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Tinfoil Butterfly: A Novel

3.65  ·  Rating details ·  48 ratings  ·  30 reviews
The Shining meets About a Boy in this electrifying debut about a troubled young woman and a lonely boy facing their demons in the frozen Black Hills.

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, a
Paperback, 272 pages
Expected publication: September 10th 2019 by MCD x FSG Originals
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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.
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Rachel Eve Moulton's Tinfoil Butterfly is a story made 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 Hi
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
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
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
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, snack-reads
A solid snack-read of a creepy thriller.

A fellow book group member loosed the term 'snack-read' at our last meeting and now I refuse to stop using it because it's perfect in every way. It encapsulates a very specific reading experience. Something tasty. Something quick. Something that satisfies without a whole lot of work on the reader's part. A literary SNICKERS.

This book is that. It's salacious, eerie, suspenseful, violent escapism to the tune of a good slasher film.

Emma's hitching away from
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.
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 really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: first-reads
You know those feel-good books that leave you with a smile on your face after you read them? This is not it. As disturbing as it's possible to be, some of its powerful images are burnt into my mind, from the mask worn by Earl, a little boy that Emma meets while running from a bad guy, to the dilapidated buildings where the action takes place. Emma is not the most balanced person and some her actions are shocking. The synopsis describes this book as The Shining meets About a Boy but to me it was ...more
May 15, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: edelweiss, fiction, horror
The publicity for this book is describing it as The Shining meets About a Boy, and I don't think it's doing itself any favors there. I've only seen the movie version of About a Boy, so I can't speak with authority there, but that definitely seemed to be an overall more lighthearted, emotional story than this gritty, mountain noir/horror novel. And while The Shining is a horror novel set in the winter mountains, it's got a much greater sense of claustrophobia and menace. That book is out to scare ...more
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Stephen King meets Carmen Maria Machado in this complex and multi layered debut novel by Rachel Eve Moulton. One part creepy sadistic psychological thriller, another part a redemptive story about finding your way out of the darkness life can smother you with. Moulton’s writing Is illuminating and reveling , like a paper cut, this story slices quick and slowly continues to bleed out till the final page. I finished this in three separate sittings but could have easily devoured it in one fast paced ...more
Michelle  Hogmire
Jul 11, 2019 rated it really liked it
The Center for Fiction First Novel Prize Submission Review #7 (expected pub date Sept 10, 2019/big thanks to MCD x FSG for the advance copy):
Tinfoil Butterfly is a wild book. The reader’s thrown right into the chaotic life of Emma—a young woman with a severe stomach scar, who’s on the run from her problems in the Black Hills. After shooting a man who’s essentially kidnapped her, Emma gets involved with an odd boy named Earl; he hides his face with a homemade tinfoil mask in the shape of a butter
Jul 28, 2019 rated it did not like it
Shelves: 2019
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May 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Tinfoil Butterfly is a smart, page-turning literary novel, that will get shelved as horror because of its dark and suspenseful plotting, but it has much that appeals to readers (like myself) who don't necessarily gravitate to the horror genre. The message is ultimately hopeful and redemptive. The protagonist, Emma, reveals that, although we can't escape our mistakes and our trauma, we are not defined by them; we have a capacity to heal and to change, to connect to other people who can help us th ...more
Tarrah Marie
May 13, 2019 rated it it was ok
This book may contain triggers for some readers.

