you felt the angst of these young women who had been manipulated like marionette puppets in the effort to even the score with Mark Sutter. It was an intriguing tale, well plotted and thought out and it provoked in this reader diverse feelings as I read.  I was angry, I was frightened for the girls, I was sad. And I was relieved with the ending being what it was. I would highly recommend this read to anyone who enjoys a psychological thriller.
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