- 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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Top Customer Reviews
I actually would have given it five stars except that some of the non-horror/action scenes rang a little false for me. Not enough to derail a good story, but just enough to make me notice.
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.
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.