The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1) by Dot Hutchison

The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1)

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 Ha...

Details The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1)

TitleThe Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1)
Release DateJun 1st, 2016
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Mystery, Horror, Fiction, Crime, Mystery Thriller

Reviews The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1)

  • Emily May
    At night the Garden was a place of shadows and moonlight, where you could more clearly hear all the illusions that went into making it what it was. The Butterfly Garden was a book I knew nothing about. I haven't been highly anticipating it for months and it only made it on to my "to read" shelf a few days ago. But it popped up in my GR feed and everything about it called to me. It exuded a dark creepiness that drew me in. It promised a story of ...
  • Leah Bayer
    This is the stupidest goddamn book. If you can suspend every inch of disbelief in your body and go into The Butterfly Garden accepting that it's in some kind of alternate fantasy world where women lack free will of any kind then maybe it's an okay book. Let's take a brief quiz to see how you'd do!You wake up in a garden prison constructed by a madman who kidnapped you and is going to kill you on your 21st birthday. Do you (a) try to escape or (b)...
  • Chelsea Humphrey
    I feel confident stating that this book will not be for everyone; I even feel fairly confident that this book won’t be for most people. It is dark, graphic, twisted, and touches on almost every taboo subject I can think of. Not since I read Karin Slaughter’s Pretty Girls last year has a book disturbed me so completely.So why in the world would anyone want to read this book might you ask? This was the most uniquely crafted story I think I have...
  • Lola Reviewer
    Hallelujah! I’m done! I’m done! I finally finished reading this book. Finally.I thought it would never ever ever end. First things first. The author does create an original story with a one-of-a-kind world-building and type of narration.I’ll let that sink in, because it’s true and not to be overlooked.AND. The beginning and ending are extremely thrilling. This author sure knows how to wrap up a story. I was especially happy to have all of...
  • Shelby *trains flying monkeys*
    Suppose you woke up and wasn't at home? You are in a very strange new place. You are disoriented from being drugged and then a girl with a huge butterfly tattoo on her back tells you that this is your new home. A garden that is overseen by The Gardener. The Gardener has chosen you to be one of his "Butterflies."Before we go farther let's discuss what exactly that means. The Gardener is a sick, sick man. He captures women and brings them to this g...
  • Candace
    Check out more of my reviews at www.bookaddicthaven.comWhew! This was one of the creepiest stories that I've read in a long time. It was just so damn sick that I can't wrap my mind around it. This one was disturbing and bizarre, but I loved it!This story is told from the POV of Maya, a young woman that has just been rescued from a serial killer, and the FBI agents that are interrogating her. Maya refuses to be rushed as she recounts her tale, to ...
  • Maxine (Booklover Catlady)
    The Gardener likes to collect butterflies for his collection...This book left me speechless! One of my favourite reads of 2016 so far and a book I will never ever forget reading. The synopsis just sucked me in and from reading the very first paragraph I knew my choice to delve into this novel was a good one. Time just flew by and I lost track of my life as I read this exceptional novel. This one got me on so many levels. I can't rave enough.Let's...
  • Mischenko
    This book is featured as this week's pick for Throwback Thursday @ Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison is a captivating thriller. The collector a.k.a. “The Gardner” begins collecting girls and tattooing them with beautiful designs. His plan is to keep them until they reach a certain age and then make them permanent fixtures in his garden for all to see. The girls know their fate, but it’s a mystery ...
  • Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
    For more than a year now I've been making little pictures for my reviews, and this is the first time it doesn't feel right, especially if using a butterfly. Thinking about letting my mind wander around that particular insect makes me sick, if I'm completely honest. I'd rather not express my thoughts that way because it would feel a little like corrupting myself. Those who read The Butterfly Garden know. The only art I can think of is a huge, cove...
  • Laura
