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The Vanishing Season

(The Collector #4)

4.20  ·  Rating details ·  7,609 ratings  ·  734 reviews
A recent abduction becomes an unexpected link to a decades-long spree of unspeakable crimes.

Eight-year-old Brooklyn Mercer has gone missing. And as accustomed as FBI agents Eliza Sterling and Brandon Eddison are to such harrowing cases, this one has struck a nerve. It marks the anniversary of the disappearance of Eddison’s own little sister. Disturbing, too, is the girl’s
Kindle Edition, 317 pages
Published May 21st 2019 by Thomas & Mercer
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Nilufer Ozmekik
May 27, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: i-m-intrigued
3 little sad of ending of the series that I adored but also dissatisfied because of slow burned development and frustrated by the way of storytelling stars!

Okay, Butterfly Garden is one of my best, creepiest, most blood freezing, nail biting, mind bending, nightmarish book and I enjoyed it too much. So when the new books of the series published, naturally I wanted to read more !

Other two books of the series are not bad but not masterpieces, they were regular thriller books! They’re okay-ish!
May 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An amazing & satisfying end to Dot Hutchinson's The Collector series!

"We heal, mostly, but even scars can bleed."

I've come to love the CAC team in this series. With the last two installments we really get to know them and become invested in the family they have formed. In The Vanishing Season 8 year old Brooklyn Mercer goes missing on her short walk home from school. The disappearance allows us to dig deeper into Brandon Eddison's past. I have thoroughly enjoyed Bran and his interaction
Kylie D
Another powerful novel in The Collector series, this one focusing on FBI Agent Eliza Sterling searching for a missing eight year old girl. For Eliza's partner Bran the case has a special meaning. His sister, who looked a lot like the missing girl, also went missing twenty five years ago, never to be seen again. As the case open old wounds for the team, they race to save the girl, but new chilling evidence comes to light, that this girl might not be the only one. This madman, whoever he is, has b ...more
destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]
#1 The Butterfly Garden ★★★★★
#2 Roses of May ★★★★☆
#3 The Summer Children ★★★★★

Sadly, this has been really... odd and not up to par for the series, if that makes sense? I'm setting this aside at 25% but I do plan on picking it back up later to see if it gets better.

Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!
We were first introduced to this series with The Butterfly Garden, a book that horrified and traumatized many readers several years ago. It continued with The Roses of May and last years bestseller, The Summer Children. (You can read my review of that book HERE) Each book has built on the development of the team members who originally found girls in the Butterfly Garden and their work within a special unit of the FBI. Now a child has been abducted, their specialty, but the case is eerily similar ...more
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

There's a line towards the end of this book, that talks about the extraordinary kindness people can surprise you with, and I think that sums up exactly what drove this series so deep into my heart. I really don't get emotional about books any more, but I couldn't maintain dry eyes throughout the last quarter. Something about these agents and the family they've built for themselves just hits such
The atmosphere on this one was far more sappy & sad than the previous three.
The POV is from Agent Sterling's perspective.
Sterling is my least favourite character and better suited as a side dish rather than the MC in my opinion.
I think that may be why I enjoyed this less than the other books.
Or maybe I am just depressed that the series is over and I have to say goodbye to all my new friends.
Who knows for sure?
"You look too sweet to be so evil."
Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this AR
Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm Myrtle Beach
I love this series. I devoured the first 3 books, but The Vanishing Season left a lot to be desired.

While I love the entire FBI team, the magnitude of the inane banter and chit chat was annoying. There was just so much. That's not what I'm here for. I want more of the mystery/crime. I feel like this installment was missing the magic, the on the edge of my seat suspense that the other 3 books had. And all of a sudden, all the evidence was just there and it was solved... is it really that easy? Ma
Karima chermiti
#1 : The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1) : 3 Stars
#2 : Roses of May (The Collector, #2) : 4 Stars
#3 : The Summer Children (The Collector, #3) : 5 Stars

The Vanishing Season is the conclusion to The Collector Series by Dot Hutchison and it’s a very satisfying end to on my favorite mystery thriller series. I like how we came full circle with this book and how the questions that have been haunting me through the series are now answered in the best way possible.

