The Butterfly Tattoo
Philip Pullman is a highly acclaimed author of books for young people. His Dark Materials: Northern Lights won three awards in 1996; The Firework-Maker's Daughter won the 1996 Smarties Gold Award and Clockwork was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book of the Year 1997. The Butterfly Tattoo is an... show more
Philip Pullman is a highly acclaimed author of books for young people. His Dark Materials: Northern Lights won three awards in 1996; The Firework-Maker's Daughter won the 1996 Smarties Gold Award and Clockwork was shortlisted for the Whitbread Book of the Year 1997. The Butterfly Tattoo is an engrossing and agonising thriller. What starts out as an apparently harmless holiday job for 17-year-old Oxford 'A' level student Chris Marshall, slowly but surely turns into something quite other. Unhappy and traumatised by the break up of his parents' marriage, things start looking up for Chris when he falls in love with the beautiful, emotionally bruised Jenny. But then his boss's dangerously shady past slowly but surely starts catching up with him and before he knows it Chris has become the innocent cause of death and disaster. An ingeniously plotted, simply written and grippingly readable thriller which involves the reader in deep questions about the nature of innocence, criminality and social responsibility. --Tamsin Palmer
Publish date: May 8th 1998
Publisher: MacMillan Children's Books
Pages no: 160
Edition language: English
, Young Adult
, European Literature
, British Literature
Chris meets Jenny on a warm Oxford night and falls instantly in love, but he knows nothing about her and can't seem to find her again in the sleepy English city. His boss, meanwhile, had acquired a love nest and is employing Chris to do it up, little knowing that it's actually a hide away from some ...
Not gonna lie, this was wholeheartedly disappointing.I was expecting the level of brilliance Pullman brought to His Dark Materials. And well this had none of that. It also lacked the charm and sense of wonder HDM provided.Yes, I understand this was written far earlier in his career, and did not expe...
I'm pretty sure this was supposed to be two books, but for some reason Pullman decided to throw the love story and the crime thriller together into one book. The love story was moderately entertaining, but the crime drama consisted of LONG passages of the criminal telling various versions of his st...
something of nothing really