Roses of May (The Collector, #2) by Dot Hutchison

Roses of May (The Collector, #2)

Four months after the explosion at the Garden, a place where young women known as the Butterflies were kept captive, FBI agents Brandon Eddison, Victor Hanoverian, and Mercedes Ramirez are still entrenched in the aftermath, helping survivors in the process of adjusting to life on the outside. With winter coming to an end, the Butterflies have longer, warmer days of healing ahead. But for the agents, the impending thaw means one gruesome thing: a ...

Details Roses of May (The Collector, #2)

TitleRoses of May (The Collector, #2)
Release DateMay 23rd, 2017
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Mystery, Horror, Fiction, Crime

Reviews Roses of May (The Collector, #2)

  • Chelsea Humphrey
    Oh boy. Where to start. I knew I shouldn’t have complained about the dang ending in the previous book. Deep breath. So last year I stumbled upon a novel titled The Butterfly Garden on NetGalley and decided it looked equal parts disturbing and beautiful, and it was both of those things and so much more. I have raved about that book for well over a year now, and if the ending hadn’t thrown in a few unnecessary details in attempting a shocking t...
  • Candace
    'Roses of May' is the second book in 'The Collector' series, by Dot Hutchison. Although there are a few connections, through characters, between the two books, they are really not a major factor. This book could easily be read as a standalone.This book is told from multiple POVs, but the majority of the book is told from the POV of Priya Sravasti. Year's ago, Priya's sister, Chavi, was murdered by a serial killer that has managed to evade capture...
  • Pouting Always
    Years ago Priya Sravasti's sister was murdered by a serial killer who is still at large, leaving her family irreversibly changed. Her mother, Deshani, must constantly change location for her work helping to shape up HR departments making them move across the country constantly. When Priya's mother is profiled for her success she happens to mention the new town they're moving to this time leading the serial killer after them. When flowers that mat...
  • Mischenko
    See my full review @ read The Butterfly Garden in 2016 and it was truly a captivating thriller. When I saw that the second book was out, I requested it from NetGalley right away. The problem was that I was too late getting to it and ended up having to purchase the book. I didn’t mind because I expected that I would love this one as much as the first.The story follows Priya, a girl who lost her sister Ch...
  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    For those that loved THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN... This is the second book of The Collector Series. I recommend that you start with book 1 The Butterfly Garden. I loved The Butterfly Garden and this one was really creepy good. I didn't find it to be as disturbing as the first book. I loved this one too. It continues the story of the butterfly girls while introducing us to a new plot. There is a new serial killer who kills a teenage girl and leaves her ...
  • Tulay
    Don't recommend.This second book isn't as engaging as the first book. One clever and obnoxious girl and her mother. Understanding and patient FBI characters. Parts of the story was confusing, found myself re-reading some parts. Won't be reading the next book in this series.
  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    #1 The Butterfly Garden ★★★★★#2 Roses of May ★★★★☆#3 The Summer Children ★★★★★ "And he realizes that no, he doesn't have to be here. There's no Bureau requirement, no order, no generally agreed guideline, nothing official that mandates his presence at the funeral of a girl who killed herself because the seams where she broke the first time were too fragile to stitch together a second time." It's hard enough on the ag...
  • Jill Croce-McGill
    Wow... Dot Hutchison has done it again!!! Her imagination is scary, creepy and absolutely brilliant!The Roses of May is the 2nd book in “The Collector" trilogy series, but it isn’t a direct sequel to The Butterfly Garden. You will see the “Butterflies” throughout, but the main focus of this book is on a teenage girl, Priya Sravasti, who lost her sister to a diabolical serial killer that surrounds his victims with different types of flower...
  • Jan
    Had a love/hate relationship with this book, and I think I have myself to blame for that!As soon as I saw the follow up to The Butterfly Garden, I knew I had to grab this, hoping for another 5 star read. I honestly don't think I even bothered to read the description-I just had to know what happened to the captive Butterflies! I don't think I am the only person who felt this way either.So here is where the disappoint comes into play and my expecta...
  • Meredith
    3.5 starsRoses of May is a psychological thriller about a young girl seeking closure for her sister’s murder. Priya Sravasti’ is being targeted by a serial killer; the same killer that murdered her sister several years ago. The majority of the narrative is told through Priya’s POV. She is struggling to cope with her sister’s death, her father’s abandonment, and her desire for revenge. At the same time, Priya is being protected by the Qu...
  • Sarah Joint
    The Butterfly Garden was a book that stuck with me. It was dark, it was disturbing, it is the kind of book you just don't simply forget about. Though I remembered the plot well and most of the characters, I re-read it before this one. Not only to refresh my memory, but because I just knew I'd genuinely enjoy it again. I'm glad I did, and would really recommend you start with the first book before this one. Though it adds new main characters, seve...
  • Sarah
    This book isn't really a proper sequel in my opinion. I was really confused at the start of the book because I couldn't figure out who each of the characters were and whether they were in book 1 or not; Google wasn't much help so I just powered on reading in hopes that I would catch on and eventually, I did. I feel like this book would have been a lot better if it was a standalone book and not part of the trilogy. Hutchison could have kept the Qu...
