Maya is one of the kidnapped girls living in the Butterfly Garden, suffering in hands of a mentally ill man called The Gardener. He tattoos them different butterfly wings on their backs as a brand that they belong to his collection and he gives them a new name.
This books tells us Maya’s interesting declaration to the FBI of what happened in the garden, everything she and the other Butterflies endured, who were the other Butterflies, how The Gardener and his sons Avery and Desmond behave, and Maya’s previous life.
The author deepens in her characters psychological aspect letting the reader empathize with some of them. The Gardener’s belief that he loved his Butterflies, that he took good care of them and that killing and preserving them was a good thing, made me shiver. It’s incredible what a mentally ill person can believe. Their perspective is completely different. After so many years captive some of the victims’ perspective can change too.
Maya’s life was difficult from the beginning. I think she reacted in a good way to continue with her life. She was intelligent and strong.
I consider this book as a good one. It has a lot of stressful moments. I recommend it, although there was a confusing event at the book’s end that I didn’t like.