The Vanishing Season

The Vanishing Season

Dot Hutchison is the bestselling author of the Collector series books—The Butterfly Garden, The Roses of May, The Summer Children, and The Vanishing Season . She is also the author of A Wounded Name, a young adult novel based on Hamlet...

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The Vanishing Season Reviews

  • Fiona

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

    There's a line towards the end of this book, that talks about the extraordinary kindness people can surprise you with, and I think that sums up exactly what drove this series so deep into my heart. I really don't get emotional about books any more, but I couldn't maintain dry eyes throughout the last quarter. Something about these agents and the family they've built for themselves just hits such

    Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for a free copy of this book in return for an honest review.

    There's a line towards the end of this book, that talks about the extraordinary kindness people can surprise you with, and I think that sums up exactly what drove this series so deep into my heart. I really don't get emotional about books any more, but I couldn't maintain dry eyes throughout the last quarter. Something about these agents and the family they've built for themselves just hits such a true note that it's like having that family as my own.

    We're still only just under a month from publication, so obviously this will be a spoiler-free review. As usual, though you'll miss a lot if you do, this and all the books can be read on their own - but why would you want to not go back? I do, every time a new book comes out. In terms of the other books, this is more similar to #3 - we're back with the CAC team, rather than the survivors of a horror, but in this particular case it's hard not to blur the lines a bit. The characters we've grown to love don't disappoint, and there's a host of new people to extend your heart to.

    I really am very emotional about this series, and Dot Hutchison has pulled off a true miracle in bringing such hope and happiness into what can be such a dark genre. She's an author who believes in kindness and it's extraordinary powers, and I can't wait to see what she does next.

  • ❆Francesca (Mother of Cats) Selina❆

    The perfect conclusion to an amazing series.

    I devoured this book in a day and I cried the whole time; Hutchison’s writing is like a siren song: you can’t resist being lured in....

    Full review to come when the publishing date is nearer.

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    FEBRUARY 2019:

    Another beautiful cover for this fantastic series!

    I’ll be extremely sad when this books comes out because it’s going to be the final book of The Collector series and I’m so not ready to let go....this series is my favorite psychologi

    The perfect conclusion to an amazing series.

    I devoured this book in a day and I cried the whole time; Hutchison’s writing is like a siren song: you can’t resist being lured in....

    Full review to come when the publishing date is nearer.

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    FEBRUARY 2019:

    Another beautiful cover for this fantastic series!

    I’ll be extremely sad when this books comes out because it’s going to be the final book of The Collector series and I’m so not ready to let go....this series is my favorite psychological thriller and each book is so

    !

    Discovering Dot Hutchison’s writing has been life changing, I’ll forever be her fan.

  • (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    I've come to love the CAC team in this series. With the last two installments we really get to know them and become invested in the family they have formed. In

    8 year old Brooklyn Mercer goes missing on her short walk home from school. The disappearance allows us to dig deeper into Brandon Eddison's past. I have thoroughly enjoyed Bran and his interaction

    I've come to love the CAC team in this series. With the last two installments we really get to know them and become invested in the family they have formed. In

    8 year old Brooklyn Mercer goes missing on her short walk home from school. The disappearance allows us to dig deeper into Brandon Eddison's past. I have thoroughly enjoyed Bran and his interaction with both the members of his team and the girls from the Garden whom he adopted over time. It was fitting to finally get his full backstory.

    I appreciate that Dot Hutchinson gave us this fitting conclusion to the series. The ending was like catching up with old friends and feeling that sense of contentment at finding out what they have been up to.

  • Colleen

    ARC provided by Thomas & Mercer via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I have such mixed feelings about

    . It was a solid story. I easily read it in under twenty-four hours. And I’m satisfied with the way things ended… But I’m only satisfied, not mind-blown. Although Hutchison’s writing has become more polished throughout this series, none of the subsequent books elicited anywhere near as visceral a

    ARC provided by Thomas & Mercer via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.

    I have such mixed feelings about

    . It was a solid story. I easily read it in under twenty-four hours. And I’m satisfied with the way things ended… But I’m only satisfied, not mind-blown. Although Hutchison’s writing has become more polished throughout this series, none of the subsequent books elicited anywhere near as visceral a reaction as did the first book,

    .

    reads more like a straightforward, mainstream thriller. The story is told almost entirely in first person, present tense from the POV of Agent Eliza Sterling. There are a few flashback scenes that don’t add much to the overall story, but everything else is told by Sterling. And unfortunately, Sterling is the weakest link in this book and probably the whole series.

    I never connected with Sterling. Maybe I just got tired of hearing how young and gorgeous she was. Maybe I never entirely bought into her purported level of intelligence. But it boils down to the fact that I simply did not find her a compelling lead character. I was pretty ambivalent about her as a side character, but I was hoping she would bring more to the table as a lead. But her narration and her personality were so inconsistent. Sometimes she was cold and clinical. Other times she was frilly and almost ditsy. I felt so disconnected from her. It was engaging when she was analyzing the case, because following along with the logic of criminal profiling and narrowing the suspect pool was right up my alley. But the second the story switched to Sterling having a personal moment, my interest would lag.

    I also never got used to Eliza referring to Eddison as “Bran.” Don’t change how a character is referred to four books into a series!

    One aspect that I loved about the previous books was the exploration of various effects of violent trauma. From Stockholm Syndrome to survivor’s guilt, the previous books expertly presented the far-reaching ripples of these crimes. But that was barely present in

    . There was a small look at treatment of families of the perpetrators and some repetition of lessons from previous books, but all of that took a backseat to the rest of the story. And I greatly missed both the emotion and intellectual intrigue of exploring those difficult subjects.

