The Summer Children (The Collector, #3) by Dot Hutchison

The Summer Children (The Collector, #3)

This FBI agent has come to expect almost anything—just not this…When Agent Mercedes Ramirez finds an abused young boy on her porch, covered in blood and clutching a teddy bear, she has no idea that this is just the beginning. He tells her a chilling tale: an angel killed his parents and then brought him here so Mercedes could keep him safe.His parents weren’t just murdered. It was a slaughter—a rage kill like no one on the Crimes Against ...

Details The Summer Children (The Collector, #3)

TitleThe Summer Children (The Collector, #3)
Release DateMay 22nd, 2018
PublisherThomas & Mercer
GenreThriller, Mystery, Mystery Thriller, Fiction, Suspense, Horror, Crime, Adult

Reviews The Summer Children (The Collector, #3)

  • destiny ☠ howling libraries
    #1 The Butterfly Garden ★★★★★#2 Roses of May ★★★★☆#3 The Summer Children ★★★★★I didn't think this book could top the first installment for me, but it did. ♥ This was the perfect finale. RTC!
  • Fiona
    This series remains one of my favourites, but The Summer Children now holds the title as my favourite entry.As before, we're following our team of agents - now including Sterling from Roses of May, yay! - and this time the focus is on Mercedes. Unlike the last books, we don't spend this one looking through the view of the subject of a case, but directly from Mercedes herself. There's something about the way that Dot Hutchison writes such horrific...
  • Anne
    I loved this final book in the trilogy! The Butterfly Garden had my attention from the first page and so I was invested in the characters already. And even though this novel deals with horrific instances of child abuse and murder, if you can stomach that you are in for a real treat of a novel! We see the FBI agents, Mercedes, Eddison, Sterling, and Vic as humans with compassion as well as all the flaws that come with life's challenges--especially...
  • DebsD
    I've been eagerly waiting for this - the third in The Collector series - to show up on Netgalley, and I read it within 24 hours of its appearance. My thoughts here are written immediately after finishing, and I will probably return to add to this review later. This one didn't grab me and make me love it the way the second book did - but honestly, for me, that second book was a tough act to follow, and this is still a fabulous book. It shows the s...
  • ❆Lady Shadow (Francesca)❆
    Sweet baby Jeezus, I didn’t know this beauty was available on NetGalley...will it last until Sunday? Not a chance!! 😈😈 #yas #cometomama #readytobefuckedup #Dotyoubloodygenius ≿————- ❈ ————-≾ AMAZING, BEAUTIFULLY & ELEGANTLY WRITTEN, CHARACTERS WONDERFULLY TANGIBLE, BREATHTAKING PLOT Detailed review to come.
  • Elaine Tomasso
    I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of The Summer Children, the third novel in The Collector Series, featuring FBI Agent Mercedes Ramirez.Mercedes returns home from date night to find a bloodied child on her doorstep. 8 year old Ronnie Wilkes is unharmed and says an angel killed his mum and dad and took him to Mercedes who would keep him safe. He is just the first.I thoroughly enjoyed The Summer Children which ...
  • Maranda
    Reviews take into consideration the characters, plot, and the skill that both are told. Dot Hutchison excels with the development of in depth character personalities and fast moving story. I did read "The Butterfly Garden" the first in this Collector series. It was a telling that stays with the reader after the last page is turned. The Summer Children is the third in this series but could be picked up as a stand-alone. Presentation of a team of F...
  • Lisa Grønsund
    Full review soon to come. For now, I can say that it was a great conclusion to an extremely well-executed trilogy. I didn't quite enjoy this book as much as the first, but I liked it better than the prequel. Since it's right in the middle of both prior books, I'm statistically speaking landing on a 3,75 star-rating. However, since it's a weird rating for me to award I'd like to state my real rating at 3,5 stars and a rating of 4 stars to the seri...
  • Yvonne (It's All About Books)
    Finished reading: April 14th 2018 "Scars mean we survived something, even when the wounds still hurt." *** A copy of this book was kindly provided to me by Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! *** (view spoiler)[I have been following this series ever since I read the first book back in 2016. The Butterfly Garden blew me away with one of the most disturbing and twisted serial killer cases I've encountered t...
  • Kei • lovelypagesreviews •
    4 stars! “Those who turn to violence don't usually have solutions to offer. Or they tried, and lost, and think this is their only way forward.”The Summer Children is the third (and final) book in the Collector trilogy. The three books even though they are part of a trilogy can easily be read as standalones, they mention previous characters but not enough for the reader to get lost. This one features Agent Ramirez who works at CAC (Crimes ag...
  • Shannon
    4.5 stars. A seriously great read.I read the three books in this series in order and I recommend that though I don't think it's strictly necessary. If you want to jump right in with this book, you'll be just fine. In some ways, I think this is the best book of the trilogy, but the more I think on it, the more the books can't really be compared to each other. They're all so different.The series as a whole centers around an FBI task force, the seco...
  • Renee
    I have received a netgalley arc (in return for an honest review) of every book in the Collector Series by Dot Hutchison and each one was brilliant, captivating and beautiful. Each one disturbing, funny, uncomfortable and passionate.The Summer Children was no different. I laughed, I cried and I enjoyed myself. I ate up page after page, deeply involved with some new characters and old characters I have grown to love.Anyone who knows me well can tel...
  • Nicole Shattuck
    While this one wasn't quite as riveting as The Butterfly Garden, I still LOVE the way that Dot writes her characters. They are so real and relate able. I actually miss the snarky detectives and wish there was more story with Inara and Bliss. They could easily have their own books as well.
  • Kath
    This is the third and final book in The Collector trilogy so, to get the best from it, it is best to have read the first two, The Butterfly Garden and The Roses of May, first. You could, at a push, read all three books as stand alones as the main stories are self contained, but there is a running theme and crossover character inclusion and development to be had throughout the trilogy so I really would recommend reading in order.In this book, we f...
