Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier

Publication: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
Source: Publisher

From the author of the acclaimed suspense novels Creep and Freak and whom Jeffery Deaver has praised as a "top of the line thriller writer," The Butcher is a high-octane novel about lethal secrets that refuse to die—until they kill again.

A rash of grisly serial murders plagued Seattle until the infamous "Beacon Hill Butcher" was finally hunted down and killed by police chief Edward Shank in 1985. Now, some thirty years later, Shank, retired and widowed, is giving up his large rambling Victorian house to his grandson Matt, whom he helped raise.

Settling back into his childhood home and doing some renovations in the backyard to make the house feel like his own, Matt, a young up-and-coming chef and restaurateur, stumbles upon a locked crate he’s never seen before. Curious, he picks the padlock and makes a discovery so gruesome it will forever haunt him… Faced with this deep dark family secret, Matt must decide whether to keep what he knows buried in the past, go to the police, or take matters into his own hands.

Meanwhile Matt’s girlfriend, Sam, has always suspected that her mother was murdered by the Beacon Hill Butcher—two years after the supposed Butcher was gunned down. As she pursues leads that will prove her right, Sam heads right into the path of Matt’s terrible secret.

A thriller with taut, fast-paced suspense, and twists around every corner, The Butcher will keep you guessing until the bitter, bloody end.

The Butcher was a very interesting read. It was pretty easy to guess who The Butcher actually was, but that doesn’t do anything to diminish the story-line: at least not to me.

Matt’s girlfriend, Sam believes that her mother was killed by the Butcher and that the Butcher is still alive. Things get further complicated after Matt moves into his grandfathers house. His Grandfather is retired Police Chief, Edward Shank…who shot and killed the alleged Butcher serial killer. Matt discovers something after he moves in. And that’s when things take a pretty interesting turn.

There are definitely a few twists and surprises that happened. I liked constantly guessing and questioning what was going to happen and not really knowing. The story started off strong and the pace was good. I always felt interested. This is the first time I have read anything written by Jennifer Hillier, but now I am curious about her other books. If this book is any judge, she really knows how to create twisted characters and attention grabbing plots.  

RATING: 4 out of 5.


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  1. I'm actually 100% intrigued! Thanks for bringing this to my attention.

  2. This sounds really interesting. I might have to pick it up. I always did love a deep, dark, family secrets mystery.