Review: The Butterfly Effect by Rachel Mans McKenny

There is something so fantastic about falling in love with a book that has an unlikable and, at times unpleasant, protagonist. A person that you find yourself rooting for even as she treats the people around her badly. That was exactly what I found in THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT and I loved every chapter. 

Greta Oto is a wonderfully flawed character who prefers the company of butterflies—or any bug actually—to real people. She’s a scientist first in all situations because science she understands; love and friendship not so much. When Greta’s twin brother suffers a brain aneurysm, she must abandon her PhD research project in Costa Rica and return to her small midwestern town to help him. By returning home, Greta must deal not only with the change in Danny, but also confront many of the reasons (and people) that made her want to leave in the first place. 

Mans McKenny does a great job of weaving Greta’s family history with the current timeline to give the reader a much better understanding of why Greta is the way she is. And while there were times where I found myself wanting to give Greta a talking to, I always understood why she acted the way she did and, as a result, found myself so much more invested in her journey.

With crisp writing full of wit and insight, THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT is a highly enjoyable read that I encourage you to pick up when it releases on December 8. I know I, for one, am definitely looking forward to reading more from this author. 

Big thanks to Alcove Press for the advance reading copy.

Pre-order your copy HERE.

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