Dani is a Book & Wine Pairing Blogger from the mountains of West Virginia. She loves to read anything she can get her hands on while sipping on a glass of wine and snuggling with her fur-babies.

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The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1)

By Dot Hutchinson

 
 

It's been a little while since I listened to this audio book through Audible. I listened to it back when I was really going through my Mystery and Thriller phase.

Before I decided to listen to it I had heard some really good things about it, so when I happened across it I decided to go for it. And I'm really glad that I did!

This is one book that I wish I could have gotten this review out there for it sooner, but it just wasn't happening. But - at last - here it is, and I can't wait to share it with you!

Some History:

Dot Hutchison is the author of A Wounded Name, a young adult novel based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and the adult thriller The Butterfly Garden. With past experience working at a Boy Scout camp, a craft store, a bookstore, and the Renaissance Faire (as a human combat chess piece), Hutchison prides herself on remaining delightfully in tune with her inner young adult. She loves thunderstorms, mythology, history, and movies that can and should be watched on repeat. (source)

The Synopsis:

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... (source)

The Review & Wrap-Up:

The Butterfly Garden is one of the best thrillers I have read. There are so many different components to this book that just made this book so fixating that I had a very difficult time taking my headphones out of my ears at night!

Different butterfly wings are tattooed on the backs of every girl by their kidnapper before becoming an official  Butterfly .

Different butterfly wings are tattooed on the backs of every girl by their kidnapper before becoming an official Butterfly.

The book opens with a "butterfly" - a girl who has been kidnapped and had butterfly wings tattooed on her back as a sort of brand - sitting in a police interrogation room. Immediately you know that she got out and away from her kidnapper and tattooist, but just as quickly you begin to question how she got out; why does she have such a bad attitude towards the detectives asking her questions and trying to help her; and what exactly happened? 

The story takes every twist and turn from there. Quickly, you find out that she's not the only "butterfly." No, her kidnapper had 20+ "butterflies" living with her in a rather public area that no one even notices, not even his wife. And you soon discover what happens to these "butterflies" as they hit the kidnapper's expiration date: their 21st birthday.

The story that unfolds is riveting, suspenseful, and heartbreaking. Just when you think you know what's going to happen next, another turn in the story has you on a trajectory in the complete opposite direction. If you love mystery & thrillers, I highly recommend The Butterfly Garden! I cannot wait to pick up the next book in The Collector series!

 

From one bookaholic to another, I hope I’ve helped you find your next fix.
—Dani


Pair it with: Sam Plunkett The Butterfly Effect Cabernet Merlot 

93% positive rating, it's full bodied, velvety, textured and just delicious!
The small berries and thick skins of Cabernet give it, it's hallmark high intensity grippy tannins. The Merlot has thinner skin, so less tannin and when blended with Cabernet gives the wine a lovely velvety texture and lifts some of the spicy fruit cake aromas.
Full-bodied, but not overbearing this Cabernet is well balanced with good length of flavor. (source)

Start a conversation: If you were kidnapped, what would you do to escape before you reached your expiration date?

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