The Summer Children (The Collector, #3) by Dot Hutchison

The Summer Children (The Collector, #3)

This FBI agent has come to expect almost anything—just not this…When Agent Mercedes Ramirez finds an abused young boy on her porch, covered in blood and clutching a teddy bear, she has no idea that this is just the beginning. He tells her a chilling tale: an angel killed his parents and then brought him here so Mercedes could keep him safe.His parents weren’t just murdered. It was a slaughter—a rage kill like no one on the Crimes Against ...

Details The Summer Children (The Collector, #3)

TitleThe Summer Children (The Collector, #3)
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Mystery, Fiction, Suspense, Crime

Reviews The Summer Children (The Collector, #3)

  • Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
    F.B.I Agent Mercedes Ramirez arrived at her home and finds a child on her front doorstep, covered in blood, holding a teddy bear. He tells her that an angel brought him to her, so that she can keep him safe. Agent Ramirez works for The Crimes Against Children. The angel murders parents that abuse their children, then drops them off at Mercedes door. Lots of children are being dropped off, one at a time. They are all traumatized. This is the third...
  • Mackey
    The Summer Children is the third in The Collector’s Series by Hutchison, the most popular, of course, being the first one: The Butterfly Garden. This is one of those rare books for me that crossed genres of horror, thriller, police procedural and simply great fiction primarily due to the incredible writing skills of Hutchison. Admittedly, I have not read either of the two other books in the series so I have nothing against which to compare thi...
  • destiny ♎ [howling libraries]
    #1 The Butterfly Garden ★★★★★#2 Roses of May ★★★★☆#3 The Summer Children ★★★★★I have positively adored this entire trilogy so much, and this was the perfect conclusion, even if I am sad to see it draw to a close. While the books do not follow the exact same plot line and probably could be read as stand-alones if you so desired, I do strongly recommend reading them in their publication order! Once upon a time, there...
  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    EXCERPT: Once upon a time, there was a little girl who was scared of the dark. Which was silly, even she knew that. There was nothing in the dark to hurt you that wasn't also in the light. You just couldn't see it coming. ABOUT THIS BOOK: This FBI agent has come to expect almost anything—just not this…When Agent Mercedes Ramirez finds an abused young boy on her porch, covered in blood and clutching a teddy bear, she has no idea that this is j...
  • Jane
    Well now, The Summer Children was a really happy surprise for me! I'm one of those huge fans of The Butterfly Garden who felt a bit let down by Roses of May, so I went into this book hoping for the best but with tempered expectations. I don't know if that tempering helped me have the right perspective for this one or not, but the end result is that I really enjoyed this book!To be clear, if you're hoping for more of the creepiness that was The Bu...
  • Jess☺️
    The summer children by Dot Hutchison is the third in the collector series and it is for me probably the best one with the butterfly garden coming second the rose of may last.It's kind of haunting and harrowing all at the same time when you read the tiny snippets of the childrens life history of physical abuse which is enough to make you brain work over time and your anger start to fizz.I like the quirky little family the detective's have made wit...
  • Marialyce
    3.5 hard to read starsCan there be a harder job than having to be and FBI agent whose unit is in charge of crimes against children, especially involving sexual crimes? This must be an absolutely heart breaking task and I am pretty sure the burn out rate must be high. We wonder how anyone can possibly hurt children and it is even more gruesome when the pervert is a parent or a relative.In this third outing we meet with Mercedes Ramiriez, an agent,...
  • Dennis
    The Summer Children is the final arc of Dot Hutchison's The Collector Trilogy, tying up odds and ends for police team Ramirez and Eddison (I love calling police officers by their last name, sorry Law and Order: SVU has forever changed me). The Summer Children dives more into the life of Agent Mercedes Ramirez, especially when children begin to show up at her doorstep, confiding in her chilling details about this Angel who has single-handedly m...
  • Fiona
    This series remains one of my favourites, but The Summer Children now holds the title as my favourite entry.As before, we're following our team of agents - now including Sterling from Roses of May, yay! - and this time the focus is on Mercedes. Unlike the last books, we don't spend this one looking through the view of the subject of a case, but directly from Mercedes herself. There's something about the way that Dot Hutchison writes such horrific...
