Sunday, July 19, 2015

Book Review: The Botanist by L.K. Hill

7:16 PM

Title: The Botanist

Author: L.K. Hill
Release date: March 31st 2015
Pages: 475
Genres: Adult fiction, Crime, Mystery/Thriller
Publisher: Jolly Fish Press
My rating: 5/ 5
Source: E-Arc provided by author


In the heat of the desert, Detective Cody Oliver inadvertently stumbles upon a strange garden adorned with exotic flowers. Upon closer inspection, he finds the garden is but a cover for the scores of bodies buried below. Soon, the small town of Mt. Dessicate plunges into chaos as journalists, reporters, and cameramen from across the nation descend upon the tiny, desert town to get a piece of the action.

Along with the media, a mysterious woman appears. She may be the only person who has come face to face with the killer, dubbed the Botanist, and lived to tell the tale. If Cody can't piece together a timeline of the land the crime scene is located on, decipher how the woman's mysterious past is connected to the killer, and bring the Botanist to justice, he may lose the people he values most.


It's been quite a while since I've read any adult fiction books. Especially mystery/thriller books. And frankly, my desire to read that specific genre has significantly diminished for some reason. It's not that I'm indifferent towards it because I actually really enjoy it. It's just that I've kind of forgotten about it, I guess. 

Upon reading the synopsis for The Botanist, my first thoughts were something along the lines of "This sounds so creepy. I like it.". So I decided to give it a shot. I was so pleasantly surprised by this book. And I know I say this often, but it is not meant to be taken lightly. I basically loved this book. 

The level of enthrallment that that first chapter held is honestly beyond me. The weird and eerie descriptions found all throughout this book are enough to keep you on your toes. That and the creepiest murderer you'll ever know. I'm still not sure if this was based of something that happened in real life, but whatever the case, L.K. Hill created a fascinating yet repulsive character that you just want to know more of. And also at incorporating the "botanical" aspect from the title. 

When you read this book you can tell that there was a lot of thought put into. I'm talking lots of hard-work and research in order to create this amazingly written story with uniquely articulated characters. I felt like Cody and Alex were actual people that I somehow knew. I loved Alex's wit and Cody's determination. Not to mention many of the secondary characters. 

The great thing about this book, and the number one indication of how good and intriguing is, is the fact that regardless of its hefty length, it went by surprisingly fast. It was perfectly paced. There's just no other way to put it. It wasn't too dragged out, there were no information dumps not was it too rushed. And when you combine that with the fluid and lively writing, the result is none other than a brilliant book.


  1. THIS BOOK LOOKS AMAZING! Great review and thanks for bring this book to my attention! Where did you get the e-arc? Did you request the author or netgalley?

  2. This sounds SO GOOD. I really want to read it


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