The Butterfly Cabinet (Hardback)
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Short Description for The Butterfly Cabinet Originally published: London: Headline Review, 2010.
- Published: 26 July 2011
- Format: Hardback 227 pages
- ISBN 13: 9781451611595 ISBN 10: 1451611595
- Sales rank: 881,300
Reviews for The Butterfly Cabinet
The price of casual cruelty
I like Gothic; I like Victorian; I liked this novel.
Inspired by real events at Cromore House in the 1800's, where 3-year-old Mary Helen Montagu died, this tale is told through multiple POV's, the most prevalent being that of Maddie McGlade, now 92 years old and in a Northern Ireland nursing home, and the jail journals of Harriet Ormond, a casually cruel mother of a child that died while being punished for what Harriet perceived as bad behavior.
This will not be for everyone, but as the tale unfolds, it's sad and eerie all at once. I wondered why no one intervened - why no one stepped up to the plate to defend this little girl and her siblings. It's an all-too-real occurrence even now.
The writing itself is wonderful; some may find it a bit slow, but I think the pace was spot on, especially given the type of tale it is.
QUOTE (from a galley; may be different in final copy):
I felt sorry for the Mistress and I cried for her. I cried for her loss of Charlotte and her loss of the boys and her loss of the Master, and for the days she spent in prison and for the misery of her sad lonely life.
Book Rating: 4 out of 5 stars by Julie Smith