The Butterfly Garden – Dot Hutchison

16 July 2017
The Butterfly Garden Book Cover The Butterfly Garden
The Collector #1
Dot Hutchison
Sterling Mystery Series
ebook with audible

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 review of The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison.

“Maya” woke up in the butterfly garden, where the Gardener collects butterflies.  Human butterflies.  After having their wings tattooed on their backs and their names selected, they are free to wander the garden.

The gardener truly loves his butterflies, so although he rapes them, he does so with care.  The same can’t be said for his eldest son, Avery, who is sadistic and cruel.

The story is told to FBI agents from Maya’s point of view, with some interjection from the FBI agents themselves.  I listened to the audible version of the eb0ok, and the voices of Maya and the FBI agents were fantastic.

My thoughts.

The writing style Dot Hutchison is amazing.  Her characters were very well developed and it was very easy to feel for them.  The story line is unique and unlike any other I’ve read.  Maya’s story was fascinating, however, their time in the garden seemed a little too romanticized.

Three stars… Who gets kidnapped and doesn’t try to escape? The butterflies give in so easily and enjoy hobbies, and dancing, and music…  despite the fact that they are all counting down to their deaths.

Butterflies are short lived creatures.

While the concept of the butterfly garden and the human butterflies is disturbing, the book itself was not very creepy.

And then the end came… and my response was, “THAT’S IT?”  The big reveal at the end was barely a firecracker, let alone fireworks.

It’s a shame the story fell a little flat for me because Dot Hutchison writes beautifully.

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison


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