Book Review: The Butcher by: Jennifer Hillier

Publisher: Gallery Books

Publication Date: July 15, 2014

Origins:  From Publisher for Review

Synopsis: 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: In 1985 the people of Seattle could breathe easier once again as Rufus Wedge, the “Beacon Hill Butcher”, was hunted down and taken out by police chief Edward Shank and his team. Deciding it’s time to move to a retirement home, Edward gives his beloved home to his grandson, Matt, a rising star in the culinary world. Matt’s girlfriend, Samantha, had a rough childhood after her mother was murdered. Sam has always believed the Butcher killed her mother, even though there was no evidence to corroborate this gut feeling. When Matt moves into his grandfather’s home, he starts some renovations and the contractors find an old crate, discolored from being buried for so long. Giving into his curiosity, Matt opens the crate and discovers just one of the many dark family secrets which are his legacy. Will Matt continue this legacy or choose a different path? Meanwhile, as Sam digs deeper into the Butcher for her book, will she find herself in the crosshairs of a devious and dangerous killer? THE BUTCHER is a tale of serial murder, sociopathy, and family secrets. I was pleased with how the author handled the uncovering of The Butcher’s true identity, which gave the book an unusual flair. I loved Sam and her passion for the truth behind her mother’s murder. Deliciously depraved and tantalizingly twisted, THE BUTCHER will appeal to fans of dark horror.

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