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Tinfoil Butterfly

3.30  ·  Rating details ·  725 ratings  ·  175 reviews
Emma is hitchhiking across the United States, trying to outrun a violent, tragic past, when she meets Lowell, the hot-but-dumb driver she hopes will take her as far as the Badlands. But Lowell is not as harmless as he seems, and a vicious scuffle leaves Emma bloody and stranded in an abandoned town in the Black Hills with an out-of-gas van, a loaded gun, and a snowstorm on ...more
Paperback, 264 pages
Published September 10th 2019 by MCD X Fsg Originals
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Aug 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley-arcs
My heart aches, truly.

Emma is trying to escape her past. Her goal is to hitchhike her way to The Badlands. Unfortunately, she is picked up by Lowell and he turns out to be not such a nice guy. Events unfold and she finds herself on the run yet again. She stumbles upon an abandoned diner and takes refuge for the night. She wakes in the morning to discover a young boy in a tin-foil mask pointing her own gun at her. He says his name is Earl, that his mother has died and has been eaten by his fathe
Jul 20, 2019 rated it liked it

Chapter 8 was really good.

2.5 Stars ⭐

I received an ARC from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
Oct 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
**3.5-stars rounded up**

Tinfoil Butterfly is strange and heartbreakingly beautiful.

Meshing real life horrors with subtle fantastical elements, this story has a lot of substance for such a short tale.

Emma is hitchhiking across the United States, trying to reach the Badlands of South Dakota.

Along the way she gets picked up by a man named, Lowell. It doesn't end well.

Fleeing for her life, Emma comes across an abandoned diner where she seeks refuge from an oncoming storm; her van out of gas.

This is
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
"You need to get help before this turns into something even bigger than you want. Believe me, I know. Some choices can't be undone." -- Emma, the protagonist, on page 58

Tinfoil Butterfly is the first novel by Rachel Eve Moulton, and after this interesting debut I hope she has many more tales to share with us - this was an unsettling but very assured piece of storytelling.

Emma is eighteen years old, fleeing suburban Ohio via hitchhiking after some heavy family drama collectively involving her ab
Ashley Daviau
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book just knocked me right off my feet and into yesterday it hit me so hard! I was instantly engrossed and I couldn’t turn the pages fast enough to immergé myself into this fabulously dark and gripping story. It starts off strong, the middle stays strong and the end is just a punch right in the gut. This book has EVERYTHING you could possibly want. It’s dark and haunting and you can just FEEL it settle into your bones until your whole body aches. It’s creepy and insidious and has just the f ...more
Paris (parisperusing)
Rachel Eve Moulton's Tinfoil Butterfly hits like a rush of pure cocaine — a terrifying account of rescue and redemption torn from the pages of Tarantino's handbook.

Freshly wounded by the haunts of her past, a twentysomething runaway named Emma tries to outstrip the vestiges of her former life.

After her hitchhike turns into a bloody carjacking, Emma heads for the Badlands on a suicide pact — but her sweet Veronica leaves her stranded at a diner in an oblivion landscape we come to call the Black H
Chandra Claypool (wherethereadergrows)
A haunting, beautifully written novel about a girl with a torrid past who goes on one journey just to be taken down a different and unexpected path. How she transverses this path is greatly influenced by Earl, an unusual kid with a tinfoil butterfly mask.

When a book is touted as "The Shining meets About a Boy", you tend to have certain expectations walking into the book. I haven't read About a Boy but I can tell you that this is absolutely nothing like the Shining. This debut holds its own and d
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Aug 05, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
2.5 stars

Emma's trying to forget the past and finds herself recklessly hitchhiking across the U.S. with a guy named Lowell who has gone from harmless and dumb to a creepy potential serial killer.

Just outside the Badlands of South Dakota, Emma decides to make a run for it and ends up stranded in an abandoned town with a loaded gun and a snowstorm creeping in.

Emma takes shelter in an old diner where she meets Earl, an odd young boy wearing a tinfoil mask.  Earl creeps her out but she's desperate t
May 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Whoever did comparison promotions for this book should be chastised for shamelessness. But then again I was mainly attracted to this book because something about the oh so unlikely combination of The Shining and About a Boy proved irresistible. Also…inaccurate. Or, if you want to get technical about it, dramatically tangential at best. Yeah, there is a creepy locale, sort of, and a boy, sort of, but that’s about it. The story is really about a young woman named Emma who, following a personal tra ...more
Audra (ouija.doodle.reads)
I was, of course, drawn in by the pitch of this book being like “The Shining meets About a Boy.” What a strange and wonderful combination—I needed to know.

Despite a strong first act, this book lost speed for me in the middle and never fully roped me back in. It is definitely a weird book with innovative writing, strange ideas, and a unique perspective to offer. It is always fun to see what sort of innovation MCD is fostering. I am here for it, but this one just didn’t quite work for me.

The story
Jul 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019, arcs
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Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was ok
I didn't like this book, and I would have rated it only one star except that the writing was quite good - at least for 200 pages. But the last 50 pages or so were ill-conceived and badly executed so that it was hard to follow the story and know what was supposed to be happening. Basically, a young woman is hitchhiking to the Badlands, and a series of unpleasant and unrealistic events occur - including meeting a strange little boy and becoming involved in his miserable family life. The writing wa ...more
I am still not even sure what was real and what wasn't. Is Emma crazy, because I feel that way
sometimes. Is Earl even real? I just didn't get it and was so confused. I am sure some readers will love its weirdness, but me, not so much.

*Thank you to Netgalley, the author, and the publisher for allowing me to read an advanced copy of this book.
Mar 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
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Lindsay Loson
Jul 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you to NetGalley and FSG Books (& MCD x FSG Originals) for this ARC, out September 2019!!

