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Tinfoil Butterfly by Rachel Eve Moulton
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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 where she meets, Earl, a little boy whose face is hidden behind an odd tinfoil mask.

Earl ends up stealing Emma's loaded gun and implores her to help him get rid of George.

Emma is stranded. Earl is her only contact and she gets pulled into his bizarre and dangerous world as the snow begins to fall.

This entire novel is steeped in an ominous atmosphere. As the reader, you go along with Emma as she tries to drag information out of Earl.

It turns out, he has lived a torturous life, the truth is hiding just under the surface, but you can't quite get to it. Regardless of the past, Earl is scared to leave it behind.

Earl isn't the only one with a dark past. Emma is on the run from her own. Damaged and broken, she is forced, while in the clutches of her new found crisis, to revisit each painful moment of it.

The truth of Emma's past is admittedly difficult to read. Trigger warnings for: (view spoiler).

I loved the bond formed by Emma and Earl.

I though the evolution of that relationship over the course of the story was very special. It brought the humanity of the characters to life in a way that filled my heart with empathy for them both.

Paired with the beauty of their relationship, however, is equal amounts of horror. We're talking horrific, realistic, painful content.

There were times I felt sick to my stomach, but honestly, the story is worth it.

The feelings of violence and fear boiling just under the surface really never let up, making this a tense read.

With this being said, it also feels quiet and subtle at times. I have no idea if I am explaining this accurately.

It's almost something that you just need to experience for yourself.

I do recommend this for people who enjoy darker contemporary stories, or slow burns with equal parts violence and beauty.

You know who you are. Pick it up!
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Reading Progress

August 12, 2020 – Shelved
August 12, 2020 – Shelved as: to-read
October 8, 2020 – Started Reading
October 8, 2020 –
page 18
6.82% "18-pages in and I am so intrigued.
Talk about starting off with a bang!"
October 8, 2020 –
page 34
12.88% "I don't want to jinx this, but I'm loving it."
October 9, 2020 –
page 48
18.18% "...and the creepiest kid in the world award goes to..


October 12, 2020 –
page 60
October 13, 2020 –
page 86
32.58% "This is scaring me and I don't really know why.
Everything is so up in the air. I am unsure of where it is going and it is freaking me the heck out.
Every page I am worried something awful is going to pop up!
Really enjoying the feeling."
October 16, 2020 –
page 98
37.12% "Scene: Exploration of cellar.

Intensity: 5-stars, that just creeped me the heck out!"
October 21, 2020 –
page 130
49.24% "This is actually pretty heavy. I was going to try to finish it tonight, but I actually need a moment."
October 25, 2020 –
page 186
70.45% "I gotta take a break.
You would think you could read this in one sitting, but I can't.
It hurts.

P.S. there is a trans character, so if you are looking for diverse horror, this could be an interesting selection

TW: child abuse, self harm, drug addiction"
October 26, 2020 –
page 238
90.15% "This is so good. Harrowing."
October 27, 2020 – Finished Reading

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