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The Butcher's Boy [Kindle Edition]

Michael Robb Mathias
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Book Description

This title has just been announced as finalist in the 2011 Readers Favorite Awards in the "Fiction - Horror" category. Winners announced 9/1/2011

The Butcher's Boy
A Paranormal/Murder-Mystery/Chiller

Thirty-one years ago, Buxly the Butcher went to trial for killing his entire family. Now Janet, a newly divorced nurse, has unknowingly purchased the place where it all took place.

What happens when her eleven year old son and their overprotective Rottweiler learn that the place is haunted by the victims of that grizzly act? Can young Michael fight through the madness and terror to figure out what really happened so long ago? If he does, maybe the tormented souls can be put to rest. If he fails, he just might become one of them. With only the help of his babysitter, a burned out house painter, and his dog, Lucy Fur, Michael is about to try. The problem is, not everyone is who they seem, even the dead.

***Content Warning: This is NOT the over-gory sort of thrasher-horror novel, but it does touch on some unsettling subject matter and should not be read by the squeamish, the easily offended, or children under the age of 18.


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This book is not your typical horror story. The author's work can be compared to Stephen King and Dean Koontz. Like their books, this plot takes you to unexpected places. There are twists and turns that keep the reader guessing: ghosts slipping in and out of bodies both living and dead, shadows and bumps in the night are the least of the main characters' worries in this book. Fans of horror will not want to miss this creepy story. -- Readers Favorite 2011 International Book Award Contest Review

The Butcher's Boy is not a book of immediate horror and gore, but a slow building up of the terror. However, it isn't your classic scary home ghost novel. Twists in the story pleasantly surprised. Overall, its excellent. --Michelle Goodreads Review

Keeps you on the edge of your seat. Possession, murder, kidnapping, and redemption...well thought out plot that builds to a crescendo. I highly recommend this. Full Review: books-treasureortrash.com --Books-Treasure or Trash

The novel is a suspenseful page-turner with well-developed characters. Even Lucy the Rottweiler is a round character. The specters, too, have solid personalities... renders them even scarier. 4 of 5 stars. --ForeWord Magazine

From the Author

The Bucther's Boy was recently announced as a 2011 Readers Favorite Novel Contest Finalist for Horror Fiction (Winners announced Sept.1 2011) -see their review below-

Product Details

  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456536850
  • Publisher: Michael Robb Mathias Jr. (December 8, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FPYWKU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #334,953 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining To a Point July 16, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I would have given this book three and a half stars but I rounded it up to four. It's obvious from Butcher's Boy, that this author has a vivid imagination and talent for writing a gripping novel. The first half of this book does not justly prepare you for what is to come in the second half. The first half is filled with a tantalizing amount of spookiness: a ghostly piano playing in the distance, unexpected chills experienced by the characters who just moved in to an old house, their dog Lucy acting strange for no reason, a crazy old woman who lives next door that relentlessly searches for her missing son (who went missing 30 years ago). This was good stuff, and very readable.

Michael is the son of Janet Hale, they get a great deal on an old house and move in right away. Things seem a little off in the old house. It already had a couple of bums who practically came with the house, but live in the nearby Hope House, a place where addicts can recover and get their lives back on track. Janet hires Oliver, an ex-meth addict who seems very sweet and lets him stay in their garage apartment while he helps them work on the house.

Michael, who is visited by a spirit, learns of the grisly murders that happened in the house years ago. With the help of his babysitter, they get a Ouija board and try to contact the spirits of the dead.

This goes along very well and is a page turner. It's written tensely with a lot of creepy chills.

All of a sudden the book takes a dastardly turn and personally, I was not prepared for the horrific crimes, rapes, and murders that take place. The first half of the book certainly had me hooked, but then some of the rape scenes had me skimming. The book took a shocking turn.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a little something.. March 6, 2013
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When I read the premise behind the story for this it sounded pretty decent. I downloaded this nearly a year ago without realizing I had gone to high school with the author. Once discovered I started to read it with as much of an unbiased mind as I could and really would have liked to have given it 5 stars, however, there were certain things I just didn't care for.

