A First Look at The Butterfly Garden

March 17, 2016 at 7:36 pm (Butterfly Garden) (, , , , )

I think I’ve finally reached the point where I can’t bring myself to apologize for radio silence anymore. It’s just kind of what it is. BUT! I have news!


On the heels of THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN, another book sold! Coming next year, the Butterflies will have a companion novel, following our favorite FBI team as an old case comes back to haunt them when a young woman starts looking into her sister’s murder. I am *extremely* excited about this one, provided I can ever figure out how to write it. Turns out, writing a book after the fact is a very, very different thing than writing it before the sale.

Also, THE BUTTERFLY GARDEN will be coming out in Germany! It’s in translation now, but it’s expected out later this year, and I will be good and give you all that information as soon as it becomes available. There’s some other exciting stuff in the works, so expect even more announcements in the nearish future! (I know, you’ll actually hear from me more than twice this year. Isn’t that crazy?)

And the best piece, at least for today, I HAVE A COVER! When we started looking at cover ideas, this was the first one, and I think we all latched onto it immediately as YES THIS IS IT WHO THE HELL WAS SACRIFICED TO THE COVER GODS TO ACHIEVE THIS MASTERY?! So, you know, we’re rather fond of it.


It’s simple, and striking, and ever so slightly ominous, and if that doesn’t entirely encapsulate the book, nothing does.

Drop a line below, tell me what you think!



  1. Mythea said,

    That is a beautiful cover! And congrats!!! I am sure they will both be wonderful! When does Butterfly Garden release?

    • Dot Hutchison said,

      Butterfly Garden will be flying out into the world (or at least the US) on June 1st of this year.

  2. Rebekah said,

    I just finished The Butterfly Garden. I am glad you stuck with your dream and saw it through. In the last 20 years I have read every psychological thriller, crime thriller, suspense, true crime, etc that I could get my hands on. This book deserves a place beside Silence of the Lambs and Kiss the Girls. The idea is horrifying, yet in today’s world sadly very believable. The characters are richly defined such that I can picture each one in my mind in detail. I couldn’t put this book down. I felt as though I were stuck in the garden with the Butterflies. I shared in their fear, sadness, anger, hatred, and each small triumph. The Butterfly Garden will never be forgotten in my mind. It is a story of strength, loyalty, love, and the resiliency of the human spirit in the face of unspeakable horrors. To those who would say to you “What the hell were you thinking?” I say “Look outside your window.” Congratulations Dot Hutchinson! I will be anxiously waiting to see what the future holds. I hope that this story makes it to Hollywood. The big screen hasn’t seen a story like this one since Seven. Thank you Dot and good luck to you.

  3. Brandi said,

    Really want to hear the next chapter of the butterfly garden…….

  4. Lisa said,

    Just read Butterfly Garden on Kindle! Wow! Really, really good book! Loved the way you started at the end. Great job creating mystery and suspense. Glad you are doing a sequel. Maybe a prequel???

  5. Melissa Bivens said,

    Just finished the book. Wow!! I couldn’t put it down. I look for this to be put on the big screen.

  6. brainyheroine said,

    Obsessed with this novel!! To the point where I want to find a list of all the butterflies named and get my own tattoos of them.

  7. Denise said,

    I’m curious about one thing. When Inara moved to New York at the age of 14, she assumed the identity of Inara, age 19. The night of the benefit dinner at the restaurant, she mentioned she would be celebrating her 16th birthday in a couple weeks (which the girls knew it as her 21st birthday.) Then a couple weeks later, she is captured. Wouldn’t she have been 21 or close to it? I know the Gardener sensed she was younger at the dinner, but if he saw her ID saying she would be 21, I would assume she would’ve been displayed in a glass case soon after her abduction.

    • Dot Hutchison said,

      He simply didn’t believe her. He is very, very good at guessing ages, and while her ID will stand up to cursory inspection, it won’t hold up to anything more intent.

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