The Butcher

Posted November 9, 2014 by The Book & Alcohol Girls in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

by Jennifer Hillier
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Published by Gallery Books
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Jennifer Hillier
Gallery Books

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 grabs hold of you in the first chapter and never let’s go to the very end.

Edward Shank is a celebrated police chief credited with killing the infamous ‘Butcher’, a serial killer who terrorized the northwest for decades. Matt is grandson, a semi famous chef who is trying to make a name for him and escape his grandfather’s shadow. Sam is Matt’s girlfriend, a writer who is obsessed with serial killers. Sam is convinced that her mother was murdered by the ‘Butcher’. The only problem with her theory is that the butcher was killed years before her mother was murdered. What if Edward got the wrong man? How will her pursuit of the truth affect her relationship with Matt? How will it affect Matt’s relationship with his grandfather?

This book starts off with letting you in on most of the secrets. The suspense is in waiting for all the other characters to find out and how they will react. I feel like this was a genius move. Most of the time when I’m reading a mystery, I am busy trying to figure out who did it and how. It was more exciting feeling like you were in on the secret and wanting to shout the truth out! There were also enough twists and turns to still keep you on your toes and not being able to figure out the ending. It is a wild ride from page one but just wait until you get to the last thirty pages.
This story is very dark. Very, very dark and twisted and intense. I found myself literally shouting at times. The murder scenes are gruesome and haunting. I was literally holding my breath. The characters were believable and sympathetic. The killer is clearly a psychopath but somehow the author has us sympathizing with him. There is a lot of focus on how his actions affect everyone around him, not only his victims. Even though they are clueless, you ache for them knowing that everything they have ever thought was true is about to be shattered.

I honestly had not read any Ms. Hillier’s previous works and about two chapters in I had to look her up because I feel the need to read the rest of her work. ASAP!

I would definitely recommend a strong bourbon or whiskey drink for this book. It is dark and smooth and very strong. I would go with Jameson but that may just be the Irish girl in me.

Five stars and Jameson on the rocks. Enjoy!

This ARC was generously provided in exchange for an honest review

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