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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 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.


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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 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.

30 review for The Vanishing Season

  1. 5 out of 5

    (Bern) Mom to 2 Posh Lil Divas

    An amazing & satisfying end to Dot Hutchinson's The Collector series! "We heal, mostly, but even scars can bleed." 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 The Vanishing Season 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 An amazing & satisfying end to Dot Hutchinson's The Collector series! "We heal, mostly, but even scars can bleed." 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 The Vanishing Season 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. What an emotional case and journey! This one got to me the way The Butterfly Garden did - I was emotionally invested and couldn't tear myself away from its pages. 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. The book was emotional, heartbreaking and absolutely wonderful! It's hard not to get sucked in to the dynamics between the members of this team. I will definitely miss them but I am satisfied with where Hutchinson chose to go with her conclusion and so happy I went along with her for the The Collector journey! Special thanks to Dot Hutchinson, Thomas & Mercer Publishing and NetGalley for the opportunity to read and review an arc of this book.

  2. 5 out of 5

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    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 !

  4. 5 out of 5

    destiny ♡⚔♡ [howling libraries]

    #1 The Butterfly Garden ★★★★★ #2 Roses of May ★★★★☆ #3 The Summer Children ★★★★★ Sadly, this has been really... odd and not up to par for the series, if that makes sense? I'm setting this aside at 25% but I do plan on picking it back up later to see if it gets better. Thank you so much to the publisher for providing me with this ARC in exchange for an honest review!

  5. 5 out of 5

    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.

  6. 4 out of 5

    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.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Karima chermiti

    #1 : The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1) : 3 Stars #2 : Roses of May (The Collector, #2) : 4 Stars #3 : The Summer Children (The Collector, #3) : 5 Stars The Vanishing Season is the conclusion to The Collector Series by Dot Hutchison and it’s a very satisfying end to on my favorite mystery thriller series. I like how we came full circle with this book and how the questions that have been haunting me through the series are now answered in the best way possible. The whole series follows a team #1 : The Butterfly Garden (The Collector #1) : 3 Stars #2 : Roses of May (The Collector, #2) : 4 Stars #3 : The Summer Children (The Collector, #3) : 5 Stars The Vanishing Season is the conclusion to The Collector Series by Dot Hutchison and it’s a very satisfying end to on my favorite mystery thriller series. I like how we came full circle with this book and how the questions that have been haunting me through the series are now answered in the best way possible. The whole series follows a team of FBI agents and each book is told from the perspective of one of the agents. The Vanishing Season focuses on Agent Eliza Sterling as she searches along with her team for an eight year old girl who’s gone missing when coming back from school but the similarities between her disappearance and the disappearance of Bran’s sister faith decades ago makes the case a very emotional one for the whole team. As the investigations progresses it becomes very clear that the girl may be one of many and the culprit they’re looking for may have been taking young girls for years and years. We heal, mostly, but even scars can bleed As conclusions go, this one is really good. It ties all the loose ends; it respects the characters arcs and their individual journey and answers all the questions that’s been there along the way while giving us a very deep picture of who the characters are and how far they have come. I loved everything about it from the mystery and how it was handled, to all the revelations that touched our heroes one way or another to the fact that they are finally at peace with everything they went through coming out stronger after every struggle. I really love how even though the mysteries are well done n every single book, they are written with a compassion and emotions, they’re not glorified or exaggerated for shock value. I mean the series is one of the most sensitive series I’ve read in a very long way. The author shows respect through her brilliant writing to the pain the characters endure and to the tragedies that happen in the whole series. Life has a way of mocking our choices The characters has always been written in a way that makes you root for them to make it through, to move on from the hurt of the past and embrace the beauty of possibilities and that’s what happened in this finale. I can’t be happier with the outcome of this book. even though, it’s was really sad, painful to read and sometimes hard to get through, at the end, I’m happy that I gave this series a chance and that I grow to know the characters more and more with every book and see them grow and change and become happier leaving the pain behind without forgetting the struggles that made them who they are. Touching, Hopeful and deeply moving, The Collector Series is a must read for fans of the thriller/mystery genre and even if you're not a fan I think you'll become one after reading this series. Please, give it a chance, you won’t regret.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Cortney LaScola - The Bookworm, Myrtle Beach

