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review 2017-10-14 15:06
Flying away here.....DNFing this novel
The Butterfly Garden - Dot Hutchison
I just couldn’t do it. This novel made no sense to me so after 98 pages, I gave up. What frustrated me the most as I read was why no one revolted or tried to leave, it was as if they enjoyed being held captive. This would be all fine and dandy but why make it sound all horrible once they are finally found. It just irritated me. The way Maya described the Gardener and his son, Avery putting their hands on them and so forth and how it disgusted them, I just didn’t understand why they didn’t do something about it. Then, what was up with Maya’s attitude when she was being questioned by the police. I just didn’t understand this. I guess also, I was upset that I was hearing about what happened with the Gardener and the butterflies through the eyes of Maya. I just didn’t think she told an accurate picture of what the other girls might have thought or felt. This just wasn’t a good-fit novel for me.

 

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review 2017-05-05 03:10
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchinson
The Butterfly Garden - Dot Hutchison

I was intrigued by the initial concept of this book but I wasn’t all that into it. It was okay, but there were too many things that didn’t work for me, although I may have trouble articulating all of them.

 

The premise is that the FBI has caught up with a serial killer who has been imprisoning girls, tattooing them with butterfly wings, keeping them around for a while, and preserving them when they die. Maya, one of the survivors, is set up as an uncooperative victim who tells her story to FBI agents, who question how much of her story they should believe because they think she’s not telling them everything.

 

This isn’t really a novel about FBI agents or a thriller, really. It’s all about Maya, and she’s really not that uncooperative because she talks for pages and pages and pages. The book jumps from the present day (in the present tense, too) to her story (told in the past tense) but after a while her story didn’t seem like she was telling a story. It seemed like what you’d get in a television program where someone is telling a story, then you fade into their flashback and continue to watch the scenes play out rather than actually continue to listen to a story. It was more about Maya’s story than the FBI agents supposedly trying to interrogate her, although some lip service is paid to the device. There was just something off about the whole thing.

 

Hearing about all the different girls and what they were good at or what their personalities were like got tiresome after a while too. And the whole thing with Desmond strained credulity. Finally, for such a dark book, the ending was super fluffy.

 

So I don’t recommend it, but I’m sure some people would really like the book.

 

I read this for the start square (free read) for booklikes-opoly. At 276 pages, this gives me another $3 for my bank, which gives me a balance of $59.

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review 2016-12-17 05:56
A Garden of Butterflies of a Serial Kidnapper
The Butterfly Garden - Dot Hutchison

 

It's 20 minutes past 3 in the morning and I had just finished The Butterfly Garden and I had to because it is really a page-turner. I can't help myself but to finish the book because what was done to make me find out more, it is thanks to Dot Hutchison for doing a fine job in making a reader out of me to continue reading towards such a morning... but where do I start with this book?

 

The Butterfly Garden is a mystery crime suspense thriller that draws the reader into a world of serial criminals. Firstly, the good stuff.

 

The book is divided into three roman numeral parts, which I felt I would like to call it The Before, The Garden and The After. Why would this book voted as the second best choice for Goodreads under the category 'Horror' (which I felt, the book isn't really under 'Horror' if you ask me but rather what I said in the second paragraph), it manages to bring that suspenseful feeling of knowing more about a victim, that could be the suspect - Maya, one of the girls that had been held captive in a place called 'The Garden'. Before, she has another name and a life that describes what sort of horrible life she went through until she was kidnapped by 'The Gardener'. She wakes up in a cave that is designed like a garden, with twenty other women, whom were also being held captive as well not their own will by 'The Gardener'. He tattoos Maya a butterfly wings, rapes her as he sees fit but took care of her. So were the other girls that are there. She gets to know each of the girls and know that by the age of 21, once a beauty reaches its maturity, no one ever lives through that age... and like a Butterfly encased on resin, beauty preserves. Do you understand where I am heading with this summary?

