Review: The Butterfly Garden by: Dot Hutchison

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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 “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…

Where do I start with this book?  The premise intrigued my criminal justice mind, so I was excited to read it.  From page one I couldn’t put the book down.

Hearing Maya’s recollection of being in “the garden” was not only horrid, but fascinating.  Dot Hutchison brings you into the evil world, where you grow to love and care for all of the young girls.  I was shocked by some of the images, and drawn to tears by others.  This book will bring out your emotions and keep you wondering just how the butterflies escape.

I highly recommend this book.  Although it is not for the faint at heart, it is a truly captivating story that will make you never look at a butterfly in the same way again.

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