Review – The Butterfly Garden (The Collection #1)

Well, it has been a while since I’ve posted, hasn’t it? Sorry about that, I have read a few books and I now need to get myself in gear and start writing the review for them.

The Butterfly Garden, written by Dot Hutchison, is not my normal kind of book. I borrowed it for free from Amazon as it is part of the Kindle Unlimited program (the Kindle version is also only 99p so still a good buy). It’s a bit of a thriller, and boy was it a good one.

The book journeys around a man, known as the Gardener. Women wake up in his garden, with butterfly wings tattooed on their backs. And no way out. Many learn to accept their fate and just enjoy what life they have, some can’t handle it or adjust, so their time ends sooner. However, all of their times will end on their 21st birthday, and they are preserved forever. Creepy. Then a new addition arrives and is given the name Maya. She is different from all the others and we get to find out more about her. She is the main focus of the story.

We read the book as Maya is telling the police exactly what has happened, the whole story, from her living a normal life outside of the Garden, to being a butterfly, to their eventual escape. I have to say, I was pretty engrossed with the book while I was reading it over the summer. It was one of those that I just couldn’t put down, even though it’s not the kind of thing I would usually read.

Of course, it does contain adult scenes, which again is something that doesn’t really encourage me to delve into a book, but they were written very well and neither made me feel uncomfortable (no, I’m not all innocent wearing rose tinted glasses, just not interested in reading all that stuff). It was tasteful.

I must have only been a few chapters in when I realised that I was completely hooked and desperate to know what had happened, what was going to happen and everything in between. This book kept me in suspense and I wasn’t always able to predict what was going to happen next, which is always a good thing.

The many characters that we met along the way were well described and I felt like I could see them perfectly clearly in my head. They were all different, and they had their own little habits and traits which really brought them to life in the book.

I really recommend this book. Thrillers are not my thing, but this has opened my eyes and made me want to discover more. This is book one in The Collector Series and I am planning on taking a look at the next book and giving that a go as well.

If you like thrillers, or some nice crime, then pick this up and give it a chance. While it may have adult scenes, the story is exceptional and I am sure you won’t be disappointed!


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