    I love this series. I devoured the first 3 books, but The Vanishing Season left a lot to be desired. While I love the entire FBI team, the magnitude of the inane banter and chit chat was annoying. There was just so much. That's not what I'm here for. I want more of the mystery/crime. I feel like this installment was missing the magic, the on the edge of my seat suspense that the other 3 books had. And all of a sudden, all the evidence was just there and it was solved... is it really that easy? Ma I love this series. I devoured the first 3 books, but The Vanishing Season left a lot to be desired. While I love the entire FBI team, the magnitude of the inane banter and chit chat was annoying. There was just so much. That's not what I'm here for. I want more of the mystery/crime. I feel like this installment was missing the magic, the on the edge of my seat suspense that the other 3 books had. And all of a sudden, all the evidence was just there and it was solved... is it really that easy? Maybe stop with the unnecessary repetition of how they're all "family" and actually delve a little more into the missing girls. And the fact that everyone made SUCH A BIG DEAL that Eliza has blonde hair and blue eyes like the missing girls was eye-roll worthy. Who cares? A ton of women are blonde with blue eyes. Still a decent book... I'm sad that it's the last one though. Not a great note to end on.

  9. 5 out of 5

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

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sarah Ames-Foley

    #1: The Butterfly Garden ★★★★★ #2: Roses of May ★★★ #3: The Summer Children ★★★★ #4: The Vanishing Season ★★ This review can also be found on my blog. disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for review consideration. All of the opinions presented below are my own. First and foremost, I need to give my thanks to Rachel who has been with me for every step of this journey (I also reread her review of The Summer Children and realized it said every #1: The Butterfly Garden ★★★★★ #2: Roses of May ★★★ #3: The Summer Children ★★★★ #4: The Vanishing Season ★★ This review can also be found on my blog. disclaimer: I received an advanced copy of this book from NetGalley and the publisher in exchange for review consideration. All of the opinions presented below are my own. First and foremost, I need to give my thanks to Rachel who has been with me for every step of this journey (I also reread her review of The Summer Children and realized it said everything I was trying to say below, but better). By which I mean she has put up with my endless livetexting of this godforsaken novel and my incredulity whilst reading it. Which comes across as rude, but I’m not sure I would have made it through without someone to vent to. While writing negative reviews can be freeing in a way, I’ve been dreading writing this one. I absolutely adored Dot Hutchison’s first novel in this series. The Butterfly Garden was everything I wanted in a thriller, and I was absolutely blown away by it. I could not put it down! Shortly thereafter I read The Roses of May and while my review was glowing, my star rating slowly dropped the more thought I gave to it. The Summer Children peaked in quality a bit more, but the depth of focus given to the agents’ relationships, which many had critiqued in The Roses of May, finally began to irk me. The Vanishing Season takes it to a whole other level. The problem with these books is that they force you to completely suspend your disbelief regarding professionalism and appropriate workplace behavior. There’s a time and a place for cutesy stuff like this, but FBI agents actively working a case ain’t it. It’s to the point where I hesitate to call this a thriller, or a mystery. While the last two books at least had some sense of danger and urgency, The Vanishing Season is honestly nothing but fanservice. The tonal shift is enough to give you whiplash. I’m not saying that books need to mirror reality perfectly and most thrillers do require you to suspend your disbelief a bit, but it would take some serious mental gymnastics to think that a law enforcement team could actually function like this without crashing and burning, or at least getting a serious talking-to from an internal affairs department. I lost track of all the things I could not believe were happening. Agent cuddle parties. They all live next to each other! Always joking about the boy being outnumbered by LOL GIRLS (realistic but annoying). Her boss kisses her on the CHEEK? Literally everyone talks about the MC looking like an 8-year-old girl constantly and I’m seriously done with women being infantilized. Aside from that, the excess of unnecessary detail was… overwhelming. I wish I had highlighted examples as I came across them because there were so many. In instances where a sentence or two would have conveyed a process just fine, a full page is used instead. There was so much infodumping that I just didn’t understand, and it came across as the epitome of telling instead of showing. It sucks because between all the stuff I didn’t like, there was so much promise. The crime of the week could have been so much more interesting had it been expanded on, but it became more of a background to everyone’s personal problems. There was a really interesting exploration of realizing one had been abused that would have hit so much harder if it hadn’t been crammed together with a dozen other things. I feel like this book just tried to do everything at once and ended up shooting itself in the foot because of it. It’s a bummer because we all know Dot Hutchison is an incredible writer; The Butterfly Garden was kind of a masterpiece imo. The rest of the series was just an entirely different kind of writing. So, unfortunately this really wasn’t for me and I can’t say I recommend it in its current state -- I can only hope that some additional edits were made between the ARC and the finished copy. I guess if you’re obsessed with the characters and want to see them spend all their time goofing around or having Serious Emotional Moments together, this is the book for you. If you’re looking for an actual thriller/mystery, keep looking.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Colleen