A debut novel by Rachel Eve Moulton that explores a very dark and very chilling silhouette of childhood abuse and what is left in the wake of such atrocities. As one character runs to escape her abusive past, she is put in circumstance to help another stand up to his. The storyline gives that dire, shock-and-awe sensation that readers in this genre crave but only due to the abundance of horrendous brutality that is portrayed. The plot lacks a certa
Kim McGee
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Emma is in trouble. Her body is a mess, her boyfriend isn't who she thought he was and not what she needed and she is hitching to the Black Hills with a bad guy. She escapes a bad situation only to end up in a worse one. Now she finds herself in a ghost town in a van without gas, evil lurking around everywhere and one poor little soul who may be her salvation if she can just get them out of there. As you read you can't help but think that it can't get any worse for them and then it does. It is a ...more
Donna Hines
Apr 29, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, arc
Emma is on the run from a violent past. Sadly she comes across Lowell who creates further challenges when he abuses her and leaves her for dead in the Badlands with a van that's on empty, a storm on its way, and a loaded gun.
She makes her way to a local diner only to uncover a young man wearing a mask hiding scars and wishing to do away with his father 'George.'
Earl has lost his mother and requires Emma's assistance to live together in this eerily lonely community.
Enter twist and turns of variou
May 12, 2019 rated it liked it
TINFOIL BUTTERFLY combines a few things I like: dysfunctional family drama, makeshift road trip gone awry, and scary, weird things happening. But this is one of those more plot-driven books that was good enough for me to want to finish (that need to know the ending), but not good enough for me to actually care that much about. The type of family drama was incesty and a total turn-off for me, and I wonder if had that one element been different would I have been more invested? Hard to say, but thi ...more
Ginger Pollard
Aug 09, 2019 rated it liked it
Strange, weird, odd, crazy, these are words I would use to describe this book!
Yet I couldn't put it down! Each chapter has a huge cliffhanger that is irresistible! I had to read what happened next.
This book has been compared to The Shining. It's being way overdramatic to make the comparison. Read it in one night.
I received an ARC of this book from Netgalley. Thank you, Netgalley!
All opinions are my own.
Jun 04, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fans of The Bus on Thursday, Cat Person, and Gerald's Game will really enjoy Tinfoil Butterfly by Rachel Eve Moulton. A young woman running from her past stumbles upon a seemingly deserted diner only to be confronted by a child wearing a tinfoil mask. Both creepy and thought-provoking, this book's page-turning intensity left me feeling like a crumpled ball of Reynold's Wrap.
Aug 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Bizarre, dark and just one of those stories where you can’t help but root for its train wreck, immoral hero. Beautifully written. Parts of this horror novel are almost poetic. Earl is an incredible character I won’t soon forget.
May 14, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Perfect book for that summer vacation when you finally have some time! Engaging and smart.
I read some Dark Books but this one was PITCH BLACK! Main characters Emma and Earl have so many issues and no hope of a resolution. Story started out well with great attention getting; but just made this reader as the book evolved sad, depressed etc.. Quite a violent narrative. "A copy of this book was provided by Farrar, Straus and Giroux via NetGalley with no requirements for a review. Comments here are my honest opinion.
Apr 23, 2019 rated it liked it
I'm still trying to digest this one, only because it was very violent BUT good. Emma, is trying to leave her past behind but dives head first into more trouble. From her experience with Lowell and then meeting Earl and hearing his story. Earl is the Tinfoil Butterfly who wears a tinfoil mask to hide his face which is scarred. Earl has a violent father and is looking to Emma to help him get rid of his father......

Like I said the book is violent, but not in a "Omg I can't read this way". Its not v
Elle Rudy
May 04, 2019 marked it as to-read
Shelves: netgalley
*Thanks to Farrar, Straus and Giroux & Netgalley for an advance copy!
Rhonda Hendrick
Apr 22, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the story of Emma who is trying to outrun her past and runs headfirst into trouble. She meets Lowell who agrees to take her to the Badlands, her final destination. She and Lowell end up in a fight and she leaves him for dead and steals his van. The van runs out of gas in front of a little diner and that's where the story really gets strange. She comes across a little boy, Earl, wearing a tinfoil mask to hide his scarred face. His mother is gone (and become a crow he says) while his viole ...more
Apr 28, 2019 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars. This appears, at first glance, to be another dysfunctional family drama. It quickly turns into a dark, violent thriller, interspersed with beauty. This is a page-turner, but not for anyone looking for a feel-good story. I need some time to fully digest this one.
May 05, 2019 rated it liked it
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 the way.

The town is eerily quiet and Emma takes shelter in a diner, where she stumbles across Earl, a strange little boy in
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