  • Monnie
    Right up front, I will say this: Before you read this book - the second in the author's Collector Trilogy - read the first (The Butterfly Garden). It's probably possible to read this one as a standalone, but I'm quite sure I would not have enjoyed it half as much without being privy to the background and characters from its predecessor.And boy, did I ever enjoy it! While it's not quite as dark and grisly as the first, perhaps, it's not all that f...
  • Abby (Crime by the Book)
    Find my full review here: stars for this one. While I did enjoy this book, I didn’t *love* it. It’s incredibly hard not to compare this book to its predecessor, THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN - this book just doesn’t have the same gripping, addictive, dark tension of TBG. That being said, I did really enjoy this story’s main character, Priya. This one’s a mixed bag!
  • Tudor Vlad
    I received an advanced copy of this book courtesy of Thomas & Mercer and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. “How do you put yourself back together when the pieces permanently lost are the only reasons anyone’s looking at you?”The thing with this book is that you have to leave The Butterfly Garden behind, don’t do the mistake I did and expect a sequel with the same spirit as the original, this is not what you’re going to get. Wh...
  • Rachel
    Roses of May is more of a companion novel, rather than a sequel, to Hutchinson's The Butterfly Garden. We sort of pick up where we left off, chronologically, but then we follow a different thread. FBI Agent Brandon Eddison features more heavily in this novel, and we see a fair bit of Inara and Bliss, but the meat of the story is about a new character altogether. Priya Svrasti's sister Chavi was murdered by a serial killer five years ago; every Ma...
  • Yellagirlgc
    This book wasn't what I expected but I loved it. While Inara and Bliss from the 1st Collector book were the same crazy girls. This book was about Priya and the serial killer that killed her sister Chavi. Now I'm wondering in which direction the 3rd Collector book will take. Dot Hutchison has quickly become a writer on my watch list! NetGalley delivered a copy for an honest review.
  • Jennifer
    I received this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.It has taken me a few days to write this review because I haven’t been totally sure how I wanted to rate it. I think I have finally settled on 3.5 stars. It wasn’t as good as Butterfly Garden, so it had to be a lesser rating than what I gave that, but I still really enjoyed it.I think the best thing that you could possibly know about Roses of May is the fact that it is not a...
  • Stephanie
    The Roses of May is the 2nd book in “The Collector Series” trilogy by Dot Hutchison but it is not a direct sequel to The Butterfly Garden. Instead, it’s a story about a completely different serial killer whose been killing one girl every spring for over a decade and leaving each of them covered in a different flower. It also has a brand new main character, Priya Sravasti, whose sister was one of the killer’s victims 5 years ago.The Roses ...
  • Jane
    UPDATED 5/24/18 -- Increased rating from 2 to 3.5 stars.Ok, I gave this one another go and was finally able to get into it a bit better. I think the mistake I made was choosing the audiobook route for this one. The story itself is ok, and the narrators are ok, but together I think this is a case where the sum of the parts far exceed the whole.As far as the story goes, I think I unfairly went into this expecting and wanting more Butterfly Garden s...
  • Charlotte Annelise
    I really enjoyed The Butterfly Garden so I was excited to read this one. However, I didn't enjoy Roses of May like I enjoyed The Butterfly Garden. It was more of a companion book than a sequel, which made it read much differently to the first. However, I would still recommend reading The Butterfly Garden first. I couldn't keep up with the beginning of the novel and did struggle to read the rest of it. Overall, it was a confusing storyline and did...
  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    Finished reading: May 11th 2017 "The public steals tragedies from victims. ... These things happened to us, to our loved ones, but it hits the news and suddenly everyone with a TV or computer feels like they're entitled to our reactions and recoveries." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[I'm going to be honest and admit I was complet...
  • Asheley
    When I finished The Butterfly Garden, I wasn't sure if I would continue with this series. I remember closing that book on my Kindle, sitting down, and pacing for a few minutes because I needed to process what I had just read. It's dark and disturbing and just, wow. And I didn't love the ending. But I couldn't help myself and a few days later, I caved and started this one.But oh my goodness: I COULD NOT STOP READING. I'm so puzzled by the mixed re...
  • Roz
    I want to give this 4 stars, but I gave the first book 4 stars and that was better than this, so I don't know what to do. I really loved this and I can't wait to read book three asap. Let's say it's 3.75 rounded up.
  • Sam (Clues and Reviews)
    After reading (and obsessing over) The Butterfly Garden earlier this year, I was elated to find out that this book would be a part of a “collector” trilogy. The Roses of May, by Dot Hutchison, is the second novel in this trilogy. Not knowing whether or not this one would start where the first novel left off or if it would focus on a new set of “collections”, I was eager to find out. The novel did have some reoccurrences of original charac...
  • Isabela
    3 stars I still remember reading The Butterfly Garden - it was sick and twisted and interesting, and I couldn't put it down. It'll always be one of my favorite books, simply because of the impact it had on me. When I heard a sequel was coming up I didn't know if I should feel nervous or excited, and now that I've read it I can say I'm a bit disappointed.Roses of May also gave me the chills, it was beautifully written and the athmosphere is very d...