In Chasing Butterflies, Rae Murive’s newest young adult mystery book, academic competition takes an exciting turn. The protagonist of the tale is Anushka, a clever but cynical senior in high school whose sole objective is to outperform her academic adversary, Devesh. She had no idea that their rivalry was going to take an unexpected and sinister turn.
When Varun, the school president, abruptly vanishes after leaving Anushka with a mysterious note, her entire life is turned upside down. To make matters worse, Nitin, a classmate, is discovered dead, and an anonymous post implicates Varun in the crime. Reluctantly assisted by Varun’s closest friend, Devesh, Anushka sets out by herself to investigate in an attempt to find the truth.
The dynamic between Anushka and Devesh—characterised by their arguments and divergent viewpoints—paves the way for an exciting adventure as they investigate the enigmatic circumstances behind Nitin’s murder and Varun’s abduction. As they come across several clues, rumours, and leaked photos that add layers of intricacy to the case, the inquiry takes unforeseen turns.
Readers are left on the edge of their seats as the stakes rise, wondering if the two can locate Varun in time or if the killer will show up in the most unlikely locations. Chasing Butterflies promises to captivate readers with its blend of academic rivalry, mystery, and suspense. Rae Murive skillfully weaves a tale that explores the complexities of friendship, rivalry and the lengths one will go to uncover the truth.