After I had seen a couple of glowing reviews for this novel, and the fact that it is described as a cross between The Shining and About A Boy, I had to have a copy of it. I read it in a little over a day, and only put it down to go to sleep (and even then I really didn't want to). Rachel Eve Moulton sucks you into this story that is about so much more than the connection between a young woman and a sm
Randi (randi_reads)
Oct 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
What an interesting book! I read this based on a recommendation and it did not disappoint. A quick read, too. I read it in two sittings. It's a bit horror with a bit of supernatural. Emma's journey just sucks you in and won't let go. She hasn't had a good life and her journey to the Badlands isn't easy, either. She hitches a ride with Lowell, who turns out to be not a good guy. When he won't let her out of the car, there's some blood shed. Emma ends up at a deserted diner where she meets a young ...more
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was ok
"Once upon a time there was a dark-haired girl who liked to east snow and run away from dead bodies," I say to no one.

I should have loved this more. This odd mix of gore and fright should have been just the story I would have loved. But I got the wrong idea about this book from the top quote on Goodreads. It made me think the plot and the story were going to go a certain way so I was ready for it - the twist that was going to pull it all together. The epiphany and the wake up. I looked for hidde
Oct 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm challenged by this one and it shifts in my estimation as I think about it.
On the one hand, it's a searing, blistering read: a harrowing descent into some bad, bad shit. On the other hand, I think that Moulton was trying to reach things she doesn't quite manage to get to, and the book doesn't quite live up to its setpieces.

But all in all, an interesting one. Willing to grade on a curve for it.
Andy Weston
Jul 20, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: horror
The first half held my interest, but that waned.
Its an attempt to bring a familiar plot up to date. It seems that each time Moulton builds tension it slips away with a passage of ridiculousness.
I must add, I am very picky with my horror.
Oct 25, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: tbr
2.5 stars - this book just wasn't that good to me. It does have an amazing cover though.
Richelle SheReadsHorror
Sep 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I read the tinfoil butterfly and from the synopsis it seemed like it was gonna be a little silly with someone’s face covered in tinfoil as a mask. It wasn’t y’all! That synopsis for this book played the biggest joke on me. I fell hard for this book. It starts with a bang and leaves you emotionally wounded by the end of it. Someone please send me some chocolate... STAT! I’m having a medical emotional book emergency that only chocolate and snuggles can cure.

Emma is hitching hiking to the badlands
Jul 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
No spoilers: It’s best to go into this one knowing very little about it. I had no idea what kind of book this was when I first picked it up. I had heard that it was horror and a real page turner but I didn’t know if the evil in it was supernatural or human in origin. I’m not telling which one it turned out to be! This ultra-violent thriller is more gruesome and appalling than frightening. I would definitely count it as horror because it is absolutely horrific but not really scary. There is a dec ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
This was an intriguing novel that was not exactly what I was expecting from the description, but by the time I realized that, the story had already sucked me in and I had to find out more about Emma and why she seemed to be on her own with a horrid scar on her stomach from pulling out her own stitches. It's not clear at first why Emma so desperately wants to get to the Badlands or what it has to do with her past, but she is obviously willing to risk her life to make it there. When she ends up ha ...more
Paolo Latini
May 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: americans, 2019
An almost perfect horror novel, where a young 18 year old woman finds herself having to take care of a creepy and gruesome 8-year-old kid (hence the reference to About a Boy) in a kind of ghost town where she has to face her own inner demons (and hence the reference to Shining). The style is sure and confident, the rhythm incisive, the book begins in medias res and immediately immerses you in dark and disquieting atmospheres.
Tobin Elliott
May 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook, horror, fiction
I'm a little conflicted about this book because, overall, I found it extremely good, bleak as hell (that's a compliment, by the way), and very well written.

I have to say (without spoiling anything), that I had two issues with the back end of the book. The first is the dumb decision that occurred with the last visit to the underground area that I won't say any more about (you'll know it when you get there). No amount of justification will convince me that the decision chosen would have ever been
Danni The Girl
Oct 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020-reading
I read a review of this book and instantly bought the book.

It is a weird story, but something about it just hooks you in completely. Emma has had a rough time, and she is running away, but is running away the answer?
This book is just constantly on the go, there is no rest, no breathing time, it is just go go go. It is fast paced and interesting. It also has a very dark side that gets thrown in to the mix. There seems to be quite a few themes mixed in with this. I think I am just rambling. Just
Shahna (VanquishingVolumes)
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Hatchet Mouth
Feb 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
Another entry for the Bad Ending Club. Whatever metaphor Moulton was trying to convey with that last paragraph, its meaning eluded me. Otherwise, a great novel, although I do think some other reviewers hyped this one for the wrong reasons. The Emma character is a legit bad ass without ever coming across as whiny. I think the author tried to be a little too elusive at times with the characters' motivations.

Ever watched an episode of Lost or Twin Peaks where the characters are hinting at all these
Lynne Lambdin
Nov 20, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
This review is going to be short and sweet. Mostly because I read this back in September and am now just getting to writing this now.

I found this book through one of my trusted reviewers. I found that her ratings tend to align with mine along with the interest in darker novels. While the book ratings weren’t stellar, she had me intrigued. So I picked this one up from NetGalley and gobbled it up in less than 24 hours like a starving, deprived reader.

Tinfoil Butterfly is a decently entertaining
Octavia (ReadsWithDogs)
"He isn't sure what he's capable of.
I know that feeling. I've worried my whole life that I'm crazy."

Oooph. This book.💔

Such a strange journey this little book took me on. The writing was so intense and tangible I felt like I could taste smoke on my tongue and my body is tense from holding itself in a stress position as I finished reading.

I felt for Earl and Emma and I wanted more of the darling little butterfly that is Earl, but the main story is the gritty background that is Emma's life and whi
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