Roses of May by Dot Hutchison

Roses of May

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...

Title:Roses of May
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Number of Pages:302 pages

Roses of May Reviews

  • Chelsea Humphrey

    Oh boy. Where to start.

    So last year I stumbled upon a novel titled

    on NetGalley and decided it looked equal parts disturbing and beautiful, and it was both of those things and so much more. I have raved about that book for well over a year now, and if the ending hadn’t thrown in a few unnecessary details in attempting a shocking twist, it would have been my favorite read of the entir

    Oh boy. Where to start.

    So last year I stumbled upon a novel titled

    on NetGalley and decided it looked equal parts disturbing and beautiful, and it was both of those things and so much more. I have raved about that book for well over a year now, and if the ending hadn’t thrown in a few unnecessary details in attempting a shocking twist, it would have been my favorite read of the entire year. It was light horror kept wholly in the natural world; I was stunned at how the author wrote of such nightmare inducing content with a fully readable nature. TBG might very well stay in my list of most memorable reads; it was just that good and I highly recommend it to anyone with a strong enough stomach. All this to say, my expectations were extremely high when I found out the story was being extended into a trilogy. Perhaps I misunderstood, but in my opinion this really isn’t a continuation of the original story as much as it is a spin off. We are briefly introduced to a family who’s daughter was murdered years prior as they are close to one of the FBI agents investigating TBG;

    focuses on their back story while also creating a forward narrative of the serial killer who took the life of Priya’s sister Chavi.

    Once I realized this story wouldn’t focus on the butterflies or their pending case in court, I was still excited to read it. I love crime fiction and I was convinced Hutchison would bring us that same horror we loved from the first collector novel, just with the focus being on a different story. If you are expecting anything remotely close to the feel of the first novel, let me stop you right here. This book was

    like the first one, and that is both good and bad. Unfortunately, this one didn’t work as well for me, as I had picked this up in order to feel things that I experienced previously in the series. If I had known this would be an entirely different book, I likely would have given it at least another half star. I was worried at about 25% in; I was having so much difficulty remembering many of the previous minor characters from the first story and we have a large number of new characters introduced as well. All the names were throwing me for a loop, and on top of that the pacing is

    slow.

    Ok, you get it. Honestly, I would categorize this slow burn more as crime fiction with a sub genre of police procedural. Heavily procedural. We get a lot of detail in every aspect of the plot, which left little room for suspense to carry us through the story with any sense of urgency.

    Once I made it about 50% in I finally was able to connect on some level with the story, and while I never was completely engrossed, I managed to develop a feeling of moderate interest in where it was going, who was behind the murders, and how this would all wrap up. I was satisfied with the ending, but I think what made me bump this from a 2 star to a 3 star read was how impressed I was with the author’s improvement in her quality of writing and language use. While I was goo goo over TBG, it did hold a quality of immaturity in some aspects. The phrases were repetitive, the language very basic, and it held a somewhat young adult aura that I couldn’t quite shake. Not so here; TROM was very much adult writing; the phrases were beautiful and well thought out and I am highly impressed that there was such a jump from one book to the next in that arena.

    I’m not really sure where the next book will take us, as this one wrapped up pretty much every aspect with a neat little bow, but I also felt the last book had given essential closure, so I guess I’m not a great judge of that sort of thing. I will say that while I’ll probably read the next book so that I can finish out the trilogy, I likely won’t rush to get to it like I have the past two. I did eventually connect with the characters and find pleasure in some of the beautiful writing, but I fear the slow burn and complete genre change between the first and second book in the series didn’t quite work for me. I’m eager to hear other’s thoughts, as I know some readers have thoroughly enjoyed how the author chose to write this new entry. I think if someone were to be made aware of the pacing and changes in this book ahead of time, it might make it a more enjoyable read, so I hope I’ve been able to provide that for someone somewhere. ❤

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  • Jill Croce-McGill

    Wow... Dot Hutchison has done it again!!! Her imagination is scary, creepy and absolutely brilliant!

    is the 2nd book in “The Collector" trilogy series, but it isn’t a direct sequel to

    . You will see the “Butterflies” throughout, but the main focus of this book is on a teenage girl, Priya Sravasti, who lost her sister to a diabolical serial killer that surrounds his victims with different types of flowers. Hanoverian, Eddison, and Ramirez, “The Quantico 3”, are

    Wow... Dot Hutchison has done it again!!! Her imagination is scary, creepy and absolutely brilliant!

    is the 2nd book in “The Collector" trilogy series, but it isn’t a direct sequel to

    . You will see the “Butterflies” throughout, but the main focus of this book is on a teenage girl, Priya Sravasti, who lost her sister to a diabolical serial killer that surrounds his victims with different types of flowers. Hanoverian, Eddison, and Ramirez, “The Quantico 3”, are back again with more developed characters. They have been on the case since Priya’s sister was murdered 5 years ago, since then they have formed a special bond with Priya and her very strong mother, Deshani. Also, to make it even creepier Dot Hutchison takes us into the mind of the serial killer allowing the reader the chance to see how he justifies killing each victim.

    isn’t dark and twisted like

    was, but it’s still a very well-written, suspenseful, riveting, and creepy novel that will keep you wanting more. If you enjoy a mystery with suspense, brilliant writing, and a very strong plot, then you will absolutely love this book! I’m definitely looking forward to the 3rd book in this remarkable trilogy!

