The Butterfly Garden, by Dot Hutchison
Dot Hutchison has made quite an entrance in the literary world with her The Butterfly Garden -a chilling, spine-tingling thriller published by Thomas & Mercer, the fifth imprint from Amazon Publishing.
22,938 ratings on Goodreads, #1 best seller in Serial Killers and 7,058 reviews on Amazon, this book is definitely having a big success among the readers community. Author of A Wounded Name -a young adult novel based on Shakespeare’s Hamlet- Dot Hutchison jump the fence of the ya world and delivers a dark, disturbing yet fascinating adult thriller that will give you nightmares.
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.…
Movie lovers out there will be thrilled to know that The Butterfly Garden is going to be a movie! On June 22, Hutchison announced on her blog that the book has been optioned for film by Anonymous Content and PalmStar Media, only a few days after hitting book stores on June 1. The two companies – that recently collaborated on upcoming film Collateral Beauty, featuring an all-star cast that includes Helen Mirren, Keira Knightley, and Will Smith– are ready to work together on this new project.
“The optioning of Hutchison’s book continues Anonymous’ tradition of not shying away from challenging content” -explains Michael Sugar, who’s coming off the Best Picture Oscar for Spotlight– “and The Butterfly Garden is uniquely original and transfixing with a storyline that captures and holds readers’ attention through every twist and turn”.
Looks like we have the next Gillian Flynn here! Hutchison’s writing style is clean and fluid, her characters are well imagined -two dimensional yet very complex. The Butterfly Garden -like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl– tells a sick story and the end blows up like a firecracker in your hands, leaving you extremely unsettled.
At least until the sequel comes out. Ms. Hutchison already announced that if not a sequel there will be a companion novel out next year, entitled Roses of May that will be following the Butterflies and FBI team for a time and then shifting to a new case and a whole new story. I can’t wait!
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