The Butcher

The Butcher 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 Now some thirty years later Shank reti

  • Title: The Butcher
  • Author: Jennifer Hillier
  • ISBN: 9781476734217
  • Page: 380
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 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 renovationsA 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.

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    About "Jennifer Hillier"

    1. Jennifer Hillier

      Jennifer Hillier writes about dark, twisted people who do dark, twisted things Born and raised in Toronto and a proud Canadian, she spent eight years in the Seattle area, which is where all her books are set.She loves her son, her husband, the Seahawks, and Stephen King Not equally, but close She s the author of five novels Her newest psychological suspense, JAR OF HEARTS, is coming June 12, 2018 from Minotaur Books Learn about her at jenniferhillier.

    833 thoughts on “The Butcher”

    1. On the one hand, I could give this book a scathing review, clap my hands together and walk away; on the other, I could do a bit more analysis, delve a bit deeper than its rusty surface, and throw in a few psychobabble terms for my handful of diligent readers out there. Let’s see, I think we’ll go with Option B, Alex, and let’s make it for $600, just to make things interesting. And…here…we…go.More than a few reviewers have been less than generous, and if I could offer up a deduction, [...]


    2. A Thriller Without the Thrills - 2 StarsWhen a book holds itself out to be a thriller, especially one that involves a notable serial killer, I expect there to be some suspense. I can tell you right now who the killer in this book was. It wouldn’t be a spoiler. Read the first chapter and you will know within two minutes. In fairness to the author, I believe she was trying to be bold and take a different approach to the often formulaic telling of crime thriller. Sometimes an author steps out of [...]


    3. Coincidence upon coincidence upon coincidence. Did I mention that the book is chock full of coincidences?My bullshitometer was off the charts with this one. Full review to come.


    4. I received a copy of this book thanks to the publisher and NetGalley in return for an honest review.You have got to love a good serial killer book right? Well I do anyway, this one was a bit different to a lot I have read and I really enjoyed every single word, it was a fast read for me as it grabbed me from page one to the last full stop. The Butcher is an aptly named serial killer due to his MO with his killing spree, he most certainly is not a likeable character. This book brings the criminal [...]


    5. Let the eye rolling begin This was just bad, plain bad. I have read Hillier before and quite enjoyed them. But this was a train wreck. I don't know why I stayed with it so long. I got to about 3/4th's of the way in and NOPE!


    6. WOW!!! The Butcher by Jennifer Hillier is quite a story. I feel like it's been such a long time since reading about a sociopathic serial killer as heinous as the Butcher.During the 80s, a killer named The Butcher wreaked havoc on Seattle. Many women were afraid to be outside after dark, choosing not to risk the chances of being raped, killed, and missing a left hand. "The Butcher" was eventually caught and killed by the police. Life goes on and eventually the murders stop or have they?Before I g [...]


    7. Jennifer Hillier’s THE BUTCHER, is by far the evilest suspense psychological thriller—hooking you from the front cover, keeping you entranced until the last word. You then look up and say, “Wow, what just happened here?” No, he didn't. This is one twisted and sick guy . . . OMG!• Front Cover: Stunning-drawing you into this intriguing, sick, twisted, psychological mind• Publisher’s summary: Right on—a book I want to read!• The Story: THE BUTCHER was totally epic in every way. Wh [...]



    8. This review is for the audiobook of “The Butcher” by Jennifer Hillier, read by Dan John Miller, published by RecordedBooks.Audio: 3 starsDan John Miller is the first American narrator I’ve heard since starting on audio books. I hope that this doesn’t speak for the rest of the American narrators I will explore. Although Dan John Miller is expressive and clear, his characterization could use some work (especially for the female roles). Although Chief/Edward was performed very well, it woul [...]


