Saturday, August 27, 2016

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

Stand Alone

Published Date:  June 1, 2016 by Thomas and Mercer

Summary:  Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden.

In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees…and a collection of precious “butterflies”—young women who have been kidnapped and intricately tattooed to resemble their namesakes. Overseeing it all is the Gardener, a brutal, twisted man obsessed with capturing and preserving his lovely specimens.

When the garden is discovered, a survivor is brought in for questioning. FBI agents Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison are tasked with piecing together one of the most stomach-churning cases of their careers. But the girl, known only as Maya, proves to be a puzzle herself.

As her story twists and turns, slowly shedding light on life in the Butterfly Garden, Maya reveals old grudges, new saviors, and horrific tales of a man who’d go to any length to hold beauty captive. But the more she shares, the more the agents have to wonder what she’s still hiding...



My Thoughts

I received a review copy from NetGalley and Thomas and Mercer Publishing for an honest review. 

Well, what do I even say about this book. It was crazy, messed up, insane, etc. The book was easy to follow and understand what was going on. The world-building in the book was very interesting and I definitely have never read anything like it before. Each girl was a different kind of butterfly in the Gardener's garden. 

I really liked Maya's character she was very strong and maternal to the other girls. She definitely had a hard life right from the beginning and it was sad to see her in the situation that she was in. She cared for a lot of girls and become pretty close to some of them. 

The Gardener was a twisted and screwed up man. He definitely lived in a different world from the rest of us. I thought it was interesting/strange he named all the girls by different names and tattooed butterfly wings on their backs. 

The Gardener's youngest son Desmond, I kinda liked him. I love how he finally came to terms and called the police...finally!! Maya and Desmond had a unique relationship. 

I did have one problem with the book, I didn't like how it was narrated in a police interrogation when Maya was telling her story in the garden. But other than that I enjoyed the mystery of the book. 

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