The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison


This was the most uniquely crafted story I think I have ever read.

Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden with butterflies living in it - sounds almost like a fairytale but the reality is far away from fairytale.

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. - overview from Barns&Nobles

This book is a dark read that cannot be put down. I read it almost on one breath, I was enthralled from page one. This is one of the books when you keep saying "one more chapter" and you end up reading until 2am.
It's set in the present with two FBI agents trying to uncover the truth behind the crime scene they have just discovered. What they know is that they have found "The Garden", a prison where the psychopath known as "The Gardener" has kept young women trapped for decades. He calls them "Butterflies", tattooing wings on their backs before renaming them, raping them and letting his violent son terrorize them.

The book cleverly switches timeline between Maya's story in the garden and the present time, when she's telling the story to FBI. This was one of the most uniquely crafted story I think I have ever read.

As much as I loved this book I will admit that the ending didn’t meet the excellent story telling of the rest. That being said, I very much enjoyed this story. I think the story was fascinating and brilliantly told, even tho a little bit disappointing end.

“I think a trauma doesn’t stop just because you’ve been rescued.”
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