    I found myself engrossed by the writing and story in the beginning. I needed to know what happened to these girls called “butterflies.” I needed to know how they finally got away. I needed to know how they came to be in the garden. I’m a sucker for an excellent thriller. This one had the makings of one filled with originality and horror. The creepiness finds its way deep under your skin tearing through to your soul. Unfortunately it didn’...
  • Mary Beth
    Wow! Dynamite! What did I just read? So dark, disturbing, and torturing. Pure Evil! At the same time, even though I was horrified with it, it was my kind of book. It dealt with all kinds of different feelings and emotions, that I still have after reading this book. I could never forget this book. It kept me up all night long turning the pages. Before picking this up I give you a huge warning but it is so fantastic! It is not for everyone. If you ...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    Once or twice a year, if I am lucky, a get to read a book that really touches some inner part of me. The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison is such a book.I had not heard of Dot Hutchison before picking up The Butterfly Garden. Now I want to read every word she has ever written, and every word she is going to write in the future. Once I started reading, I could not put it down.Despite the beautiful title, the subject matter is quite dark, horrific...
  • Fabi
    The Butterfly Garden is a chillingly brilliant concept. Major kudos to the author. But...Where is an editor when you need one?!On the surface, this is a gripping tale of survival. I understand why so many people are finding it riveting. But it didn't work for me. I realize this will be a wildly unpopular review but I'm going to try to spell out the reasons why I found it impossible to immerse myself in the story.First of all, I don't usually read...
    "But my wings couldn’t move and I couldn’t fly, I couldn’t even cry. All that was left to me was the terrorand the agony and the sorrow." Wow! this was like totally fucked up!HOLD UP A SECOND! THIS IS... THIS IS YA?!? I'M DONE. I NEED SOMETHING FUNNY AND CUTE NOW!!Not very long ago Captive in the Dark was the craziest book i knew of. I couldn't even imagine any other book being able to beat the creepiness of that story. Then came You, and J...
  • Nenia ✨ Queen of Literary Trash, Protector of Out-of-Print Gems, Khaleesi of Bodice Rippers, Mother of Smut, the Unrepentant, Breaker of Convention ✨ Campbell
    Instagram || Twitter || Facebook || Amazon || Pinterest09/28/17: This book is currently $1.99 for Kindle (and so is the sequel!)Huge thank yous to the author and publisher for putting this book up on Netgalley. It's probably one of the best books I've received for review from that site this year. I'm rather desperate to get my hands on A WOUNDED NAME now. Authors who excel at doom and gloom are so few and far betweenBut Hutchison does. Oh, boy, s...
  • Kayla Overbey
    Due to a VERY slow day at work, I started and finished this book in one day! It was captivating, brilliant, and nauseating. I loved the writing, and the story felt so original. Kudos to the author.Why did I knock off a star? One big reason: I didn't like the ending. It all seemed too wrapped up, and the "surprise" just felt unnecessary. It didn't add anything for me other than a confused, "seriously?" feeling. After everything, THAT was the secre...
  • Kendall
    WOW... alright ladies and gents listen up... What a dark and beautiful mind f**k! This book was truly disturbing and graphic and let me tell you definitely NOT for your average thriller lover. Firstly, let me just say I will never look at a butterfly the same way again.. like EVER. This was such a uniquely crafted novel! It completely sucked me in and I could NOT put it down. I devoured this like a triple cinnamon cupcake from Sprinkles (my obses...
  • Melissa ♥ Dog Lover ♥ Martin
    This book was my kindle first May pick and it's very disturbing. *TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE*--->EXCERPTEXCERPT
  • Councillor
    "What choices are you making, Desmond?""I don't think I'm making any choices right now.""Then you're automatically making the wrong ones. [...] Not making a choice is a choice. Neutrality is a concept, not a fact. No one actually gets to live their lives that way." Imagine the following scenario: You are living your normal life; as complicated and difficult as it may be, at least you are living your life in freedom. Until one day everything chang...
  • RedemptionDenied
    This was a decent enough psychological/mystery/horror thriller - that won't be to everyone's liking; due to the subject matter. It starts off with two FBI agents, Victor Hanoverian and Brandon Eddison, interviewing a young woman, Maya/Inara, who was rescued with other girls that were being held captive by a person only known as 'The Gardener.' The story is told in third and first person perspectives. The third person being in the interview room (...
