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Thursday, February 11, 2021

Review: The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier

The Butcher 
by Jennifer Hillier
Narrated by Dan John Miller

Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Publish Date: January 1, 2014
9 hrs 33 mins
Genre: Thriller

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.

My Review:

Dark, twisted, somewhat comical at times and all the macabre, gruesomely goodness we love.  When a read starts with a reveal that makes you say out loud, "Well, that's not gonna be good for anyone" (or a more chocolate mouth filled expletive).. you know you're hooked.

As always, Hillier brings us a compelling, addictive read that keeps you guessing.  And I take back what I said about her earlier works not being as dark - color me all the shades of wrong because I now present to you: THE BUTCHER.  Most avid thriller/horror lovers have a soft spot and love for true crime so when you bring in a fictional story revolving around an infamous serial killer (not to mention a character who is a true crim writers)... well, best of all the creepy worlds colliding that we love (and our partners are scared of).

If you're ever in a spot and unsure of what to pick up next, can I kindle recommend anything by Hillier? Come on in, y'all... the blood is still warm. 


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