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The Roses of May

The Roses of May

Book - 2017
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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?" --Publisher description.
Publisher: Seattle : Thomas & Mercer, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781503939509
Branch Call Number: HUTCH
Characteristics: 289 pages ; 21 cm.


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Apr 16, 2021

I loved the first book but this one truly didn't know what it wanted to do plotwise or characterwise. There were too many characters and none of them stood out. I felt like the theme of strong women was beat to death and was only slightly less annoying than the weak nervous bumbling male characters who could do nothing right. The author could have shed at least two characters from the storyline and it would have made no difference at all except to clean up the plot a bit. And what was the deal with the Landon character whose name was both Burnside and Cooper? Who lived in a motherinlaw suite with no heat? What was the point of that? It was an inconsequential detail that was jarring in the text and sloppy writing to boot. There were also some glaringly obvious editing problems also. Two characters speaking dialogue in the same paragraph, for example. And some areas of narrative that weren't sure if they were in the voice of Priya or in the third person. Altogether a disappointing book and more so because of how good the first one was. In my opinion it would have been a better book if the author hadn't tried to shoehorn it into a series by shoving characters into it from the first novel. It could have stood on its own as a separate book living in the same universe if she had just allowed it to do so.

Mar 05, 2020

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Sep 19, 2018

I found this book just as disappointing as the first book. Draģged on with such repetitiveness and trivial actions of Priya. Took me ages to get through it. I even skipped through pages.

Aug 24, 2017

If you have been following my blog for awhile you should know how much I loved the first book in this trilogy. It was the perfect physiological thriller. I raved about The Butterfly Garden and all it's glory for those who could stomach to read it. I was ecstatic when I learned that it was part of a trilogy and two more books would be released. I checked Netgalley daily to see when the ARC was available for request. Luckily, my request was excepted.

This will be a short review, mainly because I would never think of spoiling this book. If you haven't read the first book GO HERE NOW and get it.

The Roses Of May picks up a few months where The Butterfly Garden left off. We are introduced in more detail to the FBI agents who rescued the girls. We are also introduced to a mother and daughter who have been through an ordeal of their own. They too have dealt with the FBI agents and become close friends with each other.

Priya and her mother have moved to a new town after her sister was murdered and her father commits suicide. They are trying to escape the horrors and sadness of their past. However, the serial killer responsible for her sister's death may have found her and is stalking her in this small new town.

Meanwhile, the trial for The Gardener is underway. The Butterflies are having a hard time dealing with life outside the garden and cling to each other for support and guidance.

Then there is the FBI team. They are here for support and guidance to both Priya and her mom and the Butterflies. They are the ones trying to piece the mysteries together while providing friendship. They believe Priya meeting the Butterflies could help both heal the wounds of the past.

This second book I wanted to constantly compare to the first. I don't think that is fair. They are actually two separate stories that simply have the FBI agents in common. That being said, I think that blend from one book to the next was fabulous. I got to find out what happened after the big reveal in The Butterfly Garden, but I also was introduced to a wonderful, new set of characters.

This book was a solid 4 star read for me. I really think readers will enjoy this story!

Thanks to Netgalley and publishers Thomas & Mercer for allowing me a free copy to read and review.

*** I will add that although I received egalley copies for both books, I have also bought both physical copies to add to my shelf at home. That's how good these are!***

Happy Reading!

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