  • Kristie
    This story once again returns us to Brandon Eddison, Victor Hanoverian, and Mercedes Ramirez. We also hear from our butterflies, Inara and Bliss. Priya Sravasti is still in contact and our favorite agent from Priya's case, Eliza Sterling, has moved over to Virginia to join our team too. We also get to meet a few new agents, including a friend of Mercedes that she was in training with and I'm hoping to see more of her in future books. As you can s...
  • Rachel
    Well. All I have to say about Dot Hutchison's Collector series is: nothing gold can stay. Dark, twisted, and gripping, I thought The Butterfly Garden was altogether pretty brilliant. But Hutchison's followup novel, Roses of May, provided a starling (and in my opinion, utterly grating) tonal shift, abandoning a lot of the creepiness of the first novel and coming across as ultimately rather juvenile. I was hoping The Summer Children might bounce ba...
  • Jennifer
    4 - 4.5 starsDot Hutchinson has fully redeemed herself in the final book of the Collector Series, The Summer Children. I was fully captivated by The Butterfly Garden (review can be here: and I couldn’t get enough. So when Roses of May came out, I was beyond excited. While RoM was enjoyable, it just didn’t have the same “grip” factor. Review here: all of...
  • BAM The Bibliomaniac
    Netgalley #62Many thanks go to Dot Hutchinson, Thomas and Mercer, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for my unbiased review.Each Collecter Series book has a different POV. The Summer Children is expressed from Detective Mercedes Ramirez's eyes. Children are being left on her front porch-bloody and with teddy bears. Their parents are being killed in front of them. Who's doing the killing but sparing the children and why?I've ...
  • Rohit Enghakat
    The book cover was beautiful. I picked it up the book from Net Galley when I found the average rating which was well above 4. I had huge expectations from the book but somewhere I could not connect with the characters.This is about FBI agent Mercedes Ramirez working in the Crimes Against Children Dept who finds herself investigating murders when children are dropped at her home after being rescued from their abusive homes. She is aided by her col...
  • Monnie
    So much did I love the first two books in this series The Butterfly Garden and The Roses of May that I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one. And I thoroughly enjoyed it as well, although for a somewhat different reason. It doesn't have the emotionally charged, edge-of-your-seat thrills like the others, but the writing is superb and I loved the character development and their interactions with one another.And to that end, I'll offer a word of...
  • Mel
    Dot Hutchison is an absolute auto buy auto read author for me. Her writing is addicting. It flows so well. It’s like candy, you just keep going and going until there’s nothing left to consume. I read all of this in the span of 5 hours and I haven’t done that in ages. Here’s the thing, her mysteries are predictable. Both novels I’ve guessed the killer the moment we met them because there’s just no one else it could be. It’s too simpl...
  • Colleen
    5 StarsARC provided by Thomas & Mercer via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.Dot Hutchison has done it again! I was enthralled from the first page of The Summer Childrenand could not put this book down! I read it in a day. The characters are vivid and compelling. The plot kept me guessing, kept me turning the pages long into the night. The writing is beautiful, haunting, and heartbreaking.The story is set three years after the events of ...
  • Jean
    The Summer Children is the third installment in The Collector series. You definitely should read the prior 2 books before reading this one. I loved the storyline in this book. A guardian angel is "saving" children from their abuse at home and dropping them off at FBI agent Mercedes Ramirez's home where they are told they will be safe. The problem with the book was that there was too much personal drama in it. Do co-workers really have that many s...
  • Anne
    I loved this final book in the trilogy! The Butterfly Garden had my attention from the first page and so I was invested in the characters already. And even though this novel deals with horrific instances of child abuse and murder, if you can stomach that you are in for a real treat of a novel! We see the FBI agents, Mercedes, Eddison, Sterling, and Vic as humans with compassion as well as all the flaws that come with life's challenges--especially...
  • DebsD
