Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier

By Carrie Anne

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 restaraunteur, 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. (from Amazon descriptions)

I hesitated even sharing this much of the story with you.  I hadn't read the description, but loved the cover and its quote from Jeffery Deaver "Top-of-the-line thriller writing."  Within fifteen minutes, I had hit the first twist of the book, and I was hooked. A dark story, but fast read, I sat in one evening and read it start to finish.  By the next day, I had loaned it to a friend.

Not a whodunit, it's more of a 'wonder how this will turn out' kind of story.  But I wondered until the very end!  If you're looking for a great summer read, this may be the one.

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