Butterfly Skin by Sergey Kuznetsov – Review

The Horror Hothouse

butterflyskin.jpg.size-230A serial killer is stalking the streets of Moscow. The victims are all female and tortured to death in the most gruesome fashion. Ksenia is the ambitious young editor of online Moscow newspaper Evening,ru. She’s determined to make a name for herself and decides to track down and trap the killer by creating a website dedicated to his work. Problem is that as Ksenia gets closer to the killer she realises that her fascination with his savage crimes reflects her own dark sexuality and desires.

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Butterfly Skin has been described as Russia’s answer to Silence of the Lambs and the unnamed killer is certainly at least on a parr with Dr Lecter with regard to the gruesome cruelty of his modus operandi. Ksenia though is a much more interesting and complex character, perhaps closer to Steig Larsson’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s Lisbeth Salander…

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