The Butterfly garden

The Butterfly garden Book Cover The Butterfly garden
Dot Hutchison
Mystery, crime
June 1,2016

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...


This is a shocking and morbid story. I had thought twice about finishing it, but out of my own curiosity to hear the ending I continued.
The Butterfly garden tells the horrible story of kidnap victims and their gardener. The gardener is a butterfly collector. He thinks that he is saving these young girls from a bad life and keeps them off of the street. They must be young, female and beautiful. They remain in his garden with food, clothing and coverage amongst other horrible things until they reach 21, and then he preserves them forever.
This story reveals very graphically violence, profanity, sexual violence against minors, pedophillia, and rape(both minors and adults).
This story is written in first person and third person format . Making for a quick read. No clunky sentences.
FBI agents Hanoverian and Eddison lead this investigation when the garden was finally discovered. Some girls still alive. Maya reveals her unfortunate story and unravels what the girls went through.

I am a mother of two wonderful, beautiful girls. Growing up I read a lot. Stephen King, V C Andrews, and JR Tolken were among my favorites.

Now that my girls are all grown up and I have moved on to a great life I have finally picked it up again.

When I was younger I dabbled in writing my own stories but never persued it. Also dabbled in writing poetry. I was a journalist and photographer in high school.

2 thoughts on “The Butterfly garden

  1. Ohh great review this one looks and sounds really gruesome and very intriguing. This is actually the first time I heard about this book and I might want too check it out and see if I would like it or not. Thank you for the awesome post.

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