    3.5 Stars *A wonderful wrap-up to a thrilling and emotional series* ARC provided by Thomas & Mercer via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have such mixed feelings about The Vanishing Season. 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 3.5 Stars *A wonderful wrap-up to a thrilling and emotional series* ARC provided by Thomas & Mercer via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. I have such mixed feelings about The Vanishing Season. 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, The Butterfly Garden. The Vanishing Season 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 The Vanishing Season. 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 rarely 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 The Summer Children 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! RATING FACTORS: Ease of Reading: 5 Stars Writing Style: 4 Stars Characters and Character Development: 3 Stars Plot Structure and Development: 4 Stars Level of Captivation: 5 Stars Originality: 3 Stars

  12. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    Actual rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars The Vanishing Season is the 4rth and final book in The Collector series. I loved The Butterfly Garden (a 5 star read!) but the 3 books after just did not measure up to the first. This book was definitely a slow burner. The first 60% had to do with the character's development/drama and detailing kidnapping procedures. The story of an 8 yr old girl's kidnapping gets overshadowed. There were times when I thought I was reading about high school girls instead of adult Actual rating: 2.5 out of 5 stars The Vanishing Season is the 4rth and final book in The Collector series. I loved The Butterfly Garden (a 5 star read!) but the 3 books after just did not measure up to the first. This book was definitely a slow burner. The first 60% had to do with the character's development/drama and detailing kidnapping procedures. The story of an 8 yr old girl's kidnapping gets overshadowed. There were times when I thought I was reading about high school girls instead of adult FBI agents. And enough with the Spanish. I learned a few Spanish words in high school but if you have more than 5 Spanish words in a sentence, I need a translation. It's like an inside joke that I am missing out on. This was an annoyance in one of her previous books too. However, once we got to the actual story about the kidnapping, it became more intriguing (and a tearjerker). It was a satisfying, if not rushed, conclusion to all the characters in this series. Thank you to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for a copy of Dot Hutchison's "The Vanishing Season" in exchange of an honest review.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Jane

    I love, love, loved this volume of The Collector series. Told from Agent Eliza Sterling's perspective, this might be my favourite of the 4 books. The characters, as always, are really 'real', and the mystery here was solid. I wish there were many more books to come in this series, but based on the way this one ended, I suspect my wish will not come true :( 5 stars for The Vanishing Season Thanks to NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for providing me with a DRC of this book.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kristie

    The Butterfly Garden ★★★★ Roses of May ★★★★ The Summer Children ★★★★★ The Vanishing Season Needless to say, I can't wait to see what this next installment has in store for us! Current expected publication date is May 21st, 2019. NetGalley description: 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 The Butterfly Garden ★★★★ Roses of May ★★★★ The Summer Children ★★★★★ The Vanishing Season Needless to say, I can't wait to see what this next installment has in store for us! Current expected publication date is May 21st, 2019. NetGalley description: 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.

  15. 4 out of 5

    ♠️ 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 The Butterfly Garden, but still!! How many books is this series going to have???

