The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
Deep in a large secluded estate, lies a mansion…and within that mansion is a beautiful butterfly garden. Within that garden, lives a collection of beautiful “butterflies” – young women who were drugged, kidnapped and are being held hostage within the garden’s walls. Overseeing all of this is the Gardener…a sick and twisted psychopath of a man who is obsessed and methodical with his collection.
The story begins with a survivor of the garden being questioned by the FBI about her knowledge and part in the Butterfly Garden. Known only by the name the gardener has given her, Maya….she isn’t very trusting or even very helpful with giving the agents information. Because Maya has been a prisoner for the past two years she proves to be a bit of a puzzle for the detectives. Slowly as her story begins to unravel, light is shed on life inside the Butterfly Garden. A horrific story about a man who would go to any length to preserve beauty as he sees it and maintain his “collection” of young girls begins to open up. But….the detectives are sure that Maya is still hiding something back and they won’t stop until they find out what that is.
I was actually very pleasantly surprised by this book! It wasn’t really on my radar and I still haven’t heard a lot of chatter about it…and I’m not sure why that is. The Butterfly Garden is a crazy, intense and wild ride. It’s not very long…only 288 pages, so it’s a nice quick, fast paced read. If I had a solid chunk of time to sit and read it, this is one I could have easily finished in one sitting. I’m a huge sucker for a good serial killer/thriller story and The Butterfly Garden definitely delivers in that aspect and does it well. One of the parts that I loved about this book was the relationships between all the female characters of this story…it added a nice soft place to land between all the craziness. I also absolutely loved the main character, Maya….she’s gritty, intense, honest and genuine.
If you are a fan of serial killer thriller stories…this is a fantastic one! And…as an added bonus, you can read the e-book for free via Amazon if you have a Prime account with their new Prime Reads program!
My Rating: 5/5 Stars
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