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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books (July 15, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476734216
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476734217
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 5.4 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #41,514 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hillier’s prose is unadorned, but, as she ably proved in her debut (Creep, 2011), she has a fine knack for creating hideous killers. This time she turns the formula whodunit on its head. The prologue sets the scene: in 1985, the Beacon Hill Butcher, whose signature was to remove the left hand of his young female victims, was shot to death by police under the command of Captain Edward Shank. The incident made Shank a hero and propelled him into a lengthy term as chief of police. Skip ahead 30 years. Shank, now a dapper, alert 80, still lauded for his role in the Butcher case, is about to move to a retirement home. He’s anxious, yet almost gleeful, about starting a new chapter in his life—which he begins by killing his wife. For years “Chief” has fooled everyone, including his son, Matt, and Matt’s girlfriend, Sam, who is convinced there’s more to know about the Butcher. As it turns out, the coldly rational, sadistic Shank has plans for his new life that are apt to prove Sam right. A tense, suspenseful, thoroughly creepy thriller. --Stephanie Zvirin

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"Hillier has a fine knack for creating hideous killers. A tense, suspenseful, thoroughly creepy thriller." -- Booklist

"A thrill ride that will have your attention from start to finish!" -- Suspense Magazine

"The Butcher is a clever, twisted thriller about genetics, faith, and death. The greatest thing about [the book] is its uncanny ability to trump the narrative conventions of the conventional serial killer novel over and over again. Hillier's prose remains fast paced and immensely readable as her content becomes quirkier and more cerebral with every novel." -- Dead End Follies

“Hillier's third thriller fairly shudders with tension. [She] sends her reader into a labyrinth of creepy twists and grotesque turns…The secrets of the past refuse to keep quiet in this disquieting, taut thriller.” (Kirkus)

 “As she ably proved in her debut (Creep, 2011), [Hillier] has a fine knack for creating hideous killers. This time she turns the formula whodunit on its head… A tense, suspenseful, thoroughly creepy thriller.” (Booklist)

"Hillier writes beautifully horrific stories… Readers will be immersed until the final page, thanks to the velocity at which this unique thriller is told.” (RT Reviews (Top Pick))

"Once I got started I couldn’t stop reading, and I confess to having sweaty palms a few times. A thrill ride that will have your attention from start to finish! This one is 4.5 stars." (Suspense Magazine)

"[A] rapid-fire thriller of dark, unsettling proportions with some very surprising twists. With the turn of each new page, the suspenseful plot is tense and gripping...a skillfully penned tale of murder and cover-up that will keep readers enthralled until the powerful finish. Thriller fans should not miss The Butcher! (Fresh Fiction)

“Replete with plot twists and surprises, The Butcher is an engrossing tale that piques the reader’s interest immediately and then holds on to it like an angry pitbull.” (NJ Journal of Books)

"The Butcher is a clever, twisted thriller about genetics, faith, and death . . . The greatest thing about The Butcher is its uncanny ability to trump the narrative conventions of the conventional serial killer novel over and over again . .  Jennifer Hillier's prose remains fast paced and immensely readable as her content becomes quirkier and more cerebral with every novel." (Dead End Follies)

More About the Author

Jennifer Hillier is a full-time novelist who writes about dark, twisted people who do dark, twisted things. If you ask her why she writes such dark stuff, she'll stare at you blankly because she still hasn't figured out a clever way to answer that question.

Born and raised in Toronto and a proud Canadian, she spent five years living in Seattle, which is where she wrote her first novel. She currently splits her time between Toronto and Seattle, and is slightly ashamed to admit that she's way more of a Seahawks fan than a Leafs fan . . . which, she suspects, makes her a bad Canadian.

She loves her husband, her cat Kobe, and Stephen King. Not equally, but close. She's the author of the psychological thrillers CREEP (2011), FREAK (2012), and THE BUTCHER (2014), all published by Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster. Her agent is Victoria Skurnick of the Levine Greenberg Literary Agency in New York.

