Wednesday, February 12, 2014
REVIEW: Butterfly Grave by Anne Cassidy (Murder Notebooks, #3)
Butterfly Grave begins just before Christmas and Joshua has invited Rose to come spend the holidays up in Newcastle with him and Skeggsie following Joshua's uncle's fall from a cliff. It is thought that Joshua's uncle may have fallen whilst walking his dog but when Joshua and Rose start poking around, it is found that things are much complicated than they first appear and that Joshua's uncle may be more involved with things. I think one of things I love the best about this series is how well written the mystery is. I can never guess as I'm going along what will happen next or who will be responsible for all that is going wrong around these three teenagers.
But of course, being surrounded by murder and dead bodies has taken its toll on Joshua in this book. He's constantly on edge with worry and paranoia, obsessively checking the license plates of those he believes to be following him and making sure that Rose is vigilant as well. It's not all for nothing as this book does answer quite a few questions about the disappearance of Rose and Joshua's parents, about the butterfly tattoos and the beginning of the murder notebooks. But these answers also come at a very steep price.
I still love Rose and Joshua. Their relationship has just been really heartbreaking up to now, with Rose being so unsure about revealing her feelings for him. Every time we meet someone new and one or the other introduces Rose or Joshua as the other's sort of step-sibling and my heart ached just that little bit more. Despite the unconventionality of it, I really want to see where this thing between them will lead.
I really love this series. I love the murder mystery of it and how each book solves one particular murder but also offer more clues to the overall mystery of the disappearance of Rose's mum and Joshua's dad. I love the excitement and thrill that comes with uncovering these secrets but I also really love the characters and how much their relationships pull at my heart strings. The Murder Notebooks series is such a wonderful set of books! I highly recommend that you pick them up to read if you haven't already done so!