When I started reading Butterfly Suicide by Mary Ann Loesch, I felt a sense of unease, a pit in my stomach. I was uncomfortable, and I didn’t want to read about the aftermath of Jude Valley’s shooting spree at Rockingham High School. After all, this is the stuff nightmares are made of for parents… and an unfortunate reality in our society.
But, I kept reading, and I am so glad I did. The book also delves into another harsh reality of our society: unwarranted judgment. Daily, we see on social media, the spewing of hateful opinions by the uninformed, the misinformed, or the plain ol’ bandwagon jumpers. Stephen Valley, Jude’s younger brother, must face these horrific judgments in the aftermath of Jude’s actions.
Stephen’s only friend, Monica, happens to be the surviving younger sister of Jude’s main target in the shootings. Monica and Stephen face the ugly situation together while sorting through their own lives on top of it all.
I highly recommend this novel giving it 5 out of 5 stars. The characters are well developed, and the plot leaves you guessing at the truth in all of the lies. You can purchase the Kindle version of Butterfly Suicide here.
― J.D. Salinger,