The whole series follows a team
Sarah Ames-Foley
#1: The Butterfly Garden ★★★★★
#2: Roses of May ★★★
#3: The Summer Children ★★★★
#4: The Vanishing Season ★★

This review can also be found on my blog.
disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for review consideration. All of the opinions presented below are my own.

First and foremost, I need to give my thanks to Rachel who has been with me for every step of this journey (I also reread her review of The Summer Children and realized it said every
Francesca ❆
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: loved-it
The perfect conclusion to an amazing series.
I devoured this book in a day and I cried the whole time; Hutchison’s writing is like a siren song: you can’t resist being lured in....
Full review to come when the publishing date is nearer.


Another beautiful cover for this fantastic series!
I’ll be extremely sad when this books comes out because it’s going to be the final book of The Collector series and I’m so not ready to let go....this series is my favorite psychologi
Jun 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
The Butterfly Garden ★★★★
Roses of May ★★★★
The Summer Children ★★★★★
The Vanishing Season ★★★★

This was another excellent installment to the series. I liked the way it wrapped up a few things. However, I think before reading the next installment I will need to re-read the series. There are a lot of characters and we seem to keep picking up new characters along the way. It took me a little while to remember who was who in the beginning of the book. Also, half the time the main characters are referre
I love, love, loved this volume of The Collector series. Told from Agent Eliza Sterling's perspective, this might be my favourite of the 4 books. The characters, as always, are really 'real', and the mystery here was solid. I wish there were many more books to come in this series, but based on the way this one ended, I suspect my wish will not come true :(

5 stars for The Vanishing Season

Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a DRC of this book.
3.5 Stars

*A wonderful wrap-up to a thrilling and emotional series*

ARC provided by Thomas & Mercer via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.


I have such mixed feelings about The Vanishing Season. It was a solid story. I easily read it in under twenty-four hours. And I’m satisfied with the way things ended… But I’m only satisfied, not mind-blown. Although Hutchison’s writing has become more polished throughout this series, none of the subsequent books elicited anywhere near as visceral
Kat Dietrich

4.5 stars

The Vanishing Season by Dot is the fourth and final book in the Collectors series.

First, let me thank NetGalley, the publisher Thomas & Mercer, and of course the author, for providing me with a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

 Series Background:    (Warning – May contain spoilers from previous books)

FBI agents Victor Hanoverian leads a team of investigators that include Brandon Eddison, Mercedes Ramirez and Eliza Sterling. They solve comple
May 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Actual rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars

The Vanishing Season is the 4rth and final book in The Collector series. I loved The Butterfly Garden (a 5 star read!) but the 3 books after just did not measure up to the first. This book was definitely a slow burner. The first 60% had to do with the character's development/drama and detailing kidnapping procedures. The story of an 8 yr old girl's kidnapping gets overshadowed. There were times when I thought I was reading about high school girls instead of adult
Samantha Gonsalves
I really tried to like this one, but it's nowhere near to what a masterpiece The Butterfly Garden was. Too many chapters/pages go into the intricacies of the characters so that the actual subject of the book - The Vanishing of Brooklyn Mercer gets shadowed (in my opinion). Not so much of a thriller as an overly-emotional drama, something that is not my preferred genre. I would have really liked if we'd seen more of the Brooklyn Mercer case and how it tied in with the other cold cases. Also, what ...more
Tabi⁷ (ᕗツ)ᕗ
Okay so is this series just going to keep going or what . . . ? I'll still read it because I adore the macabre beauty of The Butterfly Garden, but still!! How many books is this series going to have??? ...more
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Vanishing Season is the fourth and final book in The Collector series, and although I wasn't particularly enamoured by the previous novel this instalment has raised the bar again. Hutchison hooks you in right from the get-go and holds you hostage through to the final pages. It centres around some brutal crimes and the tension she creates is palpable as it is slowly cranked up another notch as the story progressed.