  • Krista Bunny
    I want to start by saying that I received an ARC of this book from NetGalley in return for my honest opinion, so here we go!I liked this book. It made me cry, weep and so angry I hit my bed, but I felt good by the end. The The Butterfly Garden was like an episode of Criminal Minds – it started from the present and showed the horrible Garden in flashbacks through Inara. Vic was a great foil for the Gardener and his sons. The Roses of May was mor...
  • Krystal
    This may be the third (and I believe final) book in the Collector series, however it can be read and understood as a stand-alone novel. Yes, some characters from the first two novels are featured in this one, however it is done in a way where the reader doesn't get lost or confused. This novel does touch on some disturbing realities (mainly the abuse of children and how in some cases the abuse is overlooked and/or the system has failed a child), ...
  • Lynne Lambdin
    Dot Hutchison is my girl. Not only is she a brilliant writer, she releases her books on NetGalley to readers WITHOUT approval. You read that right folks! NO approval required. A lady of the people, how can you not be obsessed with this woman?!?The Collector series is delectably dark and twisted. For some, this is a major appeal. The wrong just seems so right in her stories. I've eaten this series up. However, The Summer Children, lacked something...
  • Carrie Gulledge
    I don't normally read murder/mystery/suspense novels. I can't even begin to tell you what drew me to the first book, The Butterfly Garden , but whatever it was, I'm thankful. I can't say that it drew me into reading other books in this type of genre, but I've enjoyed every book in this series in ways I can't describe.Hutchinson is good at writing the heart wrenching, but leveling it with humor and love. The relationship within this team of agent...
  • Elisa
    An excellent conclusion to a fantastic trilogy. The Collector started by focusing on the victims of a psychopath, while the FBI team trying to figure out what was happening was mostly a sideline. The second novel gave equal attention to the victim and the same law-enforcement team. Now the spotlight shines on Mercedes Ramirez, one of the cops. Kids are being left on her porch by and "angel" who takes them out of horrific situations by killing the...
  • Margaret Duke-Wyer
    This is the third book in the Collector series – but the first I have written. In all honesty, that was a huge shame for me because at some points I floundered with the characters and reference to the earlier books. Clearly this can be read as a stand-alone but I am sure my considerable enjoyment of this book would have been enhanced had I read the earlier books. The Summer Children was presented through the character of Mercedes Ramirez an FBI...
  • Shannon
    I got a copy of this free to review from netgalley.comI wish I could give books like six stars because this is amazing. This book ranks up there with my absolute favorite book series, which is saying a lot. While there are quite a few books that I love, rarely do I love them as much as every book in this series. I read this in a matter of hours, couldn't put it down until I was so tired my eyes started crossing and I literally couldn't read, then...
  • Lesley Kay
    I was lucky enough to receive an ARC of this novel in exchange for my review. I read The Butterfly Garden when it was first released. I loved it, devoured it. There was just the right amount of edge to it, and I was fascinated by the premise. When the second in the series was released, I couldn’t wait to read it. Sadly, it fell a bit flat for me. I didn’t like the characters as much, and the story didn’t grip me the way the first book did. ...
  • Lisa
    FBI agent Mercedes Ramirez finds an abused, blood-covered little boy on her front porch clutching a teddy bear. He tells her an angel killed his parents and made him watch. The angel also told him he would be safe with Mercedes. Soon more children show up on her front porch and Mercedes and her fellow agents must race to find out who the killer is and why they picked her. I was very excited to read the final book in the Collector series and it de...
  • Michelle
    I would like to thank Netgalley and the publisher for an advance copy of The Summer Children. This is the third book in the series, I really LOVED the first book and this one, the third in the series, was so far the best of them all. I loved the characters and felt I had a vested interest in them, I feel the love and friendship the characters had with one another is what made the third book the most enjoyable so far in the series. The story start...
  • Angel
    The Summer Children is the third and final book in Dot Hutchinson's The Collector Trilogy. The entire trilogy is brilliant, the final act did not disappoint and I highly recommend the series. Dot Hutchinson brings an amazing cast of characters to life and is an amazing storyteller. This novel was full of suspense; I just couldn’t put down. This was bittersweet because I really enjoyed this cast of characters but knew that this was the final boo...
  • Grace
    The third novel in The Collector series is narrated by Mercedes Ramirez, an agent on Victor Hanoverian's team. I love that there's a different narrator in each of these novels, and Mercedes quickly wormed her way into my heart. The mystery of the "angel" rescuing abused children by murdering their parents immediately caught my attention and didn't let go. I especially enjoyed reading the parts from the killer's point of view, and how Mercedes' pa...
  • kellie
    Love The Collector trilogy and for me this one is the best so far. Dot Hutchison is a spectacular author, she brings a chilling subject right to the core of our hearts and then warms us up again with character you route for and love. FBI Agent Ramirez is being sent children to look after, literally to her doorstep. They are being saved from bad families by a person the kids call "The Angel". Ramirez is stuck between her own horrific past and the ...
  • Lizzie
    SO I was already a fan, just so everyone is aware. I loved the first in the series, the second was a little lacking for me, but the third...fantastic. I thought this was very close to how I felt when I finished The Butterfly Garden. I just love the characters, and all our favorites make the return with a new face thrown in as well. The story ebbs and flows and draws you in. You just want to read, read, and read some more. I love the banter betwee...