Series: The Collector
Published by Thomas & Mercer on May 23rd 2017
Genre: Mystery + Thriller + Suspense
Challenge Theme: A book you own but haven't read yet
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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?
I loved the first book in this series, The Butterfly Garden. It was equal parts disturbing and beautiful. I was so excited to read the second book in the series, and while I did enjoy it, I did not love it like I did TBG. This book is considered the second in this series but other than mentioning the butterflies a bit throughout, this book felt like a stand alone book. It was a completely different story. I think had it just been another book, and not marketed as part of the series, I would have enjoyed it more. Trying to tie the books together seemed forced and the parts of the story with the butterflies wasn’t necessary to the plot of the story. I would have wanted the sequel to be solely about the butterflies and what their life was life after the garden. It felt like the author was trying to write two different books in one.
The things I did enjoy were the relationship between Priya and Eddison (although it seems a little far fetched that an FBI agent and a victim would have that close of a relationship), the back and forth point of view especially the POV of the killer, the writing (much improved from TBG), and the identity of the killer as it wasn’t something I saw coming.
Overall it was an enjoyable read and I definitely plan to read the third book in the series. I am curious to see if it will a completely new story again or if we will get the sequel from TBG that I wanted with this book.
“Sadness and grief aren’t the same thing. It’s why they have different words. Maybe it’s a subtle distinction, but we don’t keep a word in a language if it doesn’t still have a purpose of its own. Synonyms are never exact things.”
“Seeing your own demons reflected back at you, it creates a safe place to just be wounded. It gives permission, in a way, to not be okay. You go to your brothers (and sisters) and not only will they watch over you when you are clearly incapable of doing so yourself, they will never tell you to be anything other than what you are, even if on that particular day what you are is a collapsing wreck of a human being.”
“There is nothing resting about that bitch face.”
“Some people stay broken, others put themselves back together with all the sharp bits showing.”