The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison (#1 – Collector)
Published: April 2016 by Thomas and Mercer
Just a Few Words: I found this book hard to classify. The events in the “garden” was actually horror, but most was mystery and thriller. All I really know, was that it was worth my time.
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison is the first in the Collector series.
My Synopsis: (No major reveals, but if concerned, skip to My Opinions)
It is the job of FBI Special Agent Victor Hanoverian to ask the tough questions. There are a lot of them. The one he most wants the answer to is the name of the girl who is in front of him. Her fake ID says she is Inara Morrissey, but the other girls call her Maya. He feels sure that eventually, when she is ready, she will tell him her real name. After all, she is opening up, and telling her story….her sad, brutal, horrific story. But she is a survivor. Hanoverian’s partner, Brandon Eddison, is not so sure that they will ever get the whole story.
Inara/Maya is telling how she was kidnapped and held prisoner with many other girls, by a man who called himself The Gardener. He is a collector of “butterflies”, and has been collecting for over 30 years. The girls were his butterflies. He gave them each a tattoo of a butterfly which covered their back, he raped them, he allowed his sons access to them, and when the girls reached the age of 21 he killed them, and put them behind glass.
This young woman tells how the girls learned from each other, relied on each other. She talks about the struggles, the love, the family she found, all within the Butterfly Garden, and how some of them survived to breathe fresh air again.
This was a captivating story. I like the way the story unfolded, going back and forth between Maya’s time in the garden, and then to her current interview with the FBI, where we often learned additional details.
I really liked the characters. They had depth and their emotions and actions felt real. They were complex, even the captors. Knowing that Maya and a few other survived, but not being told how or who, helped to build the suspense.
It was dark, and creepy, and thoroughly entertaining. I know this is first of a series, but I am unsure if the series follows Maya, or the FBI agents, but I am along for the ride. I really enjoyed this book….except the end, which felt rushed, and inadequate given all that had happened.
I am definitely looking forward to the next in the series (one of those times I am glad I am behind on these, as the rest are already waiting for me).
Read: August, 2019
Favorite Quotes from The Vanishing Season:
“Beautiful things are short-lived, he told me the first time we met.
He made sure of that, and then he strove to give his Butterflies a strange breed of immortality.”
“Some people stay broken. Some pick up the pieces and put them back together with all the sharp edges showing.”
“Collectors don’t let butterflies fly free. It defeats the purpose.”
“You don’t learn to be brave. You just have to do what’s right, even if it scares you.”
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I have also reviewed this book on GoodReads: https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/2377973735
Hey followers….Have you read this series? Loved it/hated it?