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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?

©2017 Dot Hutchison (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Not what I had expected

I really had high hopes for this book because I absolutely loved The Butterfly Garden! I was pretty disappointed to see how short it fell to the first book. Most of it was repetitive and boring. I think if the POV had been from the killer instead it would have made the whole book so much better. Will Damron did a fantastic job! His voice for the killer gave me chills! Siiri's narration on the other hand sounded robotic and stunted. There were some parts of the book that were heartbreaking, but she read them completely emotionless. I couldn't get into her sections. That made it hard to rate the performance. I would easily give Will Damron 5 stars, but I would give Siiri 1 star.

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Boring

Words can't describe how disappointing this book is. The butterfly garden was amazing. This one not at all.

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Good but not butterflies

I had to read this one as part of the collector trilogy. I found the butterfly garden totally captivating. While roses of may is good, it doesn't measure up to the butterfly garden. Definitely recommend it's creepiness though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Another Demented Collector

The story unfolds through the words of both killer and victim. We are taken back and forth between the present and the past. We are also privy to the thoughts of a key FBI agent and brings in some interactions with victims of the Collector in the Butterfly Garden. This does not mean it is necessary to read the Butterfly Garden first, but it will surely make you want to read it now if you haven't already. Reading this one first may, however, spoil Some of your enjoyment of the first Collector book. I found this suspense filled story highly entertaining!

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Not like the Butterflies

While I enjoyed the book, it certainly didn't compare to the first book, The Butterfly Gardens. It lacked the thrills and excitement of the first book.

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Wasn't impressed

Sorry to say I was disappointed in the book.. it was very slow and a lot of bouncing around.. I thought it would be more about the butterflies so I was disappointed bouncing from two completely different stories!!

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Very predictable story line. Was a disappointment

after the first book. The female narrator is distracting trying to change her voices. Disappointment.

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Loved this!

I truly enjoyed this book as much as the Butterfly Garden. Great characters, interesting plot, a few twists, pretty dark. Great!

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The Roses of May 😴

If you could sum up The Roses of May in three words, what would they be?

DISAPPOINTING, CONFUSION, REPETITIVE

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

NO

What does Siiri Scott and Will Damron bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

UNFORTUNATELY, NO AND I THINK THAT'S BECAUSE OF THE STORY NOT THEM

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

SKIP THE SEQUEL...😬

Any additional comments?

AS WITH ANY EXCELLENT BOOK, MOVIE, ETC. WE ALWAYS EXPECT TOO MUCH OUT OF THE SEQUEL . AT LEAST I DID! SINCE THIS IS A TRILOGY, LETS HOPE SHE TAKES HER TIME AND "KICKS A-- WITH THE THIRD. I LOVED BUTTERFLY!!!! 😬. 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀

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Second book

Loved both books Could not wait for the second one to come out. Could not stop listening. Writing style captivating. Cannot wait for her next book.

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  • Clarence
  • 07-11-17

Not quite as compelling at the first book

I liked that some of the characters were slightly familiar from the Butterfly Garden but I didn't feel this had quite the same grip on me.

I wanted to hear more from the Butterflies as it felt like they had very minor pointless parts in this book. Priya was a good character but I didn't feel engaged enough with her story.

It was good but I had higher expectations I guess, as I was so gripped by the first book

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  • Natalie
  • 07-08-17

good but not as good as the butterfly garden

the narrators do a good job (except when the guy is doing Priyas mum. he murders that accent)

the butterfly garden was really imaginative but this was kind of just an average, pretty predictable, murder mystery.

the author also has some really odd ideas of what you should do if you find out someone has binged on oreos. Probably avoid following this example

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  • Samantha Collins
  • 10-16-17

Loved it

Loved this book. I especially liked the way the story from the first book carried over, with the trials of the 'butterflies after they escaped the 'garden'. Then the 2 stories almost combined with the FBI agents and the other characters becoming involved in each others lives.