What the heck is it about? The Goodreads summary:

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…

My rating: 4/5 stars

Another Kindle First free book, but the kind that made me want to go back and pay for it. The narrative style is gorgeous and captivating, and the pace keeps you reading long after you should’ve gone to bed.

This novel is filled with women who care for each other, with found families trying to keep the darkness at bay. The story unfolds in pieces, jumping through time, and it utilizes an unreliable narrator. Its subject matter may not be for the feint of heart, so tread carefully. But if you want something that’s at times warm and touching and others chilling and haunting, pick this one up!


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