The Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden

by Dot Hutchison

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Overview

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

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.…

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503934719
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 06/01/2016
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 17,848
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

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.

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The Butterfly Garden 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
apthomas99 More than 1 year ago
one word.... unputdownable!!!
Books-With-Maps More than 1 year ago
“It was a strange kind of pain, choosing to lie there under the needles and let them write his ownership into my skin.” Ah man, this book is a book conceived in contrasts. It is creepy, sinister, and disturbing and….wrong, and yet it is compelling, completely engrossing and a thing of utter beauty in the way it was executed. The story shuffles between the present day (interviewing with the FBI), her time working at a restaurant in NY (prior to the Garden), her time in the Garden, which is shown through flashbacks during the FBI interview. Sometimes this can result in a complete complete mess of information and pacing, or stilt the flow but it was done masterfully and truly works here. Every shift in time and setting, I was instantly and seamlessly drawn back in. “…there I was, just another one of the Butterflies in his Garden. God creating his own little world.” The characters were rich and fully fleshed out with depth and dimensions. Even the secondary characters were well crafted and layered. I appreciated the intricate dynamics between the girls; the way they supported each other, protected each other, mourned each other. They weren’t all friends but they were a kind of family. They each had their own personality; a uniqueness that gave each one their own presence in the story….which speaks to the talent of the author. I liked how the Garden and Butterflies, and the Gardener were proper nouns. I can’t tell you why. It gave them significance maybe, importance? I don’t know, but I noticed that detail in the writing and I thought it was an interesting touch. My only complaint (and it’s a small one) would be that some aspects of the ending felt a little convenient, but I was completely enthralled and enjoyed this one!
MusicInPrint More than 1 year ago
Dot Hutchison's The Butterfly Garden is a dark read that cannot be put down. Psychology hats and blinders could be needed! FBI agents interview a female victim who has been kept in a world created by a mad man known as the Gardener. Narrative at first was a bit confusing because it is told in first person by investigative agent Victor Hanoverian and. our teenage girl. The Butterfly Garden in this book is not a place we imagine full of peace and tranquility. Although, the plot is shivery, the telling of the nightmare is quite artfully done by Hutchison. Reminds one of Hitchcock and the Twilight Zone.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
I been reading two or three books. I put the other two aside so I could just read this. This book was just...wow was it uncomfortable at times and yet I wanted to know what happens in the story and characters. The writing style and pacing was also good. This was a sad, dark, uncomfortable, hard to read at times kind of read. And now I hear there's a sequel. Already want to read it.
BrandieC More than 1 year ago
I'm ashamed to admit that I received an ARC of Dot Hutchison's The Butterfly Garden last year but didn't get around to reading it until it was selected as one of the May/June 2017 group reads by the Mystery, Crime, and Thriller Group on Goodreads. I made the mistake of starting it on Sunday night: a mistake because I was so immediately engrossed that I didn't want to put it down, but I had to get up for work on Monday morning. The Butterfly Garden is one of the best thrillers I have read recently. Is this book perfect? No. Does it require some suspension of disbelief? Yes. Was I happy with the twist at the end? Not particularly. So why 5 stars? Because The Butterfly Garden masterfully accomplished what it set out to do: it thrilled me, to the extent that I wasn't even aware of the flaws in its logic until I read some of the less generous reviews on Goodreads. If you're looking for a how-to manual for successfully abducting, imprisoning, and murdering young women for 30 years without discovery, this book may not be for you. However, if you want a fast-paced and disturbing escape from the everyday, you need look no further than The Butterfly Garden. As for me, I'm heading off to join FBI Agents Victor Hanoverian, Brandon Eddison, and Mercedes Ramirez on their next case, Roses of May, due out next week. This review was based on a free ARC provided by the publisher.
ManiB More than 1 year ago
(Review taken from http://literaryweaponry.com) “The trouble with sociopaths, really, is that you never know where they draw their boundaries.” This book popped up in my Goodreads recommended list months ago. It had a dark creepiness factor that I just couldn’t resist. Not to mention the amount of overly sensitive people hating on it for questionable themes. If you find the topic offense, then don’t read the book. It’s that simple. No need to hate on others for being entertained by a work of fiction. And, oh, what a chilling work of fiction this is. I really didn’t expect to love it. Sure, I was hoping for some entertainment and to suspend my own reality for a bit but not to love it. But I did. It is a layered, thought provoking, chilling work of horror and I loved every damn page. It’s one of those books that just reached out, pulled me in, and wouldn’t let go. We begin with Special Agent Victor Hanoverian. He and his team have brought a girl, a victim, in for questioning. She and over a dozen other girls were rushed to the local hospital after being rescued from a horrific fire. What Hanoverian doesn’t know is why the girls were there and what horrors they faced in that building. The girl’s name is Maya and it is evident to the police that the others that were rescued from the blaze look to her as a type of leader. All of the the girls but one had detailed, intricate butterflies tattooed on their backs. It is up to Maya to explain to the police what she and the other Butterflies were doing there. The tale she tells to the police is one that would send any mother home to hug her children. It is Maya’s job to get the police to understand what had happened to them in their garden prison. Each girl had come to the garden when they were 16 or 17 years old as captive victims of the Gardener and his son. He is an older gentleman, obviously of some wealth, that