Four months after the explosion at the Garden, a place where young women known as the Butterflies were kept captive, FBI agents Brandon Eddison, Victor Hanoverian, and Mercedes Ramirez are still entrenched in the aftermath, helping survivors in the process of adjusting to life on the outside. With winter coming to an end, the Butterflies have longer, warmer days of healing ahead. But for the agents, the impending thaw means one gruesome thing: a chilling guarantee that somewhere in the country, another young woman will turn up dead in a church with her throat slit and her body surrounded by flowers.
Priya Sravasti’s sister fell victim to the killer years ago. Now she and her mother move every few months, hoping for a new beginning. But when she ends up in the madman’s crosshairs, the hunt takes on new urgency. Only with Priya’s help can the killer be found—but will her desperate hope for closure compel her to put her very life on the line?
The Sexy Nerd ‘Revue’
After having read The Butterfly Garden, I’m saddened to say that I did not like this second installment of the Collector Series, as much as I loved the very first book. In fact, this book read like another author entirely wrote it and wasn’t quite sure as to what went on in the first book? So disappointing to say the least.
Roses of May gave the reader a glimpse into what happened to the victims of the Gardener. Actually, when a book is that good, we often wonder what happened to victims, especially if the book is written in a series, and I felt that Hutchison did a great job in developing the characters more openly in this one. Suffice it to say, many of the Gardener’s victims didn’t fair too well after what they endured at his sick and twisted hand. However, there’s a new sicko in this novel going around murdering young women that do not fall under what he describes as being a “good girl.” This is where you’ll find Priya Sravasti enter our story. Her sister fell victim to this new killer. Priya was haunted by her sister’s death. Unfortunately, this was about as much excitement as I could get from this story.
I can’t quite put my finger on the issue. The only word that comes to mind is boooring!!! I was bored out of my mind with this story. It didn’t have any excitement that made me want to invest in any of the victim’s stories. I felt Priya’s sister’s story didn’t help matters any. It felt as though it was an afterthought really. I was highly disappointed in this story, especially since the first book was a five-star read. I have no idea what happened with this story, but it was not nearly as good as the first. And knowing there’s a third book in the installment, makes me a little on the fence about reading. I don’t want to feel the way this story made me feel. There really wasn’t any appeal to it at all. The story just dragged on delving into the same issues throughout with the victims and Priya’s sister. There were some similarities, but none that really made me feel we needed to keep reading about.
The bottom line is the story fell real flat and it seemed as though Hutchinson just threw this together to get to her third and final story in the Collectors series, or perhaps I’m completely off base? Not sure, but what I do know for sure, I did not like this story at all. It was boring and didn’t focus enough on the new killer. It’s a real shame because the first book was so good that I wished Hollywood would make a movie out of it. This installment we could have done away with. I pray the third book is a lot better than this one?