Top positive review
A Definite Read
Reviewed in the United States on September 9, 2018
It’s difficult (maybe impossible) to pin Frozen Butterflies into any particular category or genre. It has elements a romance, a psychological thriller, a mystery, a confessional, etc. But it is truly none of those things. The writing is powerful. The clipped sentences and the brute force of the descriptions evoke early Hemingway, particularly his Michigan short stories. Here we have the story of a young, professional woman who seems to be unraveling. The story begins with her insomnia, descends into a sexual relationship with a man she meets in an after-hours night club, and from there into their journey to find the anonymous author of an abandoned graphic novel. As they engage in their search, their past lives creep up on them, pull them apart, push them back together, and then send her into a spiral toward darkness. Along the way we see tenderness, brutality, love, betrayal and sense of foreboding doom. The ended is a powerful knockout punch.