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    The Vanishing Season is the fourth and final book in The Collector series, and although I wasn't particularly enamoured by the previous novel this instalment has raised the bar again. Hutchison hooks you in right from the get-go and holds you hostage through to the final pages. It centres around some brutal crimes and the tension she creates is palpable as it is slowly cranked up another notch as the story progressed. What I particularly love about her thrillers is that she understands the delic The Vanishing Season is the fourth and final book in The Collector series, and although I wasn't particularly enamoured by the previous novel this instalment has raised the bar again. Hutchison hooks you in right from the get-go and holds you hostage through to the final pages. It centres around some brutal crimes and the tension she creates is palpable as it is slowly cranked up another notch as the story progressed. What I particularly love about her thrillers is that she understands the delicate balance between making it fast-paced enough to keep the pages turning but not so quick that it makes the character development difficult. As her unusual, quirky cast is one of the best aspects I appreciate her attention to detail and their three-dimensionality. They are relatable and most importantly believable. As well as the intense thrills and spills we are treated to a heartbreaking emotional rollercoaster, and Hutchison really shows her storytelling prowess. I found the ending ultimately satisfying, but this is a series I feel I will miss. I guess I will have to just look forward to her next book and hope I can get as invested in it as easily as I did with these. Highly recommended. Many thanks to Thomas & Mercer for an ARC.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    There comes a time for all good things to end, this is that time. I absolutely adored the first book in this series, the back and forth chapters between detectives and victims. The second and third book were also rather good, though not as enthralling as the first. This book, This book I did not enjoy nearly as much, I found myself wishing for the victim point of view, at this point there are also so many detectives and team members we met through the series all piled in that everything gets a l There comes a time for all good things to end, this is that time. I absolutely adored the first book in this series, the back and forth chapters between detectives and victims. The second and third book were also rather good, though not as enthralling as the first. This book, This book I did not enjoy nearly as much, I found myself wishing for the victim point of view, at this point there are also so many detectives and team members we met through the series all piled in that everything gets a little lost. I was happy to hear this was the final book since the series has been on kind of a downward slope if you ask me. I did like how everything was wrapped up at the very end though, and that the victims from previous books all made appearances. all in all, not a bad read, just not as good compared to the rest from this author.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Trisha

    "We heal, mostly, but even scars can bleed." I can't believe it - the conclusion to an amazing series. I had no idea this was the end so I gladly cracked this one and just loved every word, not taking a moment to say goodbye to my favorite characters. It's a wonderful conclusion - just as sad and twisty and dark as the other books in the series. This time, you are with Eliza - a very focused, obsessive agent that can get into the heads of the bad guys and does well with the families of them. She "We heal, mostly, but even scars can bleed." I can't believe it - the conclusion to an amazing series. I had no idea this was the end so I gladly cracked this one and just loved every word, not taking a moment to say goodbye to my favorite characters. It's a wonderful conclusion - just as sad and twisty and dark as the other books in the series. This time, you are with Eliza - a very focused, obsessive agent that can get into the heads of the bad guys and does well with the families of them. She is sorting through her own struggles while also helping the team with a new mystery. One that involves Bran and his own personal case - the case of his missing sister, kidnapped years and years earlier. There is more information about the FBI group and you get to know them so well. There are also peaks of the girls who have survived as they visit (although they are definitely not the focus, just an update to them). It was so great to read about this group again. I'm so sad this series is over. I will read anything this author wants to give us! I can't wait to see what she writes next!

