Thursday, June 16, 2016

"The Butterfly Garden" by Dot Hutchison

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…  ~taken from Amazon

I feel I should start by saying that this book may not be for everyone. It contains rape, violence, profanity, and sexual abuse against minors. Please read at your own discretion. I am going to attempt to talk about this book while not giving away any spoilers. I LOVED this book. I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone else who is going to read it. Let's start with the plot. 

We have a rich man with a secret garden who goes by "The Gardner" throughout the novel. He loves to collect butterflies, but not your typical butterflies. He collects girls. Well, kidnaps them by drugging them. Upon their wake he begins a gruesome ordeal of tattooing huge butterfly wings on their backs in intricate detail before raping them and sending them off to live in his garden with his other "butterflies".  He makes regular visits daily to eat meals with them and spend the night with specific girls of his choosing.

Our story starts with Maya. She sits in an interrogation room. Her hands are wrapped in bandages and beneath her clothes are huge tattoo'd butterfly wings. Two FBI agents are trying to get to the bottom of this horrific discovery. Maya, through alternating first and third person stories, tries to tell them what she knows. Along the way she gives personal stories of her past, and soon the FBI agents are sure that she is not the girl she says she is.

Author Dot Hutchison's writing style was smooth and graceful. Easy to read with no choppy or clunky sentences. I found that flowing through the story from first person to third person was pretty seamless and not confusing at all. Plot twists are perfectly timed and kept me engrossed and longing for the next chapter throughout my entire read. To me, this book was unputdownable. Towards the end I purposely read slow so that I could make the novel last as long as possible.

This is a psychological thriller at its best. This book will tear through every emotion and leave you breathless.  It is available now on Amazon so buy it and add it to your summer reading list. If you are a Kindle Unlimited member you can read it for free!

Thanks to Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for allowing me the ebook to read and give my honest review. It was a 5 star read for me!

***Update- Book 2 called The Roses Of May is due to be released on May 23, 2017! Preorder it now!!***

Happy Reading!

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