What I particularly love about her thrillers is that she understands the delic
Jun 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: kindle-unlimited
There comes a time for all good things to end, this is that time. I absolutely adored the first book in this series, the back and forth chapters between detectives and victims. The second and third book were also rather good, though not as enthralling as the first. This book, This book I did not enjoy nearly as much, I found myself wishing for the victim point of view, at this point there are also so many detectives and team members we met through the series all piled in that everything gets a l ...more
Jan 14, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-2020
Honestly, I wasn’t a big Sterling fan because she was a new addition to the team. Yes, she was an interesting character in The Summer Children, her sneaking up on Eddison was *chef’s kiss*, but there wasn’t the same familiarity as with the other team members, or even with the victims that were present from the start or the second book in Prya’s case. She did grow on me somewhere along the road, and I could see how her perspective was the best to show what the new case was doing to Eddison.

I lik
julia ☆ [owls reads]
Oct 02, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: mystery, 5-stars
#1 The Butterfly Garden: ★★★★☆
#2 The Roses of May: ★★★☆☆
#3 The Summer Children: ★★★★★


5 stars!


“Hope is such a strange thing…”

The Vanishing Season finally addresses the mystery I’d been waiting for since the first book in the series. We finally get to know what happened to Eddison’s little sister, Faith, and I’m happy to report that I cried a lot of tears while reading it! That just shows how complex and well developed the characters are; the book is told from Sterling and Eddiso
Lynne Lambdin
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
I know that I am going against the grain here. But I have found the last two novels in this series to be pretty average. By no means were they bad, but The Butterfly Garden was so immensely good that the others in the series pale in comparison. While I did enjoy this novel, I found it to be lacking something. What? Hell if I know, but something wasn’t there for me to bring it to the 4 star level.

The Vanishing Season ties up The Collector series. We are thrown into the novel with a child missing
Stephanie Renner
Jun 13, 2019 rated it did not like it
Same issues in the writing as the last one. Everyone is just giggling and blushing.

Each character has their one annoying thing that this author likes to just beat to death.
Bran like his coffee super strong, you can reference his “jet fuel” on 87 pages.
Cass- is constantly giggling and “sneeze laughing” or snorting because she’s just a small kitten.
Watts is throwing protein bars around like Oprah every chapter.

Why do we have so much focus on the main “blonde beautiful” character and Brans rela
Queen Cronut
Jun 14, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
Extremely mixed feelings about this book. I think I need a few days to process that ending.

Emm C²
Man, this is an amazing, engaging mystery. Interesting characters, twisty plot. Review to come when I have something a little more elegant to say than just that.
Samantha Gonsalves
May 01, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley
I really tried to like this one, but it's nowhere near to what a masterpiece The Butterfly Garden was. Too many chapters/pages go into the intricacies of the characters so that the actual subject of the book - The Vanishing of Brooklyn Mercer gets shadowed (in my opinion). Not so much of a thriller as an overly-emotional drama, something that is not my preferred genre. I would have really liked if we'd seen more of the Brooklyn Mercer case and how it tied in with the other cold cases. Also, what ...more
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a great book! I listened to this book as an audio book and I enjoyed the final book in the series just as much as I enjoyed the rest of the books. I like all the characters on the FBI team. They all feel like family and I think they have a great relationship. In this book, we finally got to help Brandon Eddison with his little sister's case. I am so glad they could save Brooklyn. What a great series! Can't wait to read more from this author!
Jun 03, 2019 rated it it was ok
****May Contain Spoilers!!!****

The Collector series have been books I have looked forward to every year since I read The Butterfly Garden. Each book, I have devoured faster than the last so naturally, I was very excited to get my hands on The Vanishing Season and see how this whole series would end. I will not sugarcoat this, I am so incredibly disappointed in this book.

I don't think it deserves one star but I also can't bring myself to give it three so two it is.

This book didn't feel like th
May 24, 2019 rated it really liked it
"We heal, mostly, but even scars can bleed."

I can't believe it - the conclusion to an amazing series. I had no idea this was the end so I gladly cracked this one and just loved every word, not taking a moment to say goodbye to my favorite characters. It's a wonderful conclusion - just as sad and twisty and dark as the other books in the series.

This time, you are with Eliza - a very focused, obsessive agent that can get into the heads of the bad guys and does well with the families of them. She
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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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