    I've been eagerly waiting for this - the third in The Collector series - to show up on Netgalley, and I read it within 24 hours of its appearance. My thoughts here are written immediately after finishing, and I will probably return to add to this review later. This one didn't grab me and make me love it the way the second book did - but honestly, for me, that second book was a tough act to follow, and this is still a fabulous book. It shows the s...
  • Malina Skrobosinski
    "Scars mean we survived something, even when the wounds still hurt." The Summer Children is the third installment in what we all thought was going to be a trilogy, but surprise, Dot Hutchison announced that she is keeping the Collector series alive with a fourth, and I for one am looking forward to it. While this one wasn't my favorite in the series, it's not without it's shining moments. It's evident that Dot is a beautiful writer. She has the a...
  • Volha
    I kept thinking about what to write about this book. It was certainly very well-written, very emotional and hard to talk about. Crimes against children is a tough subject on the best of days and it twists my stomach to think and to know that people who should love their children commit atrocities against them. So many lives broken with no chance to be innocent again. This book follows Mercedes Ramirez together with her fellow FBI agents in a purs...
  • ❆Francesca (Mother of Cats) Selina❆
    Sweet baby Jeezus, I didn’t know this beauty was available on NetGalley...will it last until Sunday? Not a chance!! 😈😈 #yas #cometomama #readytobefuckedup #Dotyoubloodygenius ≿————- ❈ ————-≾ AMAZING, BEAUTIFULLY & ELEGANTLY WRITTEN, CHARACTERS WONDERFULLY TANGIBLE, BREATHTAKING PLOT Detailed review to come.
  • Jennifer
    I first found Dot Hutchison’s The Butterfly Garden (The Collector Trilogy #1) simply because it was free to listen to on Kindle Unlimited. I started listening to it and fell in love. It was an amazing story and so wonderfully written. I finished it in one day and then bought the book. After that I owned Roses of May (The Collector Trilogy #2) audio and hardcopy the day it was released. It was also a great story. I was lucky enough, thanks to Ne...
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of The Summer Children, the third novel in The Collector Series, featuring FBI Agent Mercedes Ramirez.Mercedes returns home from date night to find a bloodied child on her doorstep. 8 year old Ronnie Wilkes is unharmed and says an angel killed his mum and dad and took him to Mercedes who would keep him safe. He is just the first.I thoroughly enjoyed The Summer Children which ...
  • Maranda
    Reviews take into consideration the characters, plot, and the skill that both are told. Dot Hutchison excels with the development of in depth character personalities and fast moving story. I did read "The Butterfly Garden" the first in this Collector series. It was a telling that stays with the reader after the last page is turned. The Summer Children is the third in this series but could be picked up as a stand-alone. Presentation of a team of F...
  • Lisa Grønsund
    Full review soon to come. For now, I can say that it was a great conclusion to an extremely well-executed trilogy. I didn't quite enjoy this book as much as the first, but I liked it better than the prequel. Since it's right in the middle of both prior books, I'm statistically speaking landing on a 3,75 star-rating. However, since it's a weird rating for me to award I'd like to state my real rating at 3,5 stars and a rating of 4 stars to the seri...
  • Jayasree B
    There is a good plot in this book. While abuse is a thread running strong throughout the book, certain sections of the book have a much horrific version than the rest. Stomach turningly horrific. There is evil in this world and sometimes we choose to ignore it willfully. This is something that a few characters do with aplomb in The Summer Children. But the CAC team tries hard to stop further damage. So, if you are someone who can not read about b...
  • Sarah Ames-Foley
    You can also find this review on my sexual assault, pedophilia, domestic abuse, drug use, pretty much everything related to thatSpoiler-free Review of an ARC Provided by the PublisherAs with The Roses of May, I avoided reading any kind of plot summary beforehand, because I was positive I would like whatever Dot had in mind for the third installment of the series. I was so excited when I realized we finally get a book centering around th...
  • Deb
    Enjoyed this book immensely! So glad I won it and got the opportunity to read it in exchange for just a review. It reminded me of a combination of Dexter and Criminal Investigations in a lot of ways and kept me reading and reading. Imagine being in a terrible torturous situation and then suddenly being saved,( no spoilers). Read this book if you liked these television series.