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Dale WardKirja-arvosteluja

Teoksen Killing the Butterfly tekijä

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2.5 stars, rounding down. The writing in this book was very simplistic. It read very much like a conversation. Not a lot of description or flowing language; very short and to the point. After reading the novel, the author mentioned that this grew from a short story he had previously written so perhaps this is the reason. Because of the writing, it was a very quick read and I found that I didn’t want to put it down near the end. I wasn’t surprised by the ending but I wanted to see exactly how things were tied up. The author’s tone was a little strange as the story centers on Patty and her abuser, Roy. At times, some of the things that were said or done were so absurd and madcap that it seemed like he was trying to be funny and make light of it. Even the title has that feel, so just a bit confusing. Thank you to the publisher and LibraryThing for the free copy.
 
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slittleson | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 2, 2024 |
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3.5 stars

Teenager Patty comes from a home where she has been abused by her father. Her mother is not much better, but when she dies, Patty has only her aunt to live with. Which is fine until she starts school and ends up getting involved with reprobate Roy. She slowly spends more and more time with her abusive boyfriend away from her aunt’s house. William is a loner, but manages to fall for Maggie, but some time after they are married, Maggie starts getting on his nerves. When they decide to spend a week out at Maggie’s sister’s cabin, the two couples intersect.

I thought this was a good story, but be warned that it is quite violent. It is frustrating to “watch” Patty not even try to get away from her abuser, but from what I hear that’s not completely inaccurate. At first I couldn’t figure out where William and Maggie fit into the story, but I figured it would eventually make sense, and it did.½
 
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LibraryCin | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Aug 31, 2022 |
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2.5 stars, rounding down. The writing in this book was very simplistic. It read very much like a conversation. Not a lot of description or flowing language; very short and to the point. After reading the novel, the author mentioned that this grew from a short story he had previously written so perhaps this is the reason. Because of the writing, it was a very quick read and I found that I didn’t want to put it down near the end. I wasn’t surprised by the ending but I wanted to see exactly how things were tied up. The author’s tone was a little strange as the story centers on Patty and her abuser, Roy. At times, some of the things that were said or done were so absurd and madcap that it seemed like he was trying to be funny and make light of it. Even the title has that feel, so just a bit confusing. Thank you to the publisher and LibraryThing for the free copy.
 
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slittleson | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jul 6, 2022 |
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This book's worst sin is in the description of a character who had suffered extensive sexual abuse as a child, only to then be able to have consensual sex with no flashbacks because she was drunk. This is not how sexual abuse works, this is not how surviving works, and this is not how the world works.

In addition, for a book described as a thriller, this was pretty darn boring. The only tension in the book comes at the very end, when the two couples meet. While it is possible to feel sorry for one of the four main characters, none of them are more than 2-dimensional or particularly likable.
 
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Jammies | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 22, 2022 |
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I had high hopes for this book based on the synopsis. However, I had a very hard time getting into the story. I found some of the scenes upsetting and the rest of the story didn't make up for it. I found some editing errors that threw me and didn't find the ending satisfying. I would personally would not recommend this book to others. It was just not my cup of tea.
 
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kellerdean | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 14, 2022 |
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Patty has lost her mother in a car accident. She is going to live with her Aunt Meredith. She has suffered abuse by her father as a child. She tries to fit into her new environment and school, but remains isolated mostly.
She acquires a lab partner in science class. His name is Roy. They become a couple, but with bad things that happen between the two of them.
William works long and hard at his company and should be the next person up for a promotion. He marries Maggie (a non-stop talker). Life becomes a bit of a headache for William.
These four people are thrown together near the end of the book and it takes the story wider and busier. Strange how life is so small.


 
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JReynolds1959 | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Jun 11, 2022 |
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This was...not good. I finished it, but just to see what sort of resolution the author was able to conjure up. There were some good elements, like one character's slow burn into a Falling Down-esque breakdown, but the main antagonist in the story was a poorly-drawn caricature of the worst of male behavior. As another reviewer said, the ending seemed rushed and didn't offer much reward for having to sit with these characters for an entire (short) novel. Being my first early review title, I was excited to receive this title and give it an honest appraisal, but if not for that, this would not have been something I would traditionally have stuck with.½
 
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ddig | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 9, 2022 |
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There's nothing like a shitty male author trying to write from the perspective of an abused woman. I never would have asked to read this book for early reviewers if I knew it involved the rape of a child, Dale.

There were so many sentences that were only half written I felt like I was having a stroke reading this and I stopped before I hit page 40. There was little to no thought behind the structure of paragraphs.

The real crime is that someone would actually publish this trash.½
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Sammi.Smith | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 7, 2022 |
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I would like to thank the LibraryThing Early Reviewer program and Black Rose Writing for the chance to read "Killing the Butterfly" in exchange for an honest review.

I was attracted by the blurb on this bok, describing it as a kind of maniacally crazed thriller. Patty is leading a dead-end life; by 16 she's already endured more than anyone should have to. And even though she has dreams, it looks like her choices are few and far between at best. Once Roy enters her life it seems as if all her dreams have gone up in smoke. Or have they? For all that life has beaten her down, she retains a glimmer of hope that refuses to die.

Though there are two separate story lines taking place for most of this book, I found myself frustrated by the jumps between the characters. But more frustrating for me was the unfinished feel of the ending. I wanted more from the characters than I got. But all told it's a solid afternoon-at-the-beach kind of read.
 
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Isisunit | 8 muuta kirja-arvostelua | May 5, 2022 |