  19. 4 out of 5

    Lynne Lambdin

    I know that I am going against the grain here. But I have found the last two novels in this series to be pretty average. By no means were they bad, but The Butterfly Garden was so immensely good that the others in the series pale in comparison. While I did enjoy this novel, I found it to be lacking something. What? Hell if I know, but something wasn’t there for me to bring it to the 4 star level. The Vanishing Season ties up The Collector series. We are thrown into the novel with a child missing I know that I am going against the grain here. But I have found the last two novels in this series to be pretty average. By no means were they bad, but The Butterfly Garden was so immensely good that the others in the series pale in comparison. While I did enjoy this novel, I found it to be lacking something. What? Hell if I know, but something wasn’t there for me to bring it to the 4 star level. The Vanishing Season ties up The Collector series. We are thrown into the novel with a child missing. The child that is missing is about 8 years of age with blue eyes and blonde curly hair. Which is reminiscent of Eddison’s sister, Faith, who disappeared around twenty years ago. This leads into a major investigation that may or may not provide Eddison with some answers. Or it may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back with his sanity. Among the case, we are dealing with Eddison’s relationship with Eliza. Eliza also happens to be our narrator and lead investigator for this case. In addition, she happens to have similar features as Faith and Brooklyn (the missing child) which plays into this fourth installment. The thing about this series is that most of the novels have the shock factor along with the creep factor. This installment was much more heavily focused around emotions and mental instability. While The Butterfly Garden was incredibly emotional, this was done in a different manner. And to be honest, it just didn’t touch me in the same way. The last 75 pages of the story were surrounded around Eddison’s handling of the situation. And call me what you will, but it was kind of boring. I would have enjoyed a more drawn out case rather than an emotional uncovering. Additionally, the emphasis put on Eliza’s emotion with her mentally abusive relationship was annoying in my opinion. Simply at times I feel like her situation paled in comparison to Eddison’s. Like we have witnessed some heavy stuff through out this novel. Her keeping a dress for four years seemed gosh damn ridiculous for the amount of focus it received. Please do not take that comment as being insensitive or belittling to emotional abuse cases. That certainly was not the intent. I am simply stating Hutchinson really focused on this, while we have gone through some heavy shit with other characters in this series that simply cannot compare. Additionally, Eliza’s focus on having similar features as Faith and Brooklyn was interesting. I found it a bit too convenient and sometimes not logical. Do all blonde haired, blue eyed girls look the same? Why yes those are similar features, but everyone’s reaction to her resemblance based on her eye and hair color was fascinating. Two similarities just aren’t enough for the shock value that ensued with each introduction. Not to mention, she was a grown woman not an 8 year old child. How similar could her resemblance be to a child that did not grow up? I don’t know maybe I am nitpicking. One last complaint, I found the banter between so many FBI agents at time to be confusing. Like who the hell is talking? Who the hell made that joke? There were many snippets where I simply could not follow the banter because there were too many characters. I don’t just have complaints though! I did enjoy getting the little loose ends all tied up and pieced together. It was nice to see where some of our Butterfly girls ended up and how they have dealt with the cards life handed them. Additionally, I really enjoyed meeting Ian. He was a great asset to the characters. But overall, I wasn’t really impressed with this novel. I think it accomplished what it needed to. But it certainly was on the weaker end in this series. But that is just my opinion and by the looks of the rating, I am an outlier. I look forward to reading some of my Goodreads friends review of this book. Thank you NetGalley and Thomas & Mercer for the copy of this novel.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Queen Cronut

    Extremely mixed feelings about this book. I think I need a few days to process that ending. *RTC

  21. 5 out of 5

    Samantha Gonsalves

    I really tried to like this one, but it's nowhere near to what a masterpiece The Butterfly Garden was. Too many chapters/pages go into the intricacies of the characters so that the actual subject of the book - The Vanishing of Brooklyn Mercer gets shadowed (in my opinion). Not so much of a thriller as an overly-emotional drama, something that is not my preferred genre. I would have really liked if we'd seen more of the Brooklyn Mercer case and how it tied in with the other cold cases. Also, what I really tried to like this one, but it's nowhere near to what a masterpiece The Butterfly Garden was. Too many chapters/pages go into the intricacies of the characters so that the actual subject of the book - The Vanishing of Brooklyn Mercer gets shadowed (in my opinion). Not so much of a thriller as an overly-emotional drama, something that is not my preferred genre. I would have really liked if we'd seen more of the Brooklyn Mercer case and how it tied in with the other cold cases. Also, what happened to perp in the end? There was no clarity on that either. Everything and everyone here is just a little TOO perfect for my liking. The only good parts in this book were where I read about the actual case that drew me to this book - The Vanishing of Brooklyn Mercer. As great as The Butterfly Garden was, the rest of the series just tanked in comparison. Thank you Netgalley, Dot Hutchinson and Thomas & Mercer for an arc.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Emm - One Thousand Years of Books

    Man, this is an amazing, engaging mystery. Interesting characters, twisty plot. Review to come when I have something a little more elegant to say than just that.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne (It's All About Books)

