The Butterfly Garden, Dot Hutchison

*Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher in return for an honest review*

Author: Dot Hutchison
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
Pages: 276
Format: DRC
ISBN-10: 1503934713
ISBN-13: 9781503934719
Fantastic Fiction: various formats

4 stars

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.
Intense. Heartbreaking. Badass. Someone needs a shrink.
There my first thoughts after reading this book.
I loved Victor. He was calm and understanding but never lost sight of what he needed. Still he did not torture the girl into confession. Eddison is hilarious. Though his behaviour is doubtful it was all explained. Both their behaviour had a bit to much lets make the sympathetic on their side which could be annoying but this did not bother me at all while reading.
I liked the girl. She is fierce and powerful. I did wonder how she could be so calm and feisty while talking. Even though her detachment is explained her behaviour felt surreal. Still the trauma she must have might explain why she is capable of behaving like that.
I loved how the story was build. You start at the end but it takes till the end of the book to find out what happened. I liked how the investigation turned up the next story even though some side steps were taken without disturbing the flow. There are gruesome parts in the story and though the worst of it is described vaguely it is not hard to imagine what is happening. I felt a bit sick during most of the book and was not able to put it down. I had to know what would happen.
There are some really interesting moral questions in this story. The most important obviously, would you call the cops. It is easy to think you would do the right thing but the story shows the other side too with reasoning. Might have to push this book on my book group for some nice discussion though I am not sure they would like the story very much.
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19 July, 2016 delete

The synopsis alone makes me want to read it, and I see you were hooked to the story, so I'll put it on my list, for sure.
Poor girls, though.

20 July, 2016 delete

I downloaded this book because it sounded creepy-good. Sounds like that is exactly what it is! Glad you enjoyed it.