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The Butterfly Game Paperback – March 17, 2014
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The characters are well devoloped and the plot is unique. The one descriptive word that comes to my mind is CHILLING. I thoroughly enjoyed this one from beginning to end. If you only get a chance to read a few good books a year; make this one of them. You will be glad you did.
Genevieve Lewiston is young and beautiful, the popular and photogenic Butterfly Girl for Butterfly Cosmetics. Her life is bright with promise, until a madman zeroes in on her. Genevieve is drugged, wrapped in a plastic cocoon with a butterfly laid on her chest, and left to die in a remote area. By some miracle, she survives, and in an attempt to escape a haunted past begins a new life in St. Augustine FL. She transforms herself into Jenny Lewis, a shy, withdrawn school teacher, and struggles to forget her nightmare.
Despite her plain, frumpy appearance, coach Nick Jensen finds Jenny appealing. A man with Nick's good looks could have just about any woman, but he's not interested in anyone but Jenny. She has misgivings, but soon begins a half hearted relationship with Nick. Jenny firmly believes there can be no happiness, no love or romance, no happily ever after for her. She knows eventually the murderer will come after her again.
When Sam Conway shows up on her doorstep, Jenny knows the past has resurfaced. Sam is a cop and friend from the time that Jenny almost died. He comes with a horrifying message. If she does not become the beautiful Genevieve again, the killer will murder one girl a week until she does. Bodies have been turning up wrapped in plastic all over Florida. Jenny can't live with causing any more deaths, and so she plays along with Sam. Can Sam and Nick keep her alive while flushing out a demented serial killer? Jenny doesn't think they can.
The Butterfly Game was a chilling read. Ms. Marlow does an excellent job of building suspense, taking us into the killer's demented mind and hiding his identity until the very end. Her characters are well developed and believable. If you enjoy a tasty murder mystery, by all means give this one a try.
All the characters in The Butterfly Game are well-developed and complex, and the plot is refreshingly original. The scenes inside the killer's head are horrifying and heartbreaking at the same time--no easy feat. The technical information about butterflies is woven seamlessly into the narrative, and the ending is an oh-my-gosh, eye-widening surprise that leaves no loose ends. An all-around wonderful read.
Gloria Davidson Marlow has crafted an outstanding mystery. Her characters are deftly drawn and her plot is utterly compelling. Marlow follows closely in the footsteps of Mary Higgins Clark. "The Butterfly Game" is a must read for mystery fans!