- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 7 hours and 38 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Michael Robb Mathias Jr.
- Audible.com Release Date: October 5, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009M5FHUW
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The Butcher's Boy Audiobook – Unabridged
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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.
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.
crime and executed. His DA inherits the house and is found dead in it later.
It is left to rot.
In 2011, a single divorced mother named Ms. Janet Hale and her nine year old
son Michael and their dog Lucy move into the same house. Soon strange things
begin to happen as they hear strange noises and see misty apparitions of the
former family that once lived there? Why is the family haunting them? What are
the ghosts trying to tell them? Then a woman is found murdered and soon someone
is hunting them. Who is it? Is it a stranger or someone close to them?
Disturbing and dark in places, but worth a read.
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. In addition to the haunted house, there is a serial killer on the loose responsible for raping and beheading local girls.
While it is still very readable, and I wanted to find out who the culprit was, but the suspension of belief grows toward the end of the book. The killer ends up killing some characters that you'd not expect to be killed off, but it's just part of the surprise of reading this book.
I started off loving this book, but it turned quite gruesome. I would recommend this book if you really like horror. The spine tingling wore off and blood and guts sort of took over after a point in the book.
It is a good mystery, but I don't feel it needed the ransacking the author gave it.