Tuesday 31 July 2018

PB AWARD for Butterfly Ranch by RK Salters

Butterfly Ranch


PB Special Award

Tristan Griffin is a household name and the author of a universally popular detective series. For the past few years he has lived in self-exile in a remote jungle lodge nestled in the Mayan hills of Southern Belize, with his partner Hedda. The novel begins as he attempts suicide and Hedda disappears. Altamont Stanbury, an old Kriol police constable posted to the local backwater of San Antonio, rushes to the scene with his daughter Philomena, the village nurse.

Philomena saves Tristan but he remains unconscious. Altamont, a bumbler and long-time reader of crime novels, launches a half-hearted search for Hedda by radio but decides to remain at the lodge. In truth his reverence for Tristan the writer consumes all else, and he becomes obsessed with the Griffin books he finds at the lodge.

When Tristan comes to, he is distraught and at times delirious, haunted by flashbacks of his uncompromising, cursed love for Hedda and the dark secret behind her disappearance. His anger and increasingly erratic behavior only find respite in the presence of Altamont’s innocent daughter. But he feels nothing but spite for Altamont himself, and the relationship between the two threatens to have fatal consequences for one or both.

Butterfly Ranch is a story of obsessive love, self-destruction and unexpected redemption.

Genre:  Physchological 

Approx pages:  168

PB Special Awards are not awarded every month and are a personal Award from me for books which I believe stand out against others. This does not mean they are necessarily the best written, but they do tell an interesting story; a story that is different and compelling. Butterfly Ranch held my attention from the start and ended with an unexpected twist. The characters, the remote setting - Mayan hills of Southern Belize and the understanding of mental health issues made this a beautiful and an emotional read. I am delighted to award Butterfly Ranch with my PB Special Award. 

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