Four months after the explosion at the Garden, a place where young women known as the Butterflies were kept captive, FBI agents Brandon Eddison, Victor Hanoverian, and Mercedes Ramirez are still entrenched in the aftermath, helping survivors in the process of adjusting to life on the outside. With winter coming to an end, the Butterflies have longer, warmer days of healing ahead. But for the agents, the impending thaw means one gruesome thing: a chilling guarantee that somewhere in the country, another young woman will turn up dead in a church with her throat slit and her body surrounded by flowers.
Priya Sravasti’s sister fell victim to the killer years ago. Now she and her mother move every few months, hoping for a new beginning. But when she ends up in the madman’s crosshairs, the hunt takes on new urgency. Only with Priya’s help can the killer be found—but will her desperate hope for closure compel her to put her very life on the line?
About the book
This is my 300th book read, registered on Goodreads.
This is the sequel of The Butterfly Garden, plot that is present a little bit in this book so I like that we can read about what happened to the girls once freed. In this “episode” we have both the healing process (or non-healing), and a new case that involves a teenager named Priya, whose sister was killed a few years before. While the “butterflies” try to go back to a normal life, girls are found in churches with their throats slit with flowers around them. A different flower for each girl. And the killer seems obsessed with Priya.
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…
About the Book
Dot Hatchison is a new author for me and I knew nothing about this book but it was in my Kobo list and the summary seemed interesting. Boy did I loved this book!
I need to say first, that this book isn’t for everyone. It is dark and you need to understand it, if you don’t understand the meaning behind the book, you won’t like it.
It’s quite different from the books (Crime genre) I usually read, there isn’t a real investigation so at first I thought I wasn’t going to like it but no, I found this style quite different and intriguing.
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