The Review: The Butterfly Garden

Book: The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison
Publisher: Thomas & Mercer, 2016
Genre: Murder mystery, thriller
Source + Date Read
: Kindle Unlimited, June 2016
Recommend: For lovers of a visual thriller mystery
Book Pro’s: Truly original concept
Book Con’s: SO GRAPHIC

For three years, Detective Jude Fontaine was kept from the outside world. Held in an underground cell, her only contact was with her sadistic captor, and reading his face was her entire existence. Learning his every line, every movement, and every flicker of thought is what kept her alive. After her experience with isolation and torture, she is left with a fierce desire for justice—and a heightened ability to interpret the body language of both the living and the dead. Despite colleagues’ doubts about her mental state, she resumes her role at Homicide. Her new partner, Detective Uriah Ashby, doesn’t trust her sanity, and he has a story of his own he’d rather keep hidden. But a killer is on the loose, murdering young women, so the detectives have no choice: they must work together to catch the madman before he strikes again. And no one knows madmen like Jude Fontaine.
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Review: The good, bad & ugly…

  1. It’s an interesting concept: I’ve never ever read a book like this in my life. The concept was both terribly interesting and absolutely horrifying but that’s what sucked me in! It kept me going even through the constant flashbacks and introduction of new characters
  2. Great characters:  I really like Maya. I think she is absolutely unrealistic but I do love her brashness, her hardness. She’s like a broken mirror and she’s taken the chipped edges and made that part of her armor. I liked that
  3. Its very visual: this is both great and utterly problematic. It’s wonderful because it makes the horrible beautiful for one moment but then it’s also terrible because the gravity of these girls’ situations hit you and then the kidnapper does his “thang” and you’re just left feeling a bit… awful
  4. I really hate this flashback device: I really dislike it when authors do flashbacks. It had a purpose here so it actually suited the novel and plot quite richly, but I found myself either skipping the past or present because I was so impatient to find out what happened next for that particular session

So some recommendations before you approach this book?

  1. Major graphic descriptions so if you have triggers, please rethink this
  2. Take what is said with a grain of salt, it’s utterly unrealistic because that’s what it is, a real work of fiction 
  3. It’ll be a fast read if you give it the time. I finished this in about… 5 to 6 hours max

Gonna give it a shot?

Book read before this: A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James
Book read after this: The Body Reader by Anne Frasier



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2 Responses to The Review: The Butterfly Garden

  1. Mahima says:

    Whenever I’m reading a crime novel I always suspect the detective of not being entirely sane so the premise for the book sounds like my kind of thing. Unfortunately a lot of crime novels tend to do the whole flashback thing (and it’s there that has all the graphic details for the most part) and so it puts me off the novel too. But gosh it sounds like it’s going to give me the chills – I can’t resist.

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