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I thought the story was never going to get started. I almost quit before the story started to finally began to unfold.. All I have to say is if you listen to this story you better be ready to tap, tap, tap, banana. Trust me don't waste your credit or time.
I've never been one for murder mysteries and whodunnits. Well, except for Midsommer Murders, and I think my enjoyment of that is more associative as it reminds me of pleasant Sunday evenings with my parents. So it's fairly surprising that I should enjoy a book which is basically a light murder mystery for a YA audience.
Lo, the first person protagonist of The Butterfly Clues, really appealed to me. If you look at some of the reviews of this book around the internet, it seems like she's a character you either like or loathe. This is mostly because of her OCD. Lo has an obsession with the number 3 and its multiples. They are her "safe" numbers. Her illness has also resulted in her becoming a hoarder and a bit of a klepto to boot. Her illness also means she can never pass through any doorway without tapping three times and then saying "banana". She... has problems.
It seems like a lot of readers found her annoying because of her constant counting and her repetitive, obsessive-compulsive nature. A lot of readers seemed to miss the point that Lo felt the same way! It was meant to be irksome, almost an inconvenience to the reader, because that allows us to empathise with her. Imagine not being able to run from a killer until you've touched your toes three times! Scary. I suppose I might be over-estimating authorial intention, but I hope not!
The Butterfly Clues was predictable, at least as far as I was concerned, but it didn't detract from my enjoyment at all. At the end of the day, knowing who the murderer was all along, or finding out more about Lo's brother, even knowing how her relationship with the quirky street artist, Flynt, was all secondary to the more intriguing development of Lo's obsessive nature.
This is a great example of a book which has a fairly obvious destination, but also a well-crafted journey! And that's what matters, right?