Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Butterfly Tattoo by Deidre Knight

I don't have a back blurb for this book, but that's okay. You can find it on Samhain's site easily enough. It's 2:15 in the morning, I just finished this book and I am still reeling. I also cannot stop crying, but trust me when I say it's in a good way.

Have you ever had something affect you so strongly that you can't stop thinking about it? Something that seems to just sneak up on you and smack you sideways? That is what this book did to me.

It is without a doubt, one of the most heartbreaking books I've ever read and also one of the most beautiful.

It stars Michael, a widower, who is struggling desperately to get his life back together. His little girl is almost a stranger to him and no matter what he does, he cannot seem to get her to connect with him anymore.

Rebecca is a former actress who suffered a horrific attack from an obsessed fan. Now she works behind the scenes and is still trying to get her life together three years after the attack.

A fateful meeting in a dark room and both their lives change forever.

Okay, so that's the basic idea behind the book, but it doesn't go into how emotional this book was. It was written in a strange way where each chapter was written in 1st person from either Michael's or Rebecca's POV. But honestly? I think that's what made this book so powerful.

It delved so very deeply into their psyches. And their psyches are pretty banged up. Michael's just about killed me. After losing his partner and almost losing his daughter, he's hit rock bottom. When he meets Rebecca, it's like his whole world is brightened and he can see it again.

Watching him as he realizes she's more than just a pretty woman and that there's something there between them was just...gorgeous to watch. It was like taking a beautiful vase that had shattered and watch it being put back together piece by piece until miraculously it looks the same...only different.

I know I'm not doing a good job articulating just how powerfully this book affected me. I feel like I'm not doing it justice.

I will just say that if you're looking for an unbelievably powerful story that will rock you sideways, but leave you with a feeling of pure joy at the end, this is the book for you. If it doesn't effect/affect you in some ways...I dunno. All I can say is read it. You truly won't be disappointed.

My Rating: A+


Stacy~ said...

Wow, I heard how good this book was, but you've really sold me! I must buy, like, NOW!

Christine said...

I just read about this book on Kati's blog the other day and put it on my wish list. After reading your thoughts, I want it now, too!!

Amy C said...

i just purchased this book. I've been meaning to. I love her Parallel series, so I am sure this one is every bit as good as you say it is!

orannia said...

I've heard some amazing things about this book and I REALLY want to read it. But at present I have to read eBooks on my computer, and I want to be able to do justice to this book by reading it thoroughly! So, I'll be patiently waiting until it is released in print!

Books that evoke such an emotional response are definite must reads!

Marg said...

Wow! If I had an ereader I would totally have gone out and bought this right this instant.It's fantastic when a book affects you so emotionally.