The Butterfly Garden - by Dot Hutchison

My Rating: 3.5 stars

I am in a group on Goodreads and this book was recommended to me as part of a challenge called the Bossy Book Challenge. It was also one of this month's Kindle First selections (which made my decision on which book to choose much easier). My first choice of books is not usually anything that has P.I., FBI agent, Police Detective in the books description. I find that most police procedural type books are usually written in the same fashion and not to my liking. But the book's blurb sounded very intriguing despite the mention of police detectives. 

This book is different because it starts out with the victim already rescued and being interviewed by the police. The reader learns what happened through the interview process by the police. The entire story is told from Maya's point of view. 

The story is different and I was surprised at how engrossed I was in the story and what happened to these Butterflies and how they came to be there and what the Gardener did to them. The entire story is leading up to how they got rescued. It is an interesting story and a fast read. The ending fell a little short and was anti-climatic for me (hence the 3.5 instead of a 4 star rating).  Since we know they got rescued, we are just waiting until we get to the part when we find out how. So once I got there I just thought to myself "that's it?" Overall, it was a good story and interesting but don't expect any big surprises or strange twists at the end. It was a super quick read and kept my interest but it just wasn't enough to make this higher on my list of potential favorites. If anyone is not sure about this book because they are worried about violence, there is mention of rape and murder but it does not go into any graphic descriptions.

About the book:

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...

About the author:

Dot Hutchison is the author of A Wounded Name, a young adult novel based on Shakespeare's Hamlet, and the adult thriller The Butterfly Garden. With past experience working at a Boy Scout camp, a craft store, a bookstore, and the Renaissance Faire (as a human combat chess piece), Hutchison prides herself on remaining delightfully in tune with her inner young adult. She loves thunderstorms, mythology, history, and movies that can and should be watched on repeat.

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