About The Book
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...
M & J’s Review
Butterflies have always been a part of my life. My mother loves them, and in turn, instead of being terrified of the pretty winged insects, I learned to love and respect them too. Something so delicate and so beautiful is there any wonder why people try to capture them and keep their beauty forever?
Such was the case with the Gardener. He had a sick and twisted fascination with the colorful winged beauty of flight. Butterflies are a constant reminder of the way life goes—the constant change of starting out a caterpillar to metamorphosing into a gorgeous butterfly. Mother Nature sure has a delightful take on life. Too bad the Gardener didn’t just accept things as they should be. This psycho decides to take young women and keep them encased in an imprisoned greenhouse large enough for his butterflies to roam around, but never to return to the free world as we know it.
To make matters even worse, he not only took these young women, he tattooed butterfly wings on their backs to seal their fate within his warped view of reality. With each woman he abducted, he gave each of his butterflies her own unique name. They could never refer to their life before their capture. Maya was one such young woman. She was just discovering her rhythm within the world, when the Gardener brought her to his butterfly palace. She soon discovered other butterflies there and began to come to terms that she would never see outside the greenhouse again. The butterflies were all but forgotten never to spread their wings and fly.
The things the Gardener subjected his captives too was quite astonishing—living within their hellish nightmare. Maya becomes the den mother of all the butterflies wherein they looked to her for reason, guidance and understanding. The one thing that separated Maya from the rest of the butterflies is that while most of them were broken souls, she managed to keep hers intact. All the women displayed their displeasure within the greenhouse by showing emotion, and Maya was never able to do that.
What happened within the confines of the greenhouse is pure evil and hell. As the reader digs deeper into the understanding of the Gardener and his special garden, you will be so engrossed in the story; you will not be able to put this book down. Hutchinson wrote such a horribly gross tale that will blow the reader’s mind. It’s one thing to be imprisoned within your own mind, but for a psychopath to have your soul was quite terrifying. These women had to learn to survive and became quite a strenuous family bond that even the Gardener couldn’t quite break—try as he might.
Mello & June gives The Butterfly Garden five commanding stars at attention. What an incredible story of faith, love and survival. The book is on sale right now and I’d highly recommend my readers to go out and get it or download it immediately. This book is an attention grabber from the first paragraph until the very end. Awesome read!
Kimberly Ranee Hicks, Author/Poet/Reviewer