    Finished reading: May 11th 2019 "Sometimes we only recognize our limits once we've passed them." *** 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've been a big fan of The Collector series ever since I read the first book back in 2016, and I have been waiting impatiently for the final installment ever since I read book three last year. There is no doubt that The Vanishing Season delivers. Ea Finished reading: May 11th 2019 "Sometimes we only recognize our limits once we've passed them." *** 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've been a big fan of The Collector series ever since I read the first book back in 2016, and I have been waiting impatiently for the final installment ever since I read book three last year. There is no doubt that The Vanishing Season delivers. Each book of the series actually follows a different member of the FBI team, and this last book is all about Eliza and Brandon. I personally really appreciate this little detail, as it gives us the opportunity to learn more about certain characters while also still having the bantering between the members of the team. It's definitely a series best read in order, or else you will be missing important background information about both characters and past cases... But they will be well worth your time. The Vanishing Season has definitely succeeded in making this series go out with a bang. Things are going to get very personal and cold cases are going to get mixed with a current kidnapping case in a way you won't be able to guess easily. There are twists and turns involved to mislead you and while you may get some details right, it will be impossible to imagine the full truth about the who, how and why until the very end. And you won't be able to keep it dry by the time you reach the final page either... A part of this reaction has to do with the characters and how easy it is to connect to and basically adopt them. I personally love all members of the FBI team, flaws and all, and their bantering and dry humor is right up my alley. I even have a namesake in this series; something that doesn't happen often! I have seen some people complaining about the use of Spanish, but I personally love those little details as they add an authentic touch to the characters without complicating those readers who don't understand Spanish. Each character is thoroughly developed during the series and feels realistic; it's interesting seeing them evolve over time and I loved finding out how everything ended. The second half of The Vanishing Season is basically an emotional rollercoaster and there will most likely be tears involved if you were able to connect to the characters previously. I found myself flying through the pages as I was dying to discover how it all ended; I literally couldn't put down my kindle until I got there. I liked how everything wrapped up nicely and I was more than satisfied with this final book of the series. The Vanishing Season and The Summer Children are now tied for series favorite! If you enjoyed the previous books, you will most likely have an excellent time with this story as well. (hide spoiler)] P.S. Find more of my reviews here.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Samantha Gonsalves

    I really tried to like this one, but it's nowhere near to what a masterpiece The Butterfly Garden was. Too many chapters/pages go into the intricacies of the characters so that the actual subject of the book - The Vanishing of Brooklyn Mercer gets shadowed (in my opinion). Not so much of a thriller as an overly-emotional drama, something that is not my preferred genre. I would have really liked if we'd seen more of the Brooklyn Mercer case and how it tied in with the other cold cases. Also, what I really tried to like this one, but it's nowhere near to what a masterpiece The Butterfly Garden was. Too many chapters/pages go into the intricacies of the characters so that the actual subject of the book - The Vanishing of Brooklyn Mercer gets shadowed (in my opinion). Not so much of a thriller as an overly-emotional drama, something that is not my preferred genre. I would have really liked if we'd seen more of the Brooklyn Mercer case and how it tied in with the other cold cases. Also, what happened to perp in the end? There was no clarity on that either. Everything and everyone here is just a little TOO perfect for my liking. The only good parts in this book were where I read about the actual case that drew me to this book - The Vanishing of Brooklyn Mercer. As great as The Butterfly Garden was, the rest of the series just tanked in comparison. Thank you Netgalley, Dot Hutchinson and Thomas & Mercer for an arc.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Diane Perry

    I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. This is the 4th book in the series, and I recommend starting from the beginning if you haven't read any yet. Eliza became a character full of depth and compassion. The growth among the characters seen in this book is incredibly written. Eliza receives a case of a missing girl, but details sound all too familiar. Heartbreaking and powerful.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Elaine Tomasso

    I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of The Vanishing Season, the fourth novel in The Collector series to feature the FBI’s Quantico based Crimes Against Children team. When eight year old Brooklyn Mercer goes missing from a “safe” neighbourhood in Richmond the team are sent in to find her. Team leader Brandon Eddison is almost immediately relegated to support work because not only is it the same time of year as when his eight year old sister Faith disappear I would like to thank Netgalley and Thomas & Mercer for an advance copy of The Vanishing Season, the fourth novel in The Collector series to feature the FBI’s Quantico based Crimes Against Children team. When eight year old Brooklyn Mercer goes missing from a “safe” neighbourhood in Richmond the team are sent in to find her. Team leader Brandon Eddison is almost immediately relegated to support work because not only is it the same time of year as when his eight year old sister Faith disappeared twenty odd years ago, Brooklyn bears a startling resemblance to her. I thoroughly enjoyed The Vanishing Season which takes a different approach to the previous novels, being more low key on the crime and placing more emphasis on the personal. It is narrated in the first person by CAC team member Eliza Sterling who is also Bran’s girlfriend (can I say that or should I say significant other? Partner doesn’t seem right when they don’t live together. Obviously I’ve been reading too many American novels to get tied up in this!) so the reader gets a more up close and personal account of his emotional vulnerability. I must admit to crying at some of the descriptions. The crime element is slim, relying on certain coincidences, and is quickly solved. The motive has been done before in fiction so it’s neither surprising or particularly imaginative. This is a surprise as the author has tended to rely on shocking, outlandish scenarios in previous novels. Instead it concentrates on the effects of crime on the ones left behind. Bran and his family’s grief and unknowing of Faith’s fate are a powerful painting. The guilt and what ifs of friends and family strike a human chord and seem so natural. The how did I not know from the perpetrator’s family is an unanswerable question. The ramifications go on and on. It’s all done naturally throughout the novel. It had me hooked from start to finish. Despite the subject matter this is a warm novel. The closeness of the team and their friends give the novel its warmth and feel good factor. There are running jokes and friendly banter, maybe a little subdued given Bran’s angst but it’s still there. I like them for this and would gladly read more in the series but there are a lot of loose ends tied up in this novel and I wonder if it will remain a quartet or strike out in a new direction. The Vanishing Season is a good read which I have no hesitation in recommending.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Kristen Dutkiewicz

