Cover of book The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

The Butterfly Garden by Dot Hutchison

The Butterfly GardenTitle: The Butterfly Garden

Author: Dot Hutchison

Pub Date: June 1, 2016

Rating: ★★★★☆

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“You seem to have this strange image of me as a lost child, like I’ve just been thrown on the side of the road like garbage, or roadkill, but kids like me? We’re not lost. We may be the only ones who never are. We always know exactly where we are and where we can go. And where we can’t.”

‘The Butterfly Garden’ was a very disturbing and often uncomfortable read, but this doesn’t mean that it was not a great read. This book is not for everyone, a lot of triggers. I was engrossed in the book from the page one, it is written beautifully and made it all read so easily. For me, it was just the right kind of uncomfortable book.

Maya and a group of girls are rescued from The Garden – place where she was held captive by The Gardner. She was one of the precious Butterfly that The Gardner took, marked with a butterfly tattoo on the back, used whenever he wanted and kept them in a secluded garden. He is a brutal, twisted man that believes that was he is doing is showing love and care to those girls; he believes that he is a good person. He is obsessed with keeping his ‘butterflies’ beautiful and young – this is why all the girls have an expiry date… Continue reading

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All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker book cover

All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

all is not forgottenTitle: All Is Not Forgotten

Author: Wendy Walker

Pub Date: July 12th, 2016

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Rating:  ★★★★☆

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Wow, this is the book to read right now! I suspect that this will be a new ‘Gone Girl’ in a sense that a lot of people will try to duplicate this story in a different way, will try to create this new kind of narrator.

The story starts with a mysterious narrator telling us a story that shattered lives of Kramer’s family and deeply disturbed life in a small town of Fairview. One night, during a party a teenage girl is brutally raped. And in hours after this attack, she is given a controversial new treatment – the treatment. Thanks to a pill she will forget all about the trauma, she won’t remember what happened to her, she won’t have to deal with possible PTSD of the attack, won’t have a flashback, she won’t have to deal with horrors of being a rape victim. She will forget it all. But the treatment doesn’t do its magic. She doesn’t remember what happened to her, but she still feels wrong, her body remembers the attack. She struggles emotionally and finally her problems are recognised, and she and her party start therapy. Therapy that will help Jenny remember what happened and eventually help her to deal with it, therapy that will hep Tom work out his obsession with finding the perpetrator, and Charlotte help deal with her secrets.  Continue reading