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The Butterfly Garden

(The Collector #1)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  86,506 ratings  ·  8,120 reviews
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 discove
Kindle Edition, 288 pages
Published June 1st 2016 by Thomas & Mercer (first published April 26th 2016)
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Emily May
Jun 17, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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 beauty and horror. And my instincts were right -
Leah Bayer
Jun 13, 2016 rated it did not like it
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) passively accept your fate and go make ~best frie
Chelsea Humphrey
Jun 05, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
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 ever read. Honestly, if I had based my review on the ...more
Aug 10, 2016 rated it it was ok
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 my questions (or so) answered. We still don’t know what w
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 garden so that he has his own little weird harem. H
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Whew! 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 the utter frustration of the agents. The story alt
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 have a taste of what pulled me in:

Near an isolate
Dec 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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The 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 exactly how and when it will come about. Maya is one of
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’t stay quite as exciting as I hoped through the middle and ...more
Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘
Jul 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Alienor ✘ French Frowner ✘ by: Emily May

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, covering splash of black paint, for some reason. I'm s
Mary Beth *Traveling Sister*
May 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing

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 haven't read it yet, you need to read it A.S.A.P!
Jun 03, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: published-2016
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 psych-thrillers. I'm more comfortable with tech-t
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 in places. And yet Hutchison writes with an ironi
"But my wings couldn’t move

and I couldn’t fly, I couldn’t even cry.

All that was left to me was the terror

and the agony and the sorrow."

Wow! this was like totally fucked up!

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 Joe just blew my mind. But these two books are rainbows
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09/28/17: 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 between

But Hutchison does. Oh, boy, she does.

I would be very surprised if Hutchison n
Un libro terriblemente emotivo y hermosamente escrito, a pesar de las aberraciones que nos cuenta.

En primera persona a través de la voz de Maya, una de las sobrevivientes de “El Jardín”, conoceremos su historia mientras es entrevistada por los agentes del FBI a cargo del caso. La autora se luce con efectivos saltos en el tiempo para caracterizar a este inquebrantable personaje, pasando por las duras experiencias de su infancia, la búsqueda de su identidad siendo apenas una adolescente y, por sup
Kayla Overbey
May 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
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 secret she'd been holding back from the police? Eh, not
Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin
This book was my kindle first May pick and it's very disturbing. *TRIGGER WARNING: RAPE*


In terror she spoke, letting sink her wings till they trialed in the dust--in agony sobbed, letting sink her plumes till they trailed in the dust--till they sorrowfully trailed in the dust.

But my wings couldn't move and I couldn't fly, and I couldn't even cry.
All that was left to me was the terror and the agony and the sorrow.

This story is about an evil man only known as the Gardener. He
Jun 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 obsession).

The novel starts off with a former captive
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, and just being overall kind of underwhelmed, I did really really like this?

I've l
May 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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 (mainly), and the first person is where she gradual
"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 changes for you; someone kidnaps you; and you wake up
Megan Johnson
May 04, 2016 rated it it was amazing
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... so much is going on in this book at all times.
Oct 12, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The butterfly garden by Dot Hutchison Is the first book in the collector series and I definitely can't wait to read the next 2.
My god after reading this my emotions are all over the place they run from hate, sympathy , and confusion.
This book is a disturbing suspense filled psychological thriller all in one. I'm never going to be able to look at butterfly's the same way ever again.
Dot Hutchison had written this book in such away you need to keep turning the pages and wish that normal everyday li
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I 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 survivor that has been pulled out of a place known to her
destini mia
Jun 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: hello-darkness
"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 spoilers). It's sad, it's sickening, and it's ut
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 strong main character Maya and the patient Special A
Jun 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
The Butterfly Garden reads like a derivative of Tarryn Fisher's Mud Vein. And much like my experience with MV, this book kept my attention from the first and until the last page; yet, I found it so vacuous I'm almost certain that I Iost some neurons.

Firstly, the plot holes had holes.
Secondly, the kidnapped victims seemed (to me) to suffer from a serious case of self-indulgence mixed with an inexplicable lack of self-preservation.
Thirdly, if other book villains somehow got the opportun
Aug 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is dark with a capital favorite kind.

Favorite Quote:
“Some people stay broken. Some pick up the pieces and put them back together with all the sharp edges showing.”

I am now a Dot Hutchinson fan. The imagery she is able to create with words is beyond reproach. Highly recommend for those that enjoy a good mind-fuck.
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 telling her story (the book flips back and forth betwe ...more
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Dot Hutchison is the author of A Wounded Name, a young adult novel based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and the adult thriller The Butterfly Garden. With past experience working at a Boy Scout camp, a craft store, a bookstore, and the Renaissance Faire (as a human combat chess piece), Hutchison prides herself on remaining delightfully in tune with her inner young adult. She loves thunderstorms, mytholog ...more

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“Some people stay broken. Some pick up the pieces and put them back together with all the sharp edges showing.” 129 likes
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