    9. The book centres on Edward Shank, a retired Seattle police chief, now at the mercy of his health and struggling with his transition into residence at a seniors home. Widely acclaimed for halting the career of serial killer The Butcher 30 years previously, Shank is a highly respected figure, and a man who still affords a great deal of respect in Seattle society. Having passed the ownership of his home to his grandson Matt- an up and coming chef on the cusp of TV celebrity status- we see Shank adj [...]


    10. This was by far one of the best thrillers I've ever read. It was so bone-chilling I could actually feel the killer slicing into his victims, and you can bet I looked around more than once thinking I heard something!The book's focus is mainly on the killings but also of the people directly related to the killer, of course they have no idea they are related to him, but this of course just added to the thrill of it all.I will say that I felt slightly disappointed that the author revealed the killer [...]


    11. KICKED MY ASS AROUND THE BLOCK AND BACK!THE BUTCHERBy Jennifer HillierAnyone that knows me has some idea about my obsession with Jennifer Hillier’s past thriller. In my humble opinion both FREAK and CREEP are the sleepers that ‘creep’ into the recesses of your mind and nestle there and fester way after you are finished reading them. Not a pretty description but appropriate.I cannot tell you how thrilled I was to receive an arc of her newest stand alone-sih thriller THE BUTCHER. The ‘ish [...]


    12. 4.0 StarsThe Butcher is a highly entertaining & addicting page-turner. This not a traditional mystery, but rather a psychological thriller, since the identity of the villain of the story is exposed in the first chapter. The story is a touch unbelievable with so many coincidences that will require reader to suspend their disbelief and just go along with the downward spiral of events.The villain was the most interesting and well developed character in this story. Vulgar and sociopathic, this [...]


    13. I wish to thank the author and the publisher, Simon & Schuster, for a free download of "The Butcher" by Jennifer Hillier via NetGalley.In 1985 police chief Edward Shank, tracked down and killed a serial killer nicknamed as the "Beacon Hill Butcher", a psychopath, who operated out of the Seattle area. Now thirty years later, Shank is retired, living in a retirement home, and gave his grandson, Matt, his Victorian house.Matt, a young chef and restaurateur, while making renovations to the house [...]


    14. This would be a straight to Red Box movie starring Ian Ziering as Matt and a Clint Eastwood wannabe as The Butcher. Very "As The World Turns" with its clunky plotting and sleazy character development! I feel like taking a long shower to wash the story away with it's disturbing imagery. Take care y'all!


    15. I just love discovering a new mystery/thriller author and Jennifer Hillier is the one! I now must read "Creep" and "Freak" after thoroughly enjoying "The Butcher".The author creates a monster, The Butcher, and although we know the identity of this horrific villain at the beginning of the story, this doesn't take away from the shocking and spine-tingling gruesome events that follow.A wonderful cast of characters and a truly unpredictable plot make "The Butcher" a top-notch psychological thriller [...]


    16. Where's the suspense in know the killer at the very beginning. It started out interesting but then I got bored and lost interest. Especially when I knew what the outcome was going to be. Disappointing because I really liked this authors previous book.


    17. Sorry for the crude analogy, but this book climaxed before the foreplay. What book reveals the killer in chapter 2? Seriously! I was happily reading along, then BAM, here’s a video of the killer doing disturbing things to his victims. The remaining contents of the book teased along the characters in all-too-convenient plot points that lead to a predictable and ordinary conclusion. Shouldn’t we have been guided along by clues before the big reveal?Speaking of conveniences—wowzers. Where do [...]


    18. I'm ashamed to admit I had no expectations going into The Butcher. I'd never heard of Jennifer Hillier and while I was vaguely interested in the premise, the deciding factors in my reading the book were that it'd recently been made available to me via Netgalley and it wasn't historic fiction. An in-between read, it wasn't supposed to be a compulsive page turner nor was it supposed to completely overwhelm my imagination for the two days I spent reading it. It wasn't supposed to, but it did. Some [...]