    This story still made me cry, but it was overall the least emotionally impactful to me of the four books. I enjoyed the parts pertaining to the case more than the interpersonal relations. Sterling was so stiff that I wasn’t invested in her romantic relationship at all. And my connection with the other characters was more due to the events of the first three books than anything specific in this installment. If anyone read this as a standalone, they wouldn’t be nearly as invested. But it bears repeating that this book literally made me cry, because I

    cry at books. So keep that in mind despite the amount of critiques in this review. This was still an intriguing story with a strong emotional component. I enjoyed it thoroughly; it just was not as amazing as its predecessors.

    According to the author’s note, this is the end of the series, and I’m very glad of that. I said after

    that as much as I enjoyed this series, I want it to end before it drags on and the quality tanks. I’m satisfied with the way things wrapped up, and I hope this truly is the end. I’m excited to see what Hutchison does next with a new concept!

  • Kylie D

    Another powerful novel in The Collector series, this one focusing on FBI Agent Eliza Sterling searching for a missing eight year old girl. For Eliza's partner Bran the case has a special meaning. His sister, who looked a lot like the missing girl, also went missing twenty five years ago, never to be seen again. As the case open old wounds for the team, they race to save the girl, but new chilling evidence comes to light, that this girl might not be the only one. This madman, whoever he is, has b

    Another powerful novel in The Collector series, this one focusing on FBI Agent Eliza Sterling searching for a missing eight year old girl. For Eliza's partner Bran the case has a special meaning. His sister, who looked a lot like the missing girl, also went missing twenty five years ago, never to be seen again. As the case open old wounds for the team, they race to save the girl, but new chilling evidence comes to light, that this girl might not be the only one. This madman, whoever he is, has been taking girls for decades...

    Gee, I really enjoy this series, and I'm glad Dot Hutchison extended it past the initial trilogy. With convincing writing, along with a cast of memorable characters, these book will keep you up long into the night. I recommend these books to all lovers of crime and mystery novels.

    My thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  • MissBecka

    The atmosphere on this one was far more sappy & sad than the previous three.

    The POV is from Agent Sterling's perspective.

    Sterling is my least favourite character and better suited as a side dish rather than the MC in my opinion.

    I think that may be why I enjoyed this less than the other books.

    Or maybe I am just depressed that the series is over and I have to say goodbye to all my new friends.

    Who knows for sure?

    "You look too sweet to be so evil."

    Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for

    The atmosphere on this one was far more sappy & sad than the previous three.

    The POV is from Agent Sterling's perspective.

    Sterling is my least favourite character and better suited as a side dish rather than the MC in my opinion.

    I think that may be why I enjoyed this less than the other books.

    Or maybe I am just depressed that the series is over and I have to say goodbye to all my new friends.

    Who knows for sure?

    "You look too sweet to be so evil."

    Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for this ARC.

  • Nilufer Ozmekik

    3 little sad of ending of the series that I adored but also dissatisfied because of slow burned development and frustrated by the way of storytelling stars!

    Okay, Butterfly Garden is one of my best, creepiest, most blood freezing, nail biting, mind bending, nightmarish book and I enjoyed it too much. So when the new books of the series published, naturally I wanted to read more !

    Other two books of the series are not bad but not masterpieces, they were regular thriller books! They’re okay-ish!

    Bu

    3 little sad of ending of the series that I adored but also dissatisfied because of slow burned development and frustrated by the way of storytelling stars!

    Okay, Butterfly Garden is one of my best, creepiest, most blood freezing, nail biting, mind bending, nightmarish book and I enjoyed it too much. So when the new books of the series published, naturally I wanted to read more !

    Other two books of the series are not bad but not masterpieces, they were regular thriller books! They’re okay-ish!

    But this one isn’t okay for me!

    And I have problems with this book BECAUSE:

    - 8 years old Brooklyn’s kidnapping is completely overshadowed by Agent Eddison’s resuming traumatic issues about her sister’s disappearance and over dramatic connection and relationship problems between him and Sterling . ( The House, the Wedding Dress mentioned more than crimes)

    - Too many characters, too many personal details and daily issues! The women agents were acting like high school girls made me question the genre ! I thought that was not a YA thriller and too many Spanish ( I hate to read a book with a dictionary)

    - Burning the wedding dress part made me think maybe I’m not reading thriller, I’m reading a chic lit but I didn’t find out before I read the half of it!

    - After they found the killer, the writer wanted to give the characters make their peace with the past but those dramatic parts and finding the corpses of the lost girls are slow, dull , long and not as emotional as I expected!

    - The killer part was surprising but his story was too sad and traumatic made you think you have to pity on him because of his lost and his psychological problems!

    This series made a great start and luckily and finally most of the characters have their HEAs. But I was expecting a page turner, riveting, gripping thriller! Instead of that I got overdramatic slow burn psychological fiction! Damn it !

  • Kristie

    ★★★★

    ★★★★

    ★★★★★

    Needless to say, I can't wait to see what this next installment has in store for us!

    Current expected publication date is

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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 stru

    ★★★★

    ★★★★

    ★★★★★

    Needless to say, I can't wait to see what this next installment has in store for us!

    Current expected publication date is

    .

    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.

  • ♠️ TABI ♠️

    Okay so is this series just going to keep going or what . . . ? I'll still read it because I adore the macabre beauty of

    , but still!! How many books is this series going to have???

  • destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    YESSSSSSSSSSSSSS I'M SO EXCITED THERE'S A FOURTH BOOK! I've missed my FBI babies!

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