The Butterfly GardenBook - 2016
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Frightening or Intense Scenes: torture, abuse
Sexual Content: rape
Violence: Violence against women, kidnapping, abuse
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The Butterfly Garden is told by Inara to the FBI after the events of the book. Inara is a broken, abandoned, young girl. She takes a bus to New York City and leaves her old life (and name) behind. Inara lives in an apartment with a bunch of girls that she works with at a restaurant. These girls are Inara's first real friends and family (though she'll never admit it, even to herself). One night, while working at the restaurant, Inara is kidnapped by the Gardener and Avery, his son. She is taken to the Garden, a beautiful, lush greenhouse, where she will be added to the Gardener's collection of butterflies. Tattooed with giant butterfly wings, renamed Mia, and raped repeatedly, Mia must learn to survive and attempt to escape. Mia is not the only butterfly in the garden though. She finds herself bonding to the other butterflies, finally discovering the meaning of family with these other girls whose lives will be cut short at their 21st birthday.
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...
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