    I have become such a fan of Dot Hutchison, and her Collector series is one I would recommend to any avid reader such as myself! I was pleasantly surprised when I learned her previous book, the Summer Children was not the final edition for a trilogy, and that she would be releasing this fourth book! Butterfly Garden will always be my favorite (it will be hard to top, Dot!) but this book gave a solid effort. Main agent Eliza Sterling is on the case of a recently abducted young girl... a girl who jus I have become such a fan of Dot Hutchison, and her Collector series is one I would recommend to any avid reader such as myself! I was pleasantly surprised when I learned her previous book, the Summer Children was not the final edition for a trilogy, and that she would be releasing this fourth book! Butterfly Garden will always be my favorite (it will be hard to top, Dot!) but this book gave a solid effort. Main agent Eliza Sterling is on the case of a recently abducted young girl... a girl who just happens to look just like fellow agent Brandon Eddison’s younger sister who was abducted years ago. Is there a connection? And can Eliza find her before it’s too late? Good character development and any loose ends from the series were very neatly tied up. Some sweet moments, but I just was expecting a bit more action. Thank you to NetGalley for this advanced reader copy in exchange for an honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Stephanie Renner

    Same issues in the writing as the last one. Everyone is just giggling and blushing. Each character has their one annoying thing that this author likes to just beat to death. Bran like his coffee super strong, you can reference his “jet fuel” on 87 pages. Cass- is constantly giggling and “sneeze laughing” or snorting because she’s just a small kitten. Watts is throwing protein bars around like Oprah every chapter. Why do we have so much focus on the main “blonde beautiful” character and Brans rela Same issues in the writing as the last one. Everyone is just giggling and blushing. Each character has their one annoying thing that this author likes to just beat to death. Bran like his coffee super strong, you can reference his “jet fuel” on 87 pages. Cass- is constantly giggling and “sneeze laughing” or snorting because she’s just a small kitten. Watts is throwing protein bars around like Oprah every chapter. Why do we have so much focus on the main “blonde beautiful” character and Brans relationship instead of an actual case? Like what even happened to the killer in the end?? This author has good ideas for a novel but isn’t executing an actual mystery or thriller by putting rainbows on everything. Just read the Butterfly Garden and skip the rest.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ken Fredette

    What can I say after finishing the 4th book by Dot Hutchison and having all the characters to myself forever, I feel happy and yet sad to say that they are now gone. But in the end it's pretty nice that Eliza and Brandon Eddison tied the knot and were expecting a baby girl. What ensued was a case of a small girl (8 years old) that was kidnapped by an aggrieved father that had lost his daughter to leukemia when she was 8 years old. It takes many people to put together this case and resolve it to What can I say after finishing the 4th book by Dot Hutchison and having all the characters to myself forever, I feel happy and yet sad to say that they are now gone. But in the end it's pretty nice that Eliza and Brandon Eddison tied the knot and were expecting a baby girl. What ensued was a case of a small girl (8 years old) that was kidnapped by an aggrieved father that had lost his daughter to leukemia when she was 8 years old. It takes many people to put together this case and resolve it to find the girl in question, but you need to read this book to find out how hard it was to catch him. I gave it 5 stars out of 5. I like Hutchison's prose and her ribbing throughout the story.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Diane Merritt

    Wow another great one from this author!! Love this series... always keeping you on your toes and totally invested in the book. Hope this isn't the last of them. Can't wait for more from this author. Thanks to netgalley and the publisher for an ARC of this book

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