  • Pouting Always

    Years ago Priya Sravasti's sister was murdered by a serial killer who is still at large, leaving her family irreversibly changed. Her mother, Deshani, must constantly change location for her work helping to shape up HR departments making them move across the country constantly. When Priya's mother is profiled for her success she happens to mention the new town they're moving to this time leading the serial killer after them. When flowers that match up with the murder victims begin to show up on

    Years ago Priya Sravasti's sister was murdered by a serial killer who is still at large, leaving her family irreversibly changed. Her mother, Deshani, must constantly change location for her work helping to shape up HR departments making them move across the country constantly. When Priya's mother is profiled for her success she happens to mention the new town they're moving to this time leading the serial killer after them. When flowers that match up with the murder victims begin to show up on their doorstep Priya and her mother inform the FBI, but after hearing about another person's on going court case Priya must decide whether or not she'll have to take justice into her own hands.

    I haven't read the butterfly collector, though I definitely plan to now, so I didn't know about the butterfly girls and the garden going into the book. It didn't take away from the book though because it does a good job of letting the reader know about it and what happened. Reading about the aftermath was really interesting also, especially the public attention and the court case. I never thought about the negative attention that must come with being attached to such a high profile case before.

    The main story line was definitely intriguing and can I just say Priya and Deshani were great, I love scary and strong women. I don't know how I felt about the killer though, because I thought it was kind of obvious who it was and

    like what was the point of that plot twist it felt unnecessary. It just made the FBI look dumb, which okay they kind of are so it's realistic, because the first victim is supposed to be the most important one, the one usually linked to the killer and I can't believe they didn't look into him earlier. I was super happy about

    because that was pretty awesome. I think it was completely justified.

    Anyway I enjoyed the book, though I'm not sure how neatly the two arcs of Priya and the butterfly girl's came together. The identity of the killer wasn't surprising but the build up to the confrontation was excellent.

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries

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    4.5 STARS

    If you've been following my reviews for a while, you probably already know that

    , book 1 in The Collector series, was a 5-star read for me; in fact, it was easily one of my top reads of 2016. I was so excited when I got approved for an ARC of this sequel on NetGalley, but this book actually took me a few days to get through (I only note that because the first book was practically a one-sitting read for me). To be totally honest, Dot Hutchison ripped my heart into so many tiny pieces in

    that I was a little bit terrified to read more of her writing.

    That said, I am so glad that I read this, because I really enjoyed it so much. It took a little bit of time to get into, as the beginning did feel a little slow, but once Dot got into the meat of the story, I ate it up. While the first book alternated POVs between Inara's memories and Vic Hanoverian's detective work, this one alternated between Priya's first-person experiences and Eddison's third-person investigations and experiences, as well as brief bouts of second-person thoughts from the killer (which was AMAZING). I love the way Dot seamlessly switches perspectives, and she's mastered each formatting so well, which isn't something just any author can do. I also was kind of ecstatic to see the trio of agents back again, especially with the focus having shifted to Eddison; it made me wonder, will the third and final book in the trilogy come from Ramirez's POV? One can only hope, because I'm kind of in love with her character's sass.

    Speaking of character development, Priya was such an enjoyable narrator; she and her mother are Indian, but have moved to the States from London, so there's some really delightful backstory revealed here and there. Her mother, Deshani, is a firey badass who terrifies everyone she meets (except Priya), and she was just so fun to read about. There's a lovely diverse cast in this book, even more so than in the first one, and there are so many wonderful side characters, especially in the cast of grumpy old veterans that Priya befriends.

    As far as action goes, it took a while to pick up, but Dot took her time carefully crafting the back story so that, once the action began, I really felt like she just dove in headfirst. Don't get me wrong, this isn't the kind of book with ridiculous new situations and events every other chapter, but she builds up the sense of dread

    that I felt nauseated more than a few times, just out of apprehension for what was going to happen and who the killer would turn out to be. I wasn't shocked by the reveal of the killer, but I honestly don't think we were intended to be taken off-guard; much like in a good horror film, sometimes the best part is learning who the villain is through little crumbs here and there.

    The story was lightened up here and there with sweet familial bonding, friendly banter between Eddison and Inara (who makes a solid reappearance, much to my delight), and Priya's memories, but all in all, this was a solid thriller/suspense novel that kept me on the edge of my seat more than a few times. I won't say anything further to avoid spoiling it for you guys, but seriously, if you enjoyed the first book, please pick this one up, because it's SO damn good. I would recommend this series to anyone who enjoys thrillers and can handle being kept up at night a little bit, pondering the horrors of mankind.

