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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

{Book Review} The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier

The Butcher
by Jennifer Hillier
Publisher: Gallery Books
Released: July 15th 2014
Genre: Fiction- Adult: Mystery, Suspense
How I got it: Received a copy from the 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.

Review: This was an interesting concept. It kind of reminded me of the TV show Motive, they tell you who the killer is then you have to figure out their motivation for doing the killing. Only thing is the motive is he's a sociopath and that's all there is to it.
The main characters are Edward Shank a retired Chief of police labeled a hero for ending the rein of terror caused by the serial killer The Butcher. Shank is ailing caving to his age and health, he moved from his house to a retirement village. Leaving the house to his grandson Matt an up and coming chef and restauranteur. There is also Sam, Matt's girlfriend, she is an author writing about The Butcher whom she believes killed her mother after the so called Butcher was gunned down by Shank.
The plot weaves in and out of these characters lives, showing the reader how they are intertwined. The puzzle may have been done for us, but we have to figure out how all those pieces work together to make the picture. The gory details are defined and at times I cringed reading the atrocities The Butcher doled out. There are a few twists at the end that left my head spinning I have to admit. I have read Ms Hillier's other works and feel this one left them in the dust, she may have out done herself this time.

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