The Butterfly Garden

The Butterfly Garden

Book - 2016
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"Near an isolated mansion lies a beautiful garden. In this garden grow luscious flowers, shady trees ... and a collection of precious "butterflies" ...
Publisher: [Seattle, Washington] : Thomas & Mercer [2016]
Copyright Date: ©2016
ISBN: 9781503934719
Branch Call Number: Fiction Hutchison
Characteristics: 276 pages ; 23 cm


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Jan 20, 2020

The ending was disappointing but the rest of the book was great

sjpl_rebekah Jul 12, 2019

Holy. Freaking. Wow…..There are some books that really stick with you, and this is one of them. From page one I was so completely engrossed that I would find myself staring longingly at the book during work, anxiously waiting for my next break. I so desperately wanted to know what would happen to the women in the story that I would be thinking about it constantly, even as I drifted off to sleep at night. The narrative is very well written, and the narrator of the story is so easy to trust and to like. The only reason I am not giving this story five stars is because there were a couple elements of the story that bothered me. For one, the FBI agents that were questioning the narrator kept insisting that she was not being forthcoming and that she was keeping secrets. I did not get this feeling at all from the narrator, and I think in a situation such as this, the victim would need to be allowed to tell the story in the way that is most comfortable to them. Secondly, they kept alluding to the fact that the narrator was hiding something, but when they had the big “reveal” at the end, it did not truly seem to fit with the rest of the narrative. To be honest I am not entirely sure why it was included in the story at all, as it didn’t really seem to add anything revelatory to the plot.

This book is what I like to call a “thinker” because it makes you reflect upon yourself and how you would respond if you were trapped in this type of situation. I would like to think that I would have the compassion of nurturing Lyonette and the strength of straightforward Maya, but to be honest I really don’t know who I would be. What really made this story intriguing was the women, and how each of them coped with the extreme trauma while still managing to carve out meaningful relationships with one another. In this sense, the story was as beautiful as it was terrifying. I highly recommend reading it.

Jun 03, 2019

DAMN. This book was fucked up in the best way.

I listened to The Butterfly Garden on audiobook. It was SUPERBLY narrated by the two readers. Their interpretation of the text allowed me to fully submerge myself in their world. This book was thrilling and suspenseful but also funny and heartbreaking. Just everything I could want from a story like this. The premise of it being told in an interview room after the events a certain amount of breathing room where you were never terrified for Inara's life which allowed the more unbearable scenes to be bearable. The butterflies were all so easy to love even with their long lists of flaws and you wanted every one of them to make it out alive and now end up in glass on display.

This is one of those stories that will stay with me forever and I will tell everyone who likes a thriller or enjoys reading the macabre to pick this up.

Sep 12, 2018

Twisted, I couldn't put it down.

Aug 21, 2018

Not as good as I thought it would be.

Jan 24, 2018

Have you ever gotten into a book that seems well written and you hope the storyline will develop into something good? That didn’t happen here. You read on and on about the dark horrors that a perverted psychotic man puts teenage women through, but he is never shut down (well, maybe eventually).
It’s a dark story. You have to be able to read about mental, physical and emotional abuse and all the while ask why numbers in this case cannot overthrow the pervert’s plans. The Gardener is so self-absorbed into his own pleasures, even allowing his son(s) to become part of his perverted life-style, that you think at some point the number of women would be able to overpower him and escape.
I had a real hard time with the women taking on subservient roles and being used as disposable objects for someone’s twisted pleasure.

Nov 29, 2017

A very graphic, intense read that keeps you interested, but the novel's conclusion was a bit confusing and disappointing.

Oct 01, 2017

If you can suspend your disbelief long enough, you might enjoy this well written and extremely creepy modern horror mystery thriller. But beware: a lot of very bad things happen to a lot of pretty teenage girls. My greatest complaint is that the plot twist at the end is mostly underwhelming.

JCLDebbieF Sep 27, 2017

The clever back and forth interrogation between the detective and narrator kept me on the edge of my seat. I loved the ending!!!

Apr 28, 2017

Disturbing account of kidnapping, repeated rape, and cruelty by a "madman". Hard to read - stylistically and topic. Not for me. I am a psychological thriller fan and came out of it disappointed.

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sjpl_rebekah Jul 12, 2019

Frightening or Intense Scenes: torture, abuse

sjpl_rebekah Jul 12, 2019

Sexual Content: rape

sjpl_rebekah Jul 12, 2019

Violence: Violence against women, kidnapping, abuse


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sjpl_rebekah Jul 12, 2019

sjpl_rebekah thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over

Jun 06, 2016

aliciamarie thinks this title is suitable for 18 years and over


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Jun 03, 2019

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.

Jun 06, 2016

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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