The Butterfly Sister
by Amy Gail Hansen
When the suitcase of a former college classmate mysteriously arrives at her doorstep, Ruby Rousseau is forced to confront her painful past. During the previous year, Ruby had an affair with her English professor, attempted suicide, and dropped out of a prestigious women's college just shy of graduation. The suitcase belongs to Beth, who recently went missing after taking an overseas trip, and Ruby grudgingly sets out to unravel the mystery of her disappearance. Author Hansen's debut novel investigates the parallels between the contemporary female college experience and the influence of some of literature's greatest women writers: Sylvia Plath and Virginia Woolf, among others. Although the plot takes some predictable turns, Hansen's heroine, Ruby, proves to be a smart, complex, and very engaging character. An agreeable mix of suspense and literary fiction. Copyright 2013 Booklist Reviews.