LOST GIRLS by Kate Ellison

Poignant and haunting. A gorgeously written debut.
— Lynn Weingarten, author of WHEREVER NINA LIES
A strong, twisty thriller of a debut.
— Publishers Weekly
This book casts a spell over its readers.
— SLJ starred review
Fascinating. Ellison has the art of page-turning down flat, and readers will be swept up by both the terror—and the romance.
— Booklist starred review

Formerly published as The Butterfly Clues, Kate Ellison's debut novel combines murder mystery, thriller, love story, and a girl's struggle with mental illness into an atmospheric page-turner that Booklist says will cause readers to be "swept up in the terrorand the romance."

When a local girl from a bad neighborhoodknown only as Sapphireis found shot to death, no one seems to care. She was just one of the many lost girls who live their lives invisibly, between the cracks.

But sixteen-year-old Lo Marin changes all of that when she stumbles upon a clue to Sapphire's murdera gorgeous and unusual butterfly pin. Lo has always loved to collect beautiful things, and believes she can read the story behind the objects. This one isn't just speaking to herit's screaming.

As she becomes helplessly obsessed with the murder, Lo finds herself entangled in a violent underworld with a boy she can't trust. In this riveting page-turner, one lost girl will track down another in an explosive mystery that may be the end of them all.


Kate Ellison spent a lot of time as a child, in Baltimore, pretending to be things she wasn’t: a twin, a telekinetic, a benevolent witch with a box full of magical stones, a spy, a soccer player. She trained as an actor in Chicago and has walked across the entire country of Spain. She is a painter and jewelry-maker, and has at least one artist friend who really does keep his true name a secret from the world. He told her, but don’t ask her to tell you—she’s not gonna do it. Kate lives in Brooklyn, New York.