  • Meredith

    Priya Sravasti’ is being targeted by a serial killer; the same killer that murdered her sister several years ago. The majority of the narrative is told through Priya’s POV. She is struggling to cope with her sister’s death, her father’s abandonment, and her desire for revenge.

    At the same time, Priya is being protected by the Quantic0 3, a group of FBI agents on the hunt for the serial k

    Priya Sravasti’ is being targeted by a serial killer; the same killer that murdered her sister several years ago. The majority of the narrative is told through Priya’s POV. She is struggling to cope with her sister’s death, her father’s abandonment, and her desire for revenge.

    At the same time, Priya is being protected by the Quantic0 3, a group of FBI agents on the hunt for the serial killer.

    The reader also gets glimpse into the killer’s mind, as some of his previous murders are detailed.

    is the follow up to

    , which I did not read, so I might have a different perspective than other readers. I found it to be slow moving and I felt like I was just waiting to get the end for the inevitable to play out. Also, there some things that happen that are totally unbelievable and just didn’t work for me--I won’t name them because I don’t want to include any spoilers. However, Priya was an interesting enough character to keep me invested.

    I received a copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

  • Mary Beth

    This is the second book of The Collector Series. I recommend that you start with book 1 The Butterfly Garden. I loved The Butterfly Garden and this one was really creepy good. I didn't find it to be as disturbing as the first book. I loved this one too. It continues the story of the butterfly girls while introducing us to a new plot.

    There is a new serial killer who kills a teenage girl and leaves her body in a church surrounded by flowers, every spri

    This is the second book of The Collector Series. I recommend that you start with book 1 The Butterfly Garden. I loved The Butterfly Garden and this one was really creepy good. I didn't find it to be as disturbing as the first book. I loved this one too. It continues the story of the butterfly girls while introducing us to a new plot.

    There is a new serial killer who kills a teenage girl and leaves her body in a church surrounded by flowers, every spring for well over a decade. Priya and her mother move every few months to be safe. They seem to be doing good in a small Colorado town but then flowers begin to appear and are afraid that they are in danger.

    I loved the author's writing style and how the characters were developed. You still have some of the same characters,

    the FBI Agents, and a couple of the butterfly girls. The main character is Priya who is the sister of one of the serial killer's victims. Even though she tries to be tough, at times she is depressed and angry at what happened to her sister five years ago. Priya's mother is very protective and dominant.

    This is a very tense read. It is so suspenseful. I loved the action, which didn't seem to stop with lots of twists and turns.

    Why only four stars and not five? I was able to guess thekiller and it was quite obvious and I love to be kept guessing but that was just minor and didn't matter to me because the creep factor kept me turning the pages.

    I recommend this book for those that love a dark thriller. Serial Killer Lovers will love these two books.

    I want to thank Netgalley, the publisher, and Dot Hutchison for a copy of this book in exchange for a honest review.

  • Jan

    Had a love/hate relationship with this book, and I think I have myself to blame for that!

    As soon as I saw the follow up to

    , I knew I had to grab this, hoping for another 5 star read. I honestly don't think I even bothered to read the description-I just had to know what happened to the captive Butterflies! I don't think I am the only person who felt this way either.

    So here is where the disappoint comes into play and my expectations fell apart....

    While there are some mentions

    Had a love/hate relationship with this book, and I think I have myself to blame for that!

    As soon as I saw the follow up to

    , I knew I had to grab this, hoping for another 5 star read. I honestly don't think I even bothered to read the description-I just had to know what happened to the captive Butterflies! I don't think I am the only person who felt this way either.

    So here is where the disappoint comes into play and my expectations fell apart....

    While there are some mentions of the Garden and some of the more memorable 'Butterflies', it's clear the author has moved on. Book 2 introduces us to a new victim, a new serial killer, and a police procedural story line that just fell flat for me. The pace was soooooo slow, especially in the middle, that even when there were attempts to tie the Butterflies into the plot, it wasn't enough to move things along.

    I also had a hard time believing the relationships that these FBI agents had with their victims. How are they able to solve any cases when their time is so wrapped up in checking on them and staying in their lives? It's very sweet, but completely unrealistic.

    I do wonder how this book would have read on it's own, without having any ties whatsoever to The Butterfly Garden. Would I have enjoyed it more without the disappoint of it not being what I wanted it to be? Hard to say, but I'm thinking it would have fared better that a 3*.

    My thanks to NetGalley for the ARC.

  • Tulay

    This second book isn't as engaging as the first book. One clever and obnoxious girl and her mother. Understanding and patient FBI characters. Parts of the story was confusing, found myself re-reading some parts. Won't be reading the next book in this series.


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