~ABOUT THE BOOK~
The Butterfly Garden
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…
~MY QUICKIE REVIEW~
I hesitated to read this because the subject manner was the sort that I have a difficult time reading…then I saw a review that said it was disturbing but not graphically so…and I thought, maybe I can get through this. Since Amazon basically gave (I paid $1.99) me a KU membership for the next 3 months, I went for it.
The Butterfly Garden is seriously twisted but something about it kept me from investing in the story completely. I honestly think that was due to the wide-ranging reviews on this book. I think they jaded me right from the start. I'm not going to get into the details of that because I wouldn't want to ruin it for anyone else. Although, I will say that the twist at the end felt entirely unnecessary to me and it really just left me confused.
☆3.7☆STARS - GRADE=B
~BREAKDOWN OF RATINGS~
Main Characters~ 4/5
Secondary Characters~ 3.7/5
The Feels~ 4/5
Theme or Tone~ 4/5
Flow (Writing Style)~ 4/5
Backdrop (World Building)~ 4/5
Ending~ 2.5/5 Cliffhanger~ Sorta…
Book Cover~ It's decent
Narration~ ☆5☆ -Lauren Ezzo was amazingly good & ☆4☆ -Mel Foster was decent too.
Series~ The Collector #1
Setting~ The Garden
Source~ KU Read & Listen