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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-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

About the Author

Michael Robb Mathias has made a name writing epic fantasy under the pen name M. R. Mathias. Amazon, and Barnes & Noble Bestselling novels and ebooks such as: The Sword and the Dragon & The Royal Dragoneers have taken on a life of their own as masterworks in the fantasy genre.

Michael's newest release, The Butcher's Boy, is not a fantasy. It is a terrifying Haunted House/Murder-Mystery/Chiller. In order to maintain a distance from the YA fans of his popular Dragoneers Saga, this frightening tale has been released under the pen name: Michael Robb

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  • File Size: 1594 KB
  • Print Length: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Robb Mathias Jr. (December 8, 2010)
  • Publication Date: December 8, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #60,929 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Irish TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 16, 2011
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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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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful By The Book Keeper on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Hollister on 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Joy2read on June 21, 2013
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I was getting tired of reading ghost stories that were written for young adults. This book is targeted towards mature and borders on being more in the horror genre. (which I like) I also loved that it featured ghosts, not demons. I also loved that the ghosts were angry and looking for some sweet revenge. Don't think this book is for the faint hearted. If you like horror I highly recommend this book. Thanks Michael!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By michael on July 14, 2012
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This was quite an interesting Horror story, from an author who has written a chain of epic fantasy books. It starts out in a court room where William Buxly is on trial for killing his whole family, found guilty, he gets the death penalty. Many years later a lady called Janet buys the Buxly house for herself and her son Michael, totally unaware of the horrors of the killings that once happened within the house. It doesn't take long for the ghosts inside to make themselves known, first through sounds, then strange experiences. With a thrust of enthusiasm, Michael and his babysitter Maggie delve into the world of séances and Ouija boards to try and make contact with the dead son of William, known as Billy.

I found that Mathias' way of writing in suspense existed in this book just as much as in his other books, it's a style that I really like, jumping from one dilemma to the next, keeping you wanting more and more, pulling you deeply into the story. Soon Michael and Maggie discover that Billy had never been killed, and that the ghost boy that they had been seeing was in fact the dead neighbour's boy called Tommy. Now knowing at least some of the truths of the past, Michael must find a way to keep the ghosts of the house in control, but more importantly to try and find out what happened to Billy Buxly.

You know, a while ago I started reading a Stephen King book and I got bored very quickly, but here with this horror book I loved it. I could easily imagine this book being made into a film that would leave young people around the world screaming at the horror and suspense parts of the story. If you're looking for a well-flowing horror book packed with the paranormal and with suspense, then this is definitely for you!!
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