First off his editor did a fair job but not really a good job. Just checking for grammar doesn't cut it when the spelling of adjectives turn something into a noun. Grizzly instead of grisly is just one instance. "While she still had a grunion of control..." Am I the only one that knows a grunion is a fish? Maybe "modicum" would have been a better choice. At one point the author is writing about a victim referring to her as Slurpy Cindy and the very next page all of the sudden she is Lucy. Lucy is the dog right?

The story itself started off very slowly without a lot to draw one in, to the point that it took several tries over the last year for me to keep reading once I started. I will admit, even though this reminded me of some of the books from when my daughter was young (aside from the more descriptive gore) once I got further into the story it held my attention until I finished it. The storyline had decent twists and turns that helped keep the story moving along but some of it was predictable at best.

I was a disappointed that it didn't take long to figure out who "Billy" was and yes I realize it was billed as a paranormal thriller, I still would have loved to have gotten to the end and been shocked instead of seeing it all coming before I got to it. While the end fate of Billy was not completely predictable it was unrealistic and well just bizarre.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want to put it down! July 6, 2011
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You know from the beginning that ghosts haunt Janet's new house. You may, like me, identify the killer early in the book. But you won't expect the frightening, twisty path the author takes you on in this mystery/horror/thriller.

I'm always a little amazed at myself when an author makes his characters so real, I empathize with them. I loved Michael, liked Janet and Howell, loathed the villains, and sympathized enormously with one caught in between, Oliver, a flawed individual trying to turn his life around against the odds. The ghosts were a surprise because, in the end, they did not act as I expected them to.

The author pulls no punches in excellent scenes so descriptive you can almost feel the victims' terror and pain. Not that it's a blood bath, there is terrible violence but also horror built as much on suspense as on the portrayal of brutality. Simple events like a thunder storm were so graphic, I felt the electricity in the air.

The farther I got into The Butcher's Boy, the harder it was to put down at the end of the day. You'll want to read it carefully, because the smallest details turn out to be clues. Very cleverly done. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying October 6, 2012
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After reading all of the positive reviews I took a chance on this book and wow is it a nailbiter. Once you pick up this book you simply won't be able to put it down. The story is always moving, always changing, and you never know what is going to happen next. All of the characters are so completely believable and complex that you can really relate to them. I loved the subject matter and the overall feel of the book, just a warning: this thing is terrifying. If you are a fan of thrillers or into the paranormal you really don't want to miss this one.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Really enjoyed it. Well written.
Published 1 month ago by Barbara W.
3.0 out of 5 stars Not edge of your seat horror
I really enjoy a good horror story. Alas, every story I read gets compared to King's work and as a result they seem to pale. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Scrib
3.0 out of 5 stars A pretty good ghost story
I picked this one up on Audible thru Kindle Unlimited. There was a lot going on in this one and at times it was a bit hard to follow the different characters (mostly the spirits). Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bill
5.0 out of 5 stars Accidental find!
This book was an accidental download, but I am grateful for it. I can never turn my nose up at a book, intentional or not. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mrs.Coffey
4.0 out of 5 stars Sneaky!
Pretty solid writing, definitely scary moments in this book. There are twists you won't see coming, but you may need a chart to keep up with all the characters!
Published 3 months ago by Michelle H. Powell
5.0 out of 5 stars Good
this book was pretty good. I don't read these types of books, but this was rather interesting. I will recommend this book to anyone who likes excitement, thrills & spirits all in... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and a page turning book.
this book is very fast paced and drags you into it. you want to know what else is going to happen. very imaginative and unbelievable. little to detailed and sexually violent. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kindle Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspension of belief is mandatory at the end of the story, but a good...
I was all excited to read this based on the stellar reviews. For the most part, I loved the story. Well developed characters that I could relate to, and my favorite character was... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Kim Cintron
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I really liked it and the characters, but I actually had figured out whodunit pretty early on, still a good read!
Published 3 months ago by Jody Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy-Mad-Greatness!
So this is the first book I have read in over 6 years. I picked this book because of the elements it offered. Ghosts, murder, and suspense! It had me from the beginning to the end. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ally Cat
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