The Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden

by Dot Hutchison

Overview: 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…

Deanna Boe (03/25/19): I absolutely can’t believe I read this whole, horrible book! Why I didn’t put it down after a few pages is beyond me. But, it was mentioned on a list of books to read (not sure where I found the list) and so I put it on reserve at the library. It is obvious from the wear and tear on the book it has been read a lot. Other reviews that I looked up go all the way from feeling like I do to thinking it was wonderful. Once more, you will have to be the judge on this one.

If you like sadistic and weird, this is the book for you. An extremely rich man is in love with the beauty of butterflies and so he decided he wanted to create his own “garden” and fill them with his special butterflies, namely young women between the ages of 16 and 21. Once he captures them and puts them into this very large and unbelievable garden he has created on his gigantic property, they can not leave. It is a garden that is all enclosed, with a waterfall, library, eating area and individual rooms for each of the 20 or so girls that he holds prisoner. Once he captures them he then tattoos their backs into individual looking types of butterflies. On the day they turn 21 he removes their blood and fills their veins with a solution to preserve their bodies. He then puts them into glass cases which are filled with a preservative so you can view them from all sides in this glass container. He believes women achieve their height of beauty at the age of 21 and thus the reason they must die at that age. Anyway, he and his oldest son come and have sex with them whenever they want. He isn’t as sadistic as his oldest son is. Then his youngest son discovers the garden and falls in love with one of the girls. The ending is confusing and ludicrous. Why did I waste my time?
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