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?

May 23, 2017  |  289 pages
(Read from May 16, 2020 to May 18, 2020)
Grade: B–    (switch to numeric scale)
L/E Ratio: 80% Entertainment, 20% Literature
Writing Quality:
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Low High
Movie Potential:
Low High

Low High
Sequel Potential:
Low High
Since I read the first book in this series a couple years ago, I was lost for a bit. From the mentions of the butterflies, Eddison's connection to the MC, and the small parts from the POV of the killer (who was narrated by the same narrator as Eddison was), I had a difficult time sorting it all out. I actually thought Priya's sister was killed by the Butterfly Collector for a bit, I did eventually get it all sorted out, though, especially once the story focuses on catching the serial killer.  (+1 vote)