Powerful emotions make it easy to hold a grudge. When you’ve been treated so badly that you plot how you can get your revenge decades later, that takes holding a grudge to an entirely different level. Kathryn Harvey’s Butterfly is a story about revenge, sex, and morality.
Let’s face it, we all think about sex and each person has a different relationship with sex. For the clients at Butterfly, they might simply want an anonymous tryst or maybe they’re working though some of their own hang-ups about intimate relations with men. Whatever the need or desire of the woman, it will be met with the utmost discretion. As a secretive society, no one quite knows who started Butterfly, yet it is intuitively understood that they are an incredibly powerful person as they hold delicate information. The mystery surrounding the creator of Butterfly is only compounded as she has changed everything about herself when she arrived in Beverly Hills–her name, her face, her accent, her hair, everything but her desire to become powerful enough to undermine a man who did her the ultimate wrong when she was a lonely teenager. With her plan coming to fruition, she is about to reveal her entire plan, which she has fostered for years and might destroy her and her friends or prove to be beneficial and worth all the sacrifices she’s made in her life.
The narrative was quite descriptive in a third person omniscient point of view with predictable story elements utilized, yet it was drawn together well through the various characters’ perspectives and cultivates pivotal plot points to keep the story from stagnating. Sprinkled with historical events and truth, these aspects serve as an anchor to the setting and provide clarity as to what motivates the characters to behave as they do. In the 2012 edition of the book put out by Turner Publishing I found that there were plenty of copy editing and typesetting issues with the text–it could have used a careful eye combing through the text prior to publishing. But the story was still captivating with smutty scenes found in common harlequin romances as well as traditional detective scenes to solve the mystery of missing persons and orchestrate a presidential hopeful’s downfall.
Overall, I’d give it a 3.5 out of 5 stars.