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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.

Editorial Reviews


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

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
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #112,643 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining To a Point 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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8 of 9 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 Finally, an adult ghost story 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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy-Mad-Greatness! July 6, 2014
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. I laughed out loud with certain characters. The way the author brought them to life in the book. The details in which he describes them. He put you right there in the house filled with ghosts and the madness. I love that the book unfolds as you go along. Gasping inside thinking you know who the killer is. As the author sends you into a different direction. The details are not for the faint of heart. Rape scenes are brutal non the less. But it's part of the author's ability to go places other do not dare. I most definitely would say this book has opened me to reading again and seeing what other books this author has to offer. A must read!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great book March 30, 2014
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I think everyone is entitiled to their own book review, but I find that I have gone by those reviews to purchase a book or not, I didn't do that with this book and I'm glad I didn't, I really enjoyed this book, I loved it from the start, it kept me wanting to turn the pages from the begining, the author did a great job,,I would recommed this book to anyone and the price was right...I don't think you will regret getting this book, looking forward to more from the author...ENJOY...
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Disgraceful
I have never written a review but I wanted to warn people about what I perceive to be the gratuitous, unnecessary rape scenes in this novel. Read more
Published 2 months ago by MMN
1.0 out of 5 stars horrid
nasty, horrible book about rapes and beheadings. Bought the wrong Butchers Boy by mistake. Would not recommend to any one
Published 11 months ago by Annemarie Deluca
5.0 out of 5 stars Good book
I wasn't sure what was going on. Then after reading a little further I realized who the killer was. But the book kept me reading
Published 15 months ago by Judy Clowney
4.0 out of 5 stars Scary Ride
The book was a scary ride in an Amityville-type Horror house with a succubus, protective Rottweiler, and ghostly possession thrown in just to keep your hair standing on end. Read more
Published 15 months ago by E. Petrilli-Massey
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a little something..
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. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mary M. Cisneros
4.0 out of 5 stars Not as scary as I expected, but a really fun read
This book was great fun. Not quite as scary as I'd hoped (probably because I found the plot somewhat predictable), but it had enough twists to keep me wanting to read it. Read more
Published 21 months ago by CJFCL
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Horror/mystery book
Horror books abound today, but Mathias is one author who has figured out how to write in the genre. The book does have some rough to read scenes, but they fit into the story, and... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Jami Ros
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and Turns Around Every Corner
OMG! This book was soo good. There were times when I read this book and my mouth was hanging open in shock. There are soo may twists in this book you will not be able to keep up. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Avid Reader Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the weak !!
This is a scary story about a mass murderer, a single mother who is a new nurse, a rehabilitating meth user and a boy with his faithful dog. Read more
Published 23 months ago by kivinrn
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