The Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden

Book - 2016
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Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees...and a collection of precious (3z(Bbutterflies(3y(B;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..
Publisher: Seattle, WA : 2016 Thomas & Mercer,
ISBN: 9781503934719
Branch Call Number: AF HUTC

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kwsmith
Oct 01, 2017

If you can suspend your disbelief long enough, you might enjoy this well written and extremely creepy modern horror mystery thriller. But beware: a lot of very bad things happen to a lot of pretty teenage girls. My greatest complaint is that the plot twist at the end is mostly underwhelming.

JCLDebbieF Sep 27, 2017

The clever back and forth interrogation between the detective and narrator kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the ending!!!

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wilqser
Apr 28, 2017

Disturbing account of kidnapping, repeated rape, and cruelty by a "madman". Hard to read - stylistically and topic. Not for me. I am a psychological thriller fan and came out of it disappointed.

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wmtlady
Feb 24, 2017

Someone in the world of movie entertainment will make a fortune on this book. And I don't mean that in a bad way. The two villains in this book are both twisted, though in different ways, and there is an abundance of perversion and nudity, but as a book, your focus is on the plot and characters, and the author spares you enough details to let you know what has happened but not overwhelm you with the visual of the horrors. The author deftly draws the reader into the emotions of the lead woman, from a shattering childhood of being unwanted and abandoned, through keen observations of people and their silent communication body movement to her growth and the start of her healing as a person. I am not a professional reviewer and cannot do this book justice. I just consider it to be exceptionally well written and hope the author can "keep up the good work."

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smmeloche
Jan 03, 2017

In a beautiful garden, luscious flowers grow and a man, known as the Gardener, tends to his precious “butterflies”; young women who have been kidnapped and tattooed to display intricate and exotic wings. These women are captured and preserved by the Gardner until their twenty-first birthday when they are “preserved” for the Gardener to enjoy forever. After the garden is discovered, a survivor, known as Maya, is brought in for questioning. As she explains the Butterfly Garden, detectives are forced to hear the horrors and to question her involvement….what could Maya be hiding?

The Butterfly Garden, the completely twisted thriller by Dot Hutchison, had all of the components that I love in a thriller. Creepy plot? Check. Psychopath? Check. Twists and turns? Check, check. Captivating narrative? Check. This novel was dark, graphic and completely messed up. I was completely consumed through the first 250 pages of this book.

The premise of the novel is completely original; it opens immediately after the discovery of “the garden” and Maya is brought in, by detectives in charge, for questioning in relation to the kidnappings and captivity of the girls. The novel (mostly narrated by Maya) flashes between the present and the past, as Maya delves into her initial kidnapping, settling into to the garden and the eventual explanations of what happened there. I was HOOKED by this narrative style; I needed to know everything about this garden and what happened there. Hutchison does an awesome job at setting the stage and allowing the reader bits of information that made me NEED to read more.

The characters were well developed and easy to connect with; I found myself genuinely caring for the girls in the garden and worrying for their plights. I also loved the familial twists; I won’t say anything more (as to avoid spoilers) but Hutchison does an amazing job at getting the reader to become immersed in the story and builds a seriously complex plot with complex characters. Throughout my reading, I kept imagining this book as a film adaptation; it really read like one. It had a Silence of the Lambs vibe; that sort of ominous creepiness.

Now down to the nitty gritty, if my review were based on the first 90% of the book, this would have been, hands down, a five-star rating from me. But the ending fell completely flat for me. I hated it. I hated the random and unnecessary twist. I hated how fast it ended. I don’t really know what I would have been happy with, but I know that I was left disappointed.

Even with the lackluster ending, I did enjoy the rest of the book and I would recommend this one for someone who likes a dark and twisted read; be warned, this one is graphic so if you like something lighter, this would not be for you! I, for one, will be waiting to see what Dot Hutchison comes out with next because there is one thing I cannot deny, this woman writes a seriously addicting read!

JCLAmandaW Dec 24, 2016

Although the story jumps back and forth regularly from present to past, it works here. The subject is dark and the details are quite explicit but the story is engaging. The only problem I had overall was that at times the characters seemed a bit too contrived and cliche.

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dcafk
Dec 04, 2016

In my opinion this is an awful book. I read a few chapters, but the sadism and cruelty depicted here were more than I could stomach. Furthermore, the characters are simply unbelievable. It is a sickening fantasy without a single redeeming feature.

Cynthia_N Oct 06, 2016

Creative cruelty. I couldn't have imagined this scenario but Hutchison did a great job with it!

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aliciamarie
Jun 16, 2016

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 person 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!

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Jun 06, 2016

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Jun 06, 2016

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...

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