kidnaps young women and makes them, in essence, sex slaves. The Gardener loves the girls in his own way and tattoos each of them with their butterflies and re-names them as a reminder that their previous lives no longer belong to them. They then live in his beautiful garden. “Like beauty, desperation and fear were as common as breathing.” Sure, the kidnapping is terrible. And the rape. But what, at least to me, makes this a horror novel is what inevitably happens to the girls. Each and every one he takes only lives to be twenty-one. On their twenty-first birthday he escorts the girl to a locked chamber. A few days later she is on presentation in the hallway, completely encased in resin, her butterfly tattoo on display. For him it is art and the presentation of absolute beauty before it begins to decay. In the Gardener’s warped mind he is doing them a service preserving their beauty. It never occurs to him that he is a rapist and murderer. He is, in his own demented way, an almost likable character. Any good villain should be. For being under 300 pages this book sure packs a punch. This psychological thriller had me absorbed until the very last page. As much as I loved this book I will admit that the ending didn’t meet the excellent story telling of the rest. It felt a little forced, like the author felt obligated to give a twist in the plot. The thing is it didn’t really need any twists. The rest of the story easily had the merits to stand on it’s own. The end just took a little bit away from... (remaining at http://literaryweaponry.com)
NoraR More than 1 year ago
Dark and creepy. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I could not put it down! From the first page I was hooked.....must read!
booklover- More than 1 year ago
He's called The Gardener. In his garden are much treasured butterflies ... young women who have been kidnapped. Once in his hands, he tattoos a beautiful butterfly across their entire backs. He then renames them and then he rapes them. He is a twisted, demented, man. The only way they get to leave is when 'he' decides to release them.. only to be embalmed and encased in resin to always remain young and beautiful. The story opens with FBI Agents Hanoverian and Eddison questioning a survivor when the garden is discovered. The girl says her name is Maya, the name the Gardener gave her. She refuses to reveal her real name and seems reluctant to say much of anything. The other survivors who are in the hospital are not talking, either. Eventually she begins to tell her story ....... And what a story it is! Full of twists and turns and suspense. It's sad, it's horrifying, it's disturbing. This is one you don't want to put down until the surprising ending. Many thanks to the author / Thomas & Mercer / NetGalley who provided a digital copy in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.
Iamlilu More than 1 year ago
The Butterfly Garden I received an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. It did not influence my views or opinion of the book. I want to thank Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley for approving me for this review copy! Rating 4. When I start a book, I give it an initial rating of 3 and it goes up or down as I go along or flat lines. This book had a slow and steady climb. I was pleasantly surprised. Maya’s (or Inara, as we later learn…even that isn't her real name) world had three different phases. We get a quick overview of her early life which had a major impact on her throughout the story. Next came somewhat of a “ normalcy” in her life as she shared a NYC apartment with several of her fellow co-workers of a chic restaurant. This was short lived as she moved on, or more aptly put, kidnapped to the Butterfly Garden. This “world building” on these three levels was done expertly by the author. There was great visualization and I could “feel” her worlds. In Inara’s own words she describes herself, “Let’s call me a shadow child, overlooked rather than broken. I’m the teddy bear gathering dust bunnies under the bed, not the one-legged soldier.” Or like Agent Eddison said, “Some people stay broken. Some pick up the pieces and put them back together with all the sharp edges showing.” I think they are both are right. The setting is an interrogation room as this nightmarish, disturbing and gut retching story unfolds with Inara answering questions in her own time and her way by two FBI agents, Special Agent In-Charge Victor Hanoverian and Special Agent Brandon Eddison. Inara doesn't simply answer the questions…nooo, she has to tell the story. Hence, a slight difference in the flow. The questioning part is formal and concise, after all, it is the FBI agents who are asking the questions. Inara’s answers by telling the story of the Garden, the Gardner and the Butterflies. Both agents found this frustrating; but it was Agent Hanoverian who allowed Inara to tell what happened her way and in her own time. I found this third party telling interesting and a plus on the part of the author. It was soon obvious that Inara was hiding something; but what? Agent Hanoverian knew instinctively that the only way to get to the truth was to allow Inara to tell the story her way. All through this, we are introduced to the other Butterflies: Lyonette, Bliss, Danelle, Ravenna, Marenka, Tereza, Zara, Sirvat. It soon became apparent that there was a bond amongst the Butterflies, a strong one that brought them together old and new, present and past Butterflies. This was evident by the Butterflies refusal to talk to anyone until Maya (they wanted Maya, not Inara) was among them. The development of these characters was on going and they were brought to life for me. All of them were multidimensional. I felt it all and it was unnerving, disgusting, heart wrenching and yes, at times, heart warming. This book, this story is about inhumane treatment and the ugliest of sexual violence imaginable; but it wasn't shoved into your face for shock value, it was what it was…ugly. So what was Inara hiding? I don't know…it was contrived and forced to me. Not at all what I expected. I think more “telling of the story” by Inara was needed; but that’s just me. But in the end…. “Inara blinks rapidly, her eyes bright, but then tears spill over her lashes and down her cheeks. She touches a fingertip to the damp skin with astonishment.
dlvandruff More than 1 year ago
First of all I must say, this is one of my favorite books. Yes, I liked it that much!! I read this book in one sitting, mainly because I couldn't put it down. Literally! I carried this book everywhere I went and everything I did. If I had a spare second, I wanted it where I could read just that much more. Awesome, awesome, read!! I immensely enjoyed every page! Great characters, unique story line, what can I say, perfect!!! 5 Stars!!
Sandy5 More than 1 year ago
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.