Genre: Fiction, Thriller, Mystery, Horror, Crime
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…
This was an amazing book! It sounded so incredibly creepy and it really appealed to me. I love stories that have a twist to them. So although I hadn’t really heard about this book I decided to give it a try.
It was amazing! Most stories like this are a little unrealistic however everything in the Garden was so intricately described that you knew all the ins and outs, you knew that there was no chance of escape. I think what made this book so creepily good was that I’d have done the exact same in Maya’s situation. Most stories have the main character who does everything wrong, they don’t try to escape and when they do they usually fall over or scream or something stupid. Maya did everything that a sensible girl would do, yes she was a little stupid before she went into the Garden but while she was there I think she acted the way any of us would. She knew there was no way to escape so either she tried to make the most of her time there or just give up. It was a reasonable way to act which made this story ever more realistic and enthralling.
The story is told from the perspective of Maya, she is being questioned by the FBI about the garden, we then get told snippets about life in the garden and her life before she was kidnapped. I like how we were told the story with just enough information to keep us interested, you wanted to read on to know more. You had to find out how she escaped, what happened to the other girls, what happened to the Gardener, what her real name is.
The book is tense all the way through, I can’t think of a single part which I thought “this isn’t really necessary to the story, can we just skip it?” I think every part of the book was necessary, the Garden was written in a way so that it came alive on the pages. Everything was described so vividly and in such detail, however it still managed to show how dull and boring life was there. You had to keep yourselves occupied with only books given to dull the boredom. It was boring yet brilliant to read. I absolutely loved it, apparently it is going to be a series (trilogy to be specific), I really hope it does because I would definitely read more by this author if this book is anything to go by!
I would definitely recommend this book if you like crime and thriller stories. However there are rape and kidnapping scenes which may be difficult for some people to read as some of the scenes can be quite graphic and disturbing. However if you can get through those it is a really good book and again I would absolutely recommend it.
Summing up: A tense thriller, will make you rethink butterflies