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A recent abduction becomes an unexpected link to a decades-long spree of unspeakable crimes.

Eight-year-old Brooklyn Mercer has gone missing. And as accustomed as FBI agents Eliza Sterling and Brandon Eddison are to such harrowing cases, this one has struck a nerve. It marks the anniversary of the disappearance of Eddison’s own little sister. Disturbing, too, is the girl’s resemblance to Eliza - so uncanny they could be mother and daughter. 

With Eddison’s unsettled past rising again with rage and pain, Eliza is determined to solve this case at any cost. But the closer she looks, the more reluctant she is to divulge to her increasingly shaken partner what she finds. Brooklyn isn’t the only girl of her exact description to go missing. She’s just the latest in a frightening pattern going back decades in cities throughout the entire country. 

In a race against time, Eliza’s determined to bring Brooklyn home and somehow find the link to the cold case that has haunted Eddison - and the entire Crimes Against Children team - since its inception.

©2019 by Dot Hutchison. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Love but really annoyed

I love this series! I have ever since I read about the butterflies. But sometimes I want to remind the author that not all of us are multilingual. I know a bit of Spanish, but when they go off into conversations it’s very frustrating and makes me wonder what I’m missing.

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What an amazing journey this series has been

I absolutely loved this book. I cried and I laughed. These characters have become like family and good friends. I just can not say enough about how much this book touched my soul.

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NO MYSTERY HERE

I selected this audiobook because it was advertised as a mystery and the exceptional Will Damron was listed as the primary narrator (his name being listed first). But after struggling to listen to the very end of the story, I felt swindled; this is not a mystery, and Damron's role is extremely limited (perhaps 15% of the narration). The story begins okay within the mystery genre but quickly sinks into hours of totally non-mystery-related dialogue and monotonous juvenile and unprofessional interactions among the FBI agents assigned to the case (including the preachy agent Eliza Sterling, adequately narrated by Jesse Vilinsky), all of which is totally unnecessary and eventually becomes rather irritating. The male FBI character Brandon Eddison (Damron's role) is unlikeable, with extreme anger and guilt issues that need urgent psychological intervention. This audiobook is a definite "no, Dude".

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need to learn spanish to get it

great story great ending to a crime series if they make movies about this i really hope it goes more the bone collector like rather than the girl on the train route . my only trouble with this book is that you need to be bilingual to listen to IT. im from Chile so my native language is spanish so I had no trouble and my second language is english but I get why people are against this audiobook.

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Not the best

I loved the butterfly garden and the sequel to that wasn’t as good but manageable. This one it’s painful to get through. The storyline isn’t good and feels rushed. It’s all over the place and too long. I wanted to enjoy the last of the trilogy but each book has a decline in storyline and plot for me.

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Not as good as the first couple in series

The first couple of books were less about the romance and more about the creepiness of the crimes. This one seemed to have gotten even softer than the last. The narration was a little annoying with the voicing of the little children but I understand why it is done, but still a bit annoying.

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Great ending

I really hated the top reviews for this book. They made me think there was going to be a lot of Spanish, which I don't speak any, but there isn't. yes every once in a while a character will say a Spanish saying or something , but it's to make the book more Authentic. We aren't missing any important dialog and you can tell that. Obviously the people that write those reviews have never been around bilingual person. They randomly say things in Spanish during conversations, so in the book it makes it more real since the characters are part Latino.
Another reviewer said there were too many gay characters, obviously they are bias because there is one gay couple in the whole series!! I wish we could comment on people's false reviews.
Anyways this book was great and a perfect way to end the story. I'm so glad the team found some closure. (don't want to give spoilers)

I highly recommend

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  • 01-25-21

This review is for The Collector, the series

This book is the end of an outstanding series. Each of the member of the FBI task force has their moment of fame throughout the series and not one of the books ever disappoint. Although a different type of happy ending, bringing closure to the different cases the group has, it's a plus. Each of the narrators did spectacularly well. Making appropriate inflections to the situation the characters are, as well as making it possible to identify when a different character was in play.
Dot Hutchison did a fantastic job in creating a series of stories that, although interconnected, have a life on their own. I strongly recommend the entire series, but do have to say, book 1 and 4 were my absolute favorites. Excellent books!

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Dot Hutchinson did it again

I think this was a great listen, Dot Hutchinson has done it again. Her writing keeps you listening.

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Such a Great series!

Start with The Butterfly Garden and listen to all 4 books! The connection with the characters becomes so real. Loved the series. Thanks Dorothy!

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  • carol
  • 10-14-21

Amazingly well written books

After reading a review of the first book in this series I have to say that reading them all is a must in order to digest the story and get closure. These characters are very well written and carried through each story in a very natural way. Parts of the stories are difficult to read due to the severity of the crimes, however they make sense within the story and are necessary. I would highly recommend them all. Fantastic books.

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  • Sarah Davies
  • 07-16-21

Must read all 4

This was a beautiful and heart breaking end to this series. with characters that have become like family and delicate and sympathetic approach to all the different aspects of such difficult subject matter. Can't recommend enough.

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  • HettyP
  • 11-18-19

love

love everything by Dot Hutchison
can't wait for another by this author. Don't hesitate to download this.

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  • 08-08-19

It's a nope

I thought the kidnapped girl was going to die of old age while the author wrote a tome about what sort of coffee the investigators drank. Way too much tedious minutiae. Didn't get past the coffee chapter.

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