    19. “The Butcher” by Jennifer Hillier, published by Gallery Books.Category – Mystery/Thriller Publication Date – July 15, 2014If you have read Jennifer Hillier’s first two books, “Creep” and “Freak” you know that you are in for a treat.Matt Shank is a very ambitious man, so ambitious that his three favorite things are his restaurant, the Seahawks, and his girlfriend. Yes, his girlfriend is number three on the list and he treats her as his third love. Matt’s grandfather was the Ch [...]


    20. This book was a mess.The characters are unlikeable,at best."Sam" is a mealy-mouthed dishrag,her reaction to one scene in this book is just criminal.The male characters are so creepy,and not in a good way,that I feel the reader has a hard time getting past it. It was also a little too "romancey",again in a creepy way, for me. Overall, I had a hard time finishing the book and I will be giving this author a skip in the future.


    21. Tremendously disturbing, psychologically profound, unstoppable, implacable, unforgettable. Jennifer Hillier is a first-rate author. I am changed by this book in profound and unexpected ways.



    22. Giving this a 3 star --- maybe 3.5 -- I first discovered Jennifer Hillier when I read Creep and then followed by Freak both of these books were a solid 4 star rating from me- ( If there were a 1/2 star rating - I most likely would have rated the both of them 4.5)This book was listed as a psychological thriller--- to me it was more of a 'drama' This book is a bit different- right off the bat we know who the Butcher is- so we know the who, the how and the why. So while reading this book - you are [...]


    23. (I got an ARC through NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review. Quotes liable to change upon publishing.)From now on, I'm going to maintain that this book was classified in the wrong genre.Let's be upfront: as a thriller, I'm giving it 2 stars, and that's being kind. It didn't keep me on the seat of my edge. It didn't give me, well, the thrills. The mystery wasn't so well-done, and rested upon a lot of coincidences, such as people stumbling upon others in the middle of a conversation. I see w [...]


    24. Sam and Matt have been together for three years, but Matt is still reluctant to move past the status quo. He is really busy with his new food truck, he’s about to star in a cooking show, and he has his grandfather’s house to renovate. Sam is a true crime writer that is obsessed with the “Beacon Hill Butcher” because she thinks he is the man that killed her mother. The problem with this theory is that “The Butcher” was already dead when her mother was murdered.Matt’s grandfather, th [...]


    25. An engaging psychological thriller and a fascinating glimpse of the human nature. The plot of this book is really quite unique. The mystery is revealed relatively right away but this book still manages to keep the reader guessing as to what is going to happen next, right up until the very end. It's a really unique way to set up a thriller, reminiscent of Gone Girl. Although the mystery of who "The Butcher" was is revealed at the beginning, the plot continues on focusing on some new murders and t [...]


    26. I read The Butcher last year but failed to post a review then, I remember I even knew what I wanted to write but shame on me, I didn't execute. For me, this was a disturbingly fantastic read, I was intrigued and utterly horrified from beginning to end with the butcher character, the whole cold case, and especially worried about Sam’s fate. Sam is the heroine of this story and it’s so scary how close she is to the butcher and to another murderous, psychotic, dangerous, so dangerous character [...]


    27. This was a darkly fun book to read! It's not really twisty or turny like the blurb may have you think, and people are being ruthless about this book. I'm guessing that may have to do with just how many things tie in together--it's so extremely unlikely you know it's a load of codswallop. Doesn't stop it from being fun though, I can tell you that. You know pretty much exactly what's going to happen the whole way through and because you're omnipresent with everything here, whenever a character fin [...]


    28. Lots of murder, rape, and suffering in this book. I think it was not a bad effort by the author, who is still new to writing I imagine. Predictable from the start and yet not a bad story line running through the book. I would have liked less predictability as a reader and a bit more mystery – there were too many clues from the author to the reader along the way. I am sure the author was worried the reader might feel robbed, but she gave plenty away without all the extra clues. This author need [...]


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