She blogs about writing, publishing, and life in general at SerialKillerFiles.com. Check out her official website at JenniferHiillier.org

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lisa Prodorutti on July 15, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I have been a fan of Hillier's work since her debut, Creep. Her second book, Freak was just exquisite. A walk-off. I was very, very, very excited for her third novel to come out, even though it is a stand-alone and not part of the Creep/Freak series. Well, to say I was excited is a bit of an understatement. I loved Freak so much, I was practically salivating for The Butcher. I was not disappointed. If Freak was a walk-off, then The Butcher is a walk-off in extra innings of Game 7 of the World Series with 2 outs and a full count. Seriously. It is that good. This book had me in its clutches from the very first page. I didn't sleep for 48 hours because I just had to know what was going to happen next. This is one of those books that makes you lie to your family about not feeling well so you can sit undisturbed in the bathroom for as long as it takes to finish it. As always, the writing is just impeccable. Hillier's signature wit is there too which gives the book some unexpected levity. Again, this is just one of the many things that makes her so darn good. For me though, what made this book so utterly fascinating and wonderful was that essentially, you know from the outset who the bad guy is--that's the premise--and it is still captivating and utterly riveting. You might think, "well if I know who did it right off the bat, why the heck should I keep reading?" Oh, you'll want to keep reading. Hillier tells you who but you have to keep reading to find out why and how he has gotten away with it for so long and how the heck he is going to be stopped--and all the other little nuggets you'll finding yourself asking about as you read. She parses out just enough information chapter by chapter to keep up the gasp factor.

Her characters are incredibly well-drawn and complex.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By DebKrenzer on July 16, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book free from Net Galley in exchange for an honest review.

Wow, you would think that knowing the serial killer's identity at the beginning of a book would be a complete let down with no thrills or suspense. That was definitely not the case in The Butcher.

My pulse was racing from the very beginning and lasted through to the end.

The Chief of Police, the serial killer, has been killing for many years. He was even commended for capturing The Butcher many years ago and given the job of Chief for it. A very carefully orchestrated plan ensued for many years. The plot twists and surprises keep you wondering "what next". No one could see most of the turns that this book takes. I highly recommend it!!!! Read it in one day, it was that GOOD!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ann Bresnan on July 16, 2014
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​The Butcher by Ms Hillier is a page turning thriller. I enjoyed Ms Hillier's writing. It felt like I really knew her characters. You're appalled by what you are reading but you need to keep turning the pages to see what happens next. I definitely will be reading more by this author. I was given a copy for reviewing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Autumn Nauling on July 19, 2014
Format: Kindle Edition
I received this book via NetGalley to give an honest review.

This is one of those books that you just can not believe that the serial killer is someone with power. Though you find out early on who it is.
I normally like to be guessing until the very very end who the killer is or was, and when I know early on it normally drops my rating down on the book.

But with The Butcher, to me it is a solid 5 star rating. Being as the way The Butcher is connected to the other characters within the story and they have no clue until something is unearthed in the backyard. With this damaging evidence that could bring the serial killer to justice the person who finds it doesn't quite believe his eyes.

We start the book off with a murder occurring which has you already wondering where is this exactly going to go.
Then we start meeting the characters Matt who is very strong willed and wants to be successful at his restaurant. His girlfriend Sam who writes crime novels, and her latest writing will be about The Butcher who was killed when found by the police. And the Chief who is Matt's grandfather and the person who took down the famous serial killer The Butcher.

Matt and Sam have a weird relationship they are together but once Matt gets his grandfather's house he starts distancing himself from her. Sam who believes that The Butcher is still alive being as he killed her mother goes on a quest to get answers.
When Matt finds out the dark truth hidden in the house that he lives in, he lets it get to him. And when that happens his does the unthinkable thing and ends up calling his grandfather for help.

Now Sam gets the police involved with opening up the case again and the police of course ask the Chief for his advice on things.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Dii TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 15, 2014
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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.
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