Tinfoil Butterfly by Rachel Moulton is not just a gripping read-in-one-sitting horror story. It’s a book that makes horror feel fresh and vital, pushing it in exciting new directions.
At the center of Tinfoil Butterfly is Emma; a young girl who is hitchhiking across the United States, trying to outrun a violent, tragic past. She meets Lowell, the hot-but-dumb driver who she hopes will take her as far as the Badlands. But Lowell is not as harmless as he seems, and a vicious scuffle leaves Emma bloody and stranded in an abandoned town in the Black Hills with an out-of-gas van, a loaded gun, and a snowstorm on the way.
The town is eerily quiet and Emma takes shelter in a diner, where she stumbles across Earl, a strange little boy in a tinfoil mask who steals her gun before begging her to help him get rid of “George.” As she is pulled deeper into Earl’s bizarre, menacing world, the horrors of Emma’s past creep closer, and she realizes she can’t run forever.
…both frightening an thought-provoking, and woven through its propulsive plot is a beautifully wrought story of an unlikely friendship.
Tinfoil Butterfly is a seductively scary, chilling exploration of evil—how it sneaks in under your skin, flaring up when you least expect it, how it throttles you and won’t let go. The beauty of Rachel Eve Moulton’s ferocious, harrowing, and surprisingly moving debut is that it teaches us that love can do that, too.
The book is both frightening an thought-provoking, and woven through its propulsive plot is a beautifully wrought story of an unlikely friendship. This is a highly recommended read for avid horror fiction and thriller readers.