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, Horror, Crime, Mystery Thriller

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...
  • 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...
  • Kylie D
    Another very good book from Dot Hutchison. It sees FBI Agent Mercedes Ramirez coming home to find a bloody child on her front porch, the victim of child abuse. Over the coming weeks more and more children turn up on the porch, while their parents end up dead. But who is the vigilante? It dregs up all sorts of memories for Mercedes, ones that she would have rather forgotten, and she finds her self questioning her motivations. I didn't find this bo...
  • 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...
  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas
    A compelling and emotional thriller! This book took a positive turn for me after book 2. I really enjoyed Mercedes' POV - she's such a strong character. Dot Hutchinson breathes so much life and emotion into her characters. You can't help but get caught up in the case right along with them. *The storyline was graphic and involved children who suffered abuse and/or neglect at the hands of their parents which isn't easy to read about so it's definit...
  • 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...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • 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
    Updated from re-read, prior to reading review copy of number 4. I love this series, it's genuinely close to my heart. But as much as I love books one and two, this was the book that made me feel like this could really be a long term series, that the magic wasn't going to wear off, and that it wasn't just the agents who had managed to find a home and a family that they could finally rely on. Yep, this is the book where it crossed the border into "...
  • MissBecka
    GAH!!! These books are so freaking good!!!I love all the characters so much and am so freaking excited to spend more time with them in the next book!!!
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Karima chermiti
    #1 : The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1) : 3 stars#2 : Roses of May (The Collector, #2) : 4 starsThis book is so good that I’m now more in love with the first and second book and able to appreciate them more than I did in the past just because this book made me realize something deeper and more genuine about this series and opened my eyes on the incredible talent that is Dot Hutchison. Scars mean we survived something, even when the wou...
  • mina
    ↠3+ Summer Children is a combination of her previous two books, The butterfly garden (where we follow a difficult story) and Roses of May (where the story is more revolving around the characters). There’s not a long list of things I don’t feel comfortable reading, but in this book there are two present and those are child molestation and incest. If its done right I can stomach it however here it didn’t feel like that, it took me a f...
  • 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...
  • Colleen
    5 Stars**My #4 best read of 2018**ARC 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach
    The Summer Children was fantastic... I spent my only day away from the bookstore reading it at home on the couch. Dot Hutchison definitely recaptured the magic of The Butterfly Garden that was missing in The Roses of May. I loved that this book was centered around Mercedes and we went through her struggles and demons while she was trying to find the "angel". Great book! I am so pumped that there is another coming out in 2019.
  • 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.
  • Yellagirlgc
    This is the 3rd book in The Collector series by Dot Hutchison. It featured FBI agent Mercedes Ramirez from the Crimes Against Children or CAC unit. After being an abused child she wanted to help abused children and that's what her team does. Edison, Vic & Sterling are also back along with their "adopted" girls from the first two books. There's a killer targeting parents abusing children. She calls herself an angel and Ramirez is determined to cat...