  • Megan Johnson
    This book was one of the best I have read. It had so many twists and turns in it that you couldn't help but keep reading the book! This book was one creepy book! I don't want to spoil it for anyone, but if you don't have a good stomach, I wouldn't read this book..Honestly, this is one of the hardest books I've had to review. You really can't say much without giving away the entire book! The one thing I will say is take notes! You will forget shit...
  • Kelly (and the Book Boar)
    Find all of my reviews at: actually heard about The Butterfly Garden from one of my real life friends (I know I know shocking to hear I have friends, but have no fear there’s only like three of them). Per usual I was late for the party and ended up FIFTY-SECOND on the waiting list. Thank Jeebus I don’t age in dog years! Fastforward six months and I finally got it.The story is about a woman named Maya, a sur...
  • destini mia
    "Where are we?""The Garden." This book fucked me up. Take a look at me anytime while I was reading The Butterfly Garden and you'd find me like this: with a hand over my gaping mouth, eyes bugging out, and a greenish tint to my face. I'm still here like, what the shit did I just read?Well let me tell you what I just read. A dark, twisted story about girls savaged by a delusional captor who *trigger warning* stamps, rapes, and then kills them (not...
  • Elise (TheBookishActress)
    I was good at escaping people, not manipulating them. Actual Rating: 3.5 Stars. I've been sitting here with my mouse frozen for a little while now because I have to say, this could have been a five up until the final chapter. I'm joining the ranks of almost every reviewer on the page - the ending reveal is horribly anticlimactic, and I'd argue that element should've been changed. Yet aside from that one element, I adored this. The primary streng...
  • Brenda
    This book had me absolutely mesmerized! Right from the first chapter all the way to the end, I was held captive. The Garden sounded absolutely idyllic except for its purpose. Everything sounded beautiful except for The Gardener.I really don't want to touch on the plot or the characters. Go into this book ignorant. Don't even read the blurb. Let it seep under your skin, into your heart, and into your mind. I loved the characters, especially the st...
  • Raeleen Lemay
    When I started this book, I was able to recognize that it wasn't very well written, but the plot was interesting enough to keep me going. However, as the book went on I discovered that the story wasn't actually as well formed as I'd originally presumed. This book felt very sloppy, almost as if it were a first draft that still needed heavy editing. The writing felt amateurish, and the teenage voice wasn't portrayed very well. Anytime Maya was tell...
  • Sh3lly ☽ Guardian of Beautiful Squids and Lonely Moons ☽
    3.5 stars. I don't normally choose books like this to read, but when the peer pressure kicks in, sometimes I indulge. (I'm such a sucker for a buddy read.) This book has very mixed reviews and from what I can see, there are about a million and two great reviews out there, so I'll just post a quickie.We start with a girl in an interrogation room, being interviewed by FBI agents. She doesn't seem to be very forthcoming, is a bit mouthy, and doesn't...
  • Jan
    Could not put this down!!I became obsessed with the plight of these 'Butterflies' and the twisted, psychopathic monster they called The Gardener. I just saw that the rights for movie development were purchased-hell yes! This would make one heck of a box offer thriller.More review to come....So, now that I've had a couple of days to percolate on this book, my rating stands. I found myself thinking about this story more than once over the weekend w...
  • Sue
    THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN by Dot Hutchison is a compelling read that deals with rape, captivity but an overall tale of strength and survival…in the hands of an EVIL man known as the Gardener. The imagery is vivid and enables you to sense the atmosphere of the beautiful garden and butterflies. But the Gardener is evil and takes teenage girls, until they reach the ripe age of twenty-one when he can preserve them …if they last that long! The Gardener...
  • Carolyn
    This novel is unlike anything I've ever read before. It's dark and disturbing but so beautifully written that it draws you in to the horrifying world constructed within the pages. It's no secret from the description of the book that young girls of around 16 years old have been 'collected' by a man who calls himself the Gardener and brought to a beautiful garden somewhere in New York. The garden is a paradise complete with beautiful trees and flow...