Sunday, July 13, 2014

Review- The Butcher, by Jennifer Hillier


The Butcher, by Jennifer Hillier
Release Date: Tuesday, July 15th!

Book Description:

"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."

Angie's Review:

 Wow, this was exciting!

The book starts with a punch and they just keep coming. You are introduced to Edward Shank and right from the beginning the author tells you that he's "The Butcher." That is not the surprise here, so no spoilers. Edward is a bad, bad man. He was chief of police for years and basically he framed a guy- a bad guy in his own right, but not the serial killer Edward was- for his crimes. He retired, and he left his house to his grandson, Matt, who is a successful restauranteur, and he is moving himself into a retirement home. 

Matt is a rising star in the food community and he's getting his own show on the Fresh Network. But all of his success is creating a rift between him and his girlfriend, Sam. He is becoming more distant, and is having trouble controlling his anger issues, and he's basically being a lousy boyfriend.
Sam, is struggling with her frustration with Matt and her burgeoning feelings for a long-time friend named Jason. She's also researching the Butcher case, because she believes her mother was one of his victims- after the supposed "real killer" had already died. She knows that most people won't believe her, but she is finding evidence that suggests that maybe Seattle PD got the wrong guy all those years ago.

Obviously, when Matt learns who his grandfather is, he is faced with a huge dilemma- turn the guy in or not? And as Sam is getting closer and closer to the truth, she is in more and more danger. Both from Edward, as we might expect, but also from Matt. It isn't clear if Matt is going to go the way Edward has, or if he's going to save his soul before he lets darkness overtake him. 

There are twists and turns along the way, and moments that made me actually gasp, so it is a pretty suspenseful read. Do be aware though, that the content could be disturbing for some- we are talking about a man who killed, tortured and raped women for decades. There are no graphic depictions of these acts, but plenty of references to them.

But if you want a book that will shock you and keep you flipping pages right to the end, then this is a good one. Five stars from me.

1 comment:

Anna (Bite Club) said...

I'm gonna have to add this one to my Kindle. I've totally been in a suspense mode lately, lots of crime drama and stuff so this fits right in. Excellent review:)