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The Butcher's Boy by [Mathias, Michael Robb]
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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

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

Product Details

  • 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 LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FPYWKU
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #450,688 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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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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The Butcher’s Boy is a creepy paranormal thriller that grips the reader within the first few pages. Janet and her son Michael are making a new start but, unbeknownst to them, the house Janet buys used to belong to the Butcher family who were horribly murdered by the father. Now the house is haunted and every one that has lived there since has died. Michael grows curious after seeing a ghost by his bed and starts to investigate what happened in the house. This stirs up the past and the horror and terror starts. I loved this book and couldn’t put it down. Every time I tried there was some new twist that kept me reading. I had no idea who the protagonist was until about three quarters of the way through the book. The characters are well written, realistic (mostly), and likeable (also mostly). The story is full of twists and turns and never predictable. All of these things makes this one of the best books I’ve read this year. I read the digital version of this book on my ereader and it formatted well. The cover was eye-catching and suited the storyline.
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The Butchers Boy is almost a mix of two books in one and Michael Robb Mathias does an excellent job of having the story delve into a paranormal thriller turns into a pretty gritty horror novel. Its a great read though that rather abrupt switch about half way through the book will throw many readers off with some highly graphic scenes.

That being said, the suspense Michael builds up is top notch. From beautifully descriptive scenes which include some haunting imagery to cliffhangers galore this one is a true page turner.

In the novel we find out that Janet and her son Michael buy a house which ends up to be where William Buxly had killed all of his family. The new owners are haunted from the get go from casual interactions to more intense ones. Only the hauntings aren't what they appear to be and as we learn the tale of William Buxly and what really happened when he lived there is far from over.
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When Janet’s nasty divorce left her broke, she was overjoyed to find a house and job in another town. So happy, in fact, that she didn’t question why the house was so cheap. When her son Michael tells her that the house they moved into was the site of a brutal mass killing, and that he has seen ghosts of the victims, she is skeptic. But when a serial killer targets close to home, she discovers there’s more danger than mere ghosts. And with no funds to move, there is nothing she can do about it.

This plot read like a lifetime movie, i.e. single mother, young son, haunted house, and of course a serial killer on the loose. I liked how I got to know all of the characters, and not just the main ones. That’s what made it real to me. This story had plenty of twists to keep you guessing. Each time I was sure of the killer, something would change that. I like that type of read, it’s what keeps it interesting.
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