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!!***