Saturday, January 24, 2015
The Black Butterfly, by Shirley Reva Vernick
A bit of a messy story that starts off sensibly enough as a story of reconciliation as Penny learns about her mother's past through some old family friends. The cook is a nice light touch and the story could have easily focused on healing and growth, and even thrown in some nice romance as well. But Vernick wants to tell a ghost story, so we shift to the supernatural. It's here that the story largely becomes unhinged. There's several stories and none of them make much sense, but they work up to a climax that works OK within its bounds. However, the end seems largely detached from the rest of the story. It seemed forced and didn't gel.