Friday, June 13, 2014

The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier

The Butcher
by Jennifer Hillier

My rating: 4 stars

Publication Date: July 15, 2014
Publisher: Gallery Books
ISBN: 9781476734217
Genre: Adult Mystery/Thriller
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


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 ButcherMy Review
The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier
My Rating: 4 Stars 

Decades before, a hero was born when the serial killer known as The Butcher was captured and brought down by Seattle police officer Edward Shank, ending the reign of gruesome terror for this villain. Branded a hero and rising to the level of Police Chief, Edward was a living legend with enough clout to make things happen for those around him. Even his brilliant, but self-centered, grandson, Matt, an accomplished chef owes part of his thriving restaurant and food catering success to The Chief. When three freak incidents occur, doubts arise that The Butcher is truly gone. New victims are showing up, old victims, never before tied to the vile Butcher because they happened after his death, may be more than copy cat crimes. Who is the Butcher, really and who would believe who the clues point to? Is it possible that the taste for gruesome murder and violence is in the blood? Will one mistake cost Matt what he treasures most in this world? Will Matt’s former girlfriend finally find out what happened to her mother?

Talk about a mystery thriller that keeps your head spinning and your nerves taut. The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier is dark, gritty, raw. From the gruesome, bloody and perverted torture/murder scenes to the cool, calculating madness of The Butcher, this is one ride down a dark alley that will leave you looking over your shoulders as you go long for the ride. Ms. Hillier writes with the strong hand, crisp and forthright with bold strokes that will hold you prisoner to each and every page. A true Mystery/Thriller, The Butcher runs at a perfect pace as we find out who-dun-it and how will he be stopped.

Are you good with feeling the gore, smelling the fear and lingering in the dark with a murderer? Take a walk on the dark side with The Butcher, if you dare.

I received an ARC edition from Gallery Books in exchange for my honest review.

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