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.
I can remember discovering this author when she first came out in the book world with Creep. Then it was Freak and now it is The Butcher. This author is "creeping" up there as one of my favorites in the murder genre. This book was dark, had plenty of gore, and bodies piling up fast which made for a fast read. Like finishing this book in a matter of several hours.
From the moment that I read the back cover and the summary of this story, I knew already who the killer was. I was right. So no surprises there. In fact, there were no real surprises other then Matt's girlfriend, Sam and the police did not know who the killer was. Even though all the clues were right in front of their face.
Warning: There is crude language used and descriptive writing of rape. So if you are easily offended by these things than don't read this book.