The Butterfly Clues by Kate Ellison
Since Lo’s brother disappeared, she cannot stop the counting. Multiples of 3 are the safe numbers that mean everything is going to be OK. Lo has also taken to wandering the streets of Neverland, the gritty area of Cleveland that is just a bus ride away from her family’s home in the posh suburb of Lakewood. While wandering she also takes things. Things that will make everything OK. While stealing an angel statue from the front step of a worn down house, Lo hears a gunshot. When Lo later learns that the gunshot was one that killed a young stripper named Sapphire, Lo must find out why the girl was murdered. Lo delves deep into Neverland to unravel the mystery, with only her counting to protect her. It is there that she meets Flint, a runaway, who sees something in Lo that no one else does. Together they try to discover who murdered Sapphire. However, in Neverland you cannot trust anyone.
The Butterfly Clues is an intricately woven mystery that will keep you guessing all the way up to the last chapter. Lo is a hard character to read. She lives in fear everyday and her compulsive behaviors prevent her from being a normal girl. However, as you get to know Lo better you see how strong she really is. The relationship that develops between Lo and Flint is pretty interesting too, since you never really know what Flint’s role was in Saphhire’s life. There’s more than one mystery to this story, so definitely pick this up if you like to read an excellent mystery novel.