The Butterfly Sister

Author: Amy Gail Hansen

Publisher: WM Morrow

Release Date: August 6, 2013

Blue Ribbon Rating: 5


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Ruby Rousseau is haunted by her father’s accidental death by a hit-and-run driver the year before and the affair she had at Tarble College for Women. She is trying to get her life back together after she dropped out of college her senior year, right before graduation.

It has been ten months since Ruby left college and moved back with her mom, when she receives a suitcase belonging to an ex-classmate. Ruby is contacted by Detective Pickens about the disappearance of Beth Richards, wanting to know why Ruby has the suitcase.


Ruby is drawn back to Tarble to find out what had happened to Beth and why. In doing so, Ruby is able to confront her own demons and the person who broke her heart. Ruby re-discovers herself and is forced to re-examine the thesis she wrote about all of the female authors who had taken their lives at a young age, and the way it all works into Ruby almost following in their footsteps.


THE BUTTERFLY SISTER is the debut novel by Amy Gail Hansen. Although dark mysteries are not usually my genre of choice, this book is one I am glad I chose to read. This book is a contemporary fiction with a paranormal element. It has all the qualities of a great woman’s fiction without focusing on the romance.  It is written in the present tense about Ruby’s life since college and the ghosts she can’t get out of her head. Then it goes back a year every so often as Ruby relives her life at college, when she was a happy, young innocent woman getting ready for graduation, before her affair and almost tragedy.


I was drawn into this story from the very first page. It keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next and the ending is one I didn’t expect. I loved this book and hope to read more books by this author.

By Romance Junkies Reviewer: Diana S

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