 

So even though the book is divided into three Roman Numerals, the story is told in two scenes - Maya being question by two FBI investigators after being rescued with some other girls and Maya's story before her rescued and what her experience was in the Garden and her life before. This does feels like a method being used and told like Bryan Singer's The Usual Suspects. You see, Agent Victor Hanoverian isn't sure if Maya is a victim at all and he needs to know the truth. Interesting enough, the way that the author deliver each page was quite ingenious and had me hook for quite some time. I would have read it in one sitting but there is so much to absorb and to like - especially the description of each character, the Garden, the intentions and goals involved, the sickness of it and to a point the understanding is pretty well-done. To sum it up, I really enjoy it and it has been quite a while I found a book that I enjoy it because it does not really beat around the bush. I mean, yes - Maya did beat around the bush with Victor during interrogation but it was pretty straightforward kind and the exchange of dialogue is challenging. The sick philosophy about Butterflies from the perspective of a serial rapist is well explained of its intentions and why he tattoos them is all cleared and made of. And to read it overall as a book - its a book I held my hands wanting to know more and finally, I just read past my bedtime and now typing out this review means this book is a worthy read.

 

There are some problems along the way as I read it. For one - the realism of the premise is just unbelievable. I mean - twenty over kidnapped girls in one big cavern garden controlled by The Gardener and one sick older son... any of these kidnap victims can overwhelm them. Maybe the logic behind is that they are very young and afraid but in today's modern world, I do wonder how victims are chosen... especially when one of the victims sort of out on her own loop on the head side. I had to suspend disbelief in order to accept it because it is rather unrealistic. One victim I can truly understand but 20 girls its high maintenance. Secondly, the The Gardener background story, even though it is well explained of its intentions I felt it is rather quite think. The why is explained... its just that the basis of it just don't hold too strong of it. And then... the ending. Well, yes - there is a twist in the ending but rather, I felt the twist is rather weak. I mean, okay I can understand all of that but that twist is just not able to make it deliciously tasty. It just feels like when I ordered my coffee to be hot, it just taste lukewarm. Not that I complained much but that twist wasn't necessary even though it does explain certain parts as its meant to be part of but rather, its not and I would not want to reveal more of it because I do not want to spoil it.

 

In overall sense, I suspend the realism and get to enjoy the book. Thoroughly it has been a while since I read some thing very good even though there are some parts I do not agree upon. There is no struggle in giving it a four star rating (and not even a 3.5) because its worth that much of a rating. What manages that is how the delivery and flow of the story was written well by Dot Hutchison and since this is the first of the trilogy of The Collector series (not connected to one another), I can say I am looking forward her next book. If she can come up with some thing this good of a suspense mystery, I do not mind waiting for the next one and reads it.

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review 2016-11-10 00:00
The Butterfly Garden
The Butterfly Garden - Dot Hutchison I was truly enjoying this one until the “twist” at the end and then I was left scratching my head. *Major Book Ruining Spoiler Alert* Sophia was a captive in the fucking garden, escaped, and didn’t tell anybody about it except for Maya, so Maya knew about the garden before she was taken?!?! WTF!! No, seriously, WTF?!?! I think it was supposed to make the whole thing gel together, but it did the exact opposite for me. I was really digging it, until then too. I still think it was a very good read and it is unfortunate that the author felt it necessary to throw in such a curve. Went from a solid 4+ star to a 2.5 in a couple of chapters. Damn.
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review 2016-09-14 23:30
The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
The Butterfly Garden - Dot Hutchison

The Butterfly Garden is a mystery/thriller type of book that begins with two detectives interviewing one of the victims of a case they just found out about. The problem is neither on of them can really figure out if she was truly a victim or not, and the horrors she is explaining gets more and more strange and horrifying by the minuet.

But, they must tough it out, and let this young woman tell her story how it is suppose to be told before it is all too late.

This book was extremely good. I loved the way it was written and the whole entire story.
It was a mix of mystery, and thriller all in one. I loved the way it was an "interview" and how the main character explained her story, and how she acted throughout the whole thing. I loved the main character as well. She was extremely strong and brave throughout this story no matter what happened to her.

I finished reading this book and felt seriously creeped out. This has a major crazy factor thrown in there, and I totally don't want to see a butterfly again, but other than that this was a great book if you like the psychological thriller type of stuff.

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