Hellooo everyone. Alhamdulillah. I’m back. I took a short break to refresh my mind.
How’re you all doing? I’ve been reading a lot and writing a bit.
Today I’m bringing a book review of a wonderful book I read last year – The Butterfly Garden. It’s a sad, and very real book which I highly recommend to everyone.
Have a nice read! 🙌
Book Name: The Butterfly Garden
Author: Dot Hutchison
Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Dark Suspense, Horror
Published: June 1st 2016
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
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…
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 is an incredibly emotional book. The plot is based on some girls who are kept captive in a hidden place called the garden by a psychopath they know as the gardener. They are beated, drugged, raped, locked away. We see things through the main characters POV. Maya explains their ordeal to some investigators.
The imagery used is very clear. The girls are all teenagers, and as soon as they reach 21, the gardener kills them off and places them for a glass for all to see.
The book is so real, it makes you think of girls that disappear. What happened to them? Where could they be? Who took them?
The gardener is a normal family man to society. Someone that people look up to. No-one could ever think he’s a hideous psychopath who tortures girls for pleasure. Worst of all, he included his sons in his wicked quest. His son, Avery turned out to be exactly in not worse, than him.
The girls learn to be friends with each other and protect one another. It’s really devastating to see how their life turned out to be in the garden under surveillance. They undergo different emotions – sad, furious, depressed, suicidal, mental disorders in the course of the years they spend there. The language used is marvellous, the pacing was quite normal and the characters are explored Indepth.