The Roses of May by Dot Hutchison – Book Review

The Roses of May (The Collector #2)

by Dot Hutchison


Blurb: 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?

My Review:

I read The Butterfly Garden in 2016 and it was truly a captivating thriller. When I saw that the second book was out, I requested it from NetGalley right away. The problem was that I was too late getting to it and ended up having to purchase the book. I didn’t mind because I expected that I would love this one as much as the first.

The story follows Priya, a girl who lost her sister Chavi four years ago after she was murdered. Priya and her mother are still very upset about the loss of Chavi and relocate frequently as they are working hard to move on with their lives and to keep low. Chavi’s killer has murdered multiple girls and he’s still out there. Maybe closer than anyone thinks and possibly right under Priya’s nose.

Meanwhile, the detectives are still working to help the surviving butterflies (previous book) now that they’re back in the world and trying to adjust to real life again. Many are struggling to adapt and it’s possible that Priya might be able to help them. Eventually, the detectives work together alongside Priya to try to locate Chavi’s killer and lock him up once and for all.

I’m not an expert, but If I were to rate this book on the writing alone, I’d give it five stars. The truth is that the story didn’t captivate or thrill me like I expected it to and the pacing is fairly slow for my taste. I think what threw me off the most is that this book is nothing like the first and takes place about four months after the end of The Butterfly Garden with not much focus on the first book at all. I had issues connecting with the characters, but I did enjoy the relationship between them and I did still enjoy the book, especially the ending. I’m looking forward to the final book in the trilogy. I’ll rate this one 3.5 stars.

Thanks to NetGalley, the publisher, and the author for allowing me to preview this book for an honest review.


You can find this book on Goodreads and Amazon

  • Series: The Collector Trilogy (Book 2)
  • Paperback: 300 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas & Mercer (May 23, 2017)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1503939502
  • ISBN-13: 978-1503939509



Thanks for reading my review for The Roses of May. Have you read The Roses of May or The Butterfly Garden? Feel free to share your thoughts below.


13 thoughts on “The Roses of May by Dot Hutchison – Book Review

    1. I think The Butterfly Garden was just such a thriller and it really creeped me out. I was hoping for some similarities. 💜 Can’t wait to see what she does with the third installment.


  1. I’m the same with you, I read The Butterfly Garden and absolutely loved it! I read Roses of May a few months ago and remember that it read nothing like the first book! It felt very different. It wasn’t memorable either, I barely remember anything about it. I do agree that the writing was good though 🙂

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    1. It did feel very different to me too. Maybe we were just expecting too much? I tried not to let it affect my review, but I just couldn’t connect with the characters and expected more of a thrill. Are you planning to read the third book? I am! 💖

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  2. I liked how you objectively reviewed this book – while you give five-stars to the writing itself, you also pointed out what you didn’t love in the book. I need to take a leaf of your book (no pun-intended lol)

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    1. Noriko, thanks for liking my review! How kind of you to say that. 💖 I always feel like I have to explain myself when rating and reviewing books on the lower side. I think I was really expecting it to be more like the first. 😊 Have a great evening!

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  3. Great review! I saw this book as one of this year’s nominees for goodread’s Best Horror category, but I haven’t read it. Might have to check out the first one in the series though based off what you had to say about it. 🙂

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    1. Yeah, I think I voted for it because it’s the only one I read in the genre, lol. 😉 Truly, it didn’t feel like a horror to me though. 💜 Still good though, but I would read the first one beforehand. Thanks!

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