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The Butcher's Boy [Kindle Edition]

Michael Robb Mathias

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Product 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.

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 instead of the usual (M. R.)

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 459 KB
  • Print Length: 242 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456536850
  • Publisher: Michael Robb Mathias Jr. (Dec 8 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining To a Point July 16 2011
By C. Irish - Published on
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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. 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.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs a little something.. March 6 2013
By Mary M. Cisneros - Published on
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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. Once discovered I started to read it with as much of an unbiased mind as I could and really would have liked to have given it 5 stars, however, there were certain things I just didn't care for.

First off his editor did a fair job but not really a good job. Just checking for grammar doesn't cut it when the spelling of adjectives turn something into a noun. Grizzly instead of grisly is just one instance. "While she still had a grunion of control..." Am I the only one that knows a grunion is a fish? Maybe "modicum" would have been a better choice. At one point the author is writing about a victim referring to her as Slurpy Cindy and the very next page all of the sudden she is Lucy. Lucy is the dog right?

The story itself started off very slowly without a lot to draw one in, to the point that it took several tries over the last year for me to keep reading once I started. I will admit, even though this reminded me of some of the books from when my daughter was young (aside from the more descriptive gore) once I got further into the story it held my attention until I finished it. The storyline had decent twists and turns that helped keep the story moving along but some of it was predictable at best.

I was a disappointed that it didn't take long to figure out who "Billy" was and yes I realize it was billed as a paranormal thriller, I still would have loved to have gotten to the end and been shocked instead of seeing it all coming before I got to it. While the end fate of Billy was not completely predictable it was unrealistic and well just bizarre. Janet's acceptance that the Ghost possessed Oliver is going to rape her (I won't even go into the earlier ghost sex event that left me saying "give me a break, really?") was wholly unrealistic and a bit annoying on top of all her other less than stellar parental traits.

I guess I would have liked a bit more on the history of the house and its inhabitants than what was shown through the memories of ghosts, without the background it is like walking into a theater half way through a movie and wondering if you missed anything good. All in all a decent story just not one of the best I have had the pleasure of reading.
8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Didn't want to put it down! July 6 2011
By The Book Keeper - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying Oct. 6 2012
By J. Hollister - Published on
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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.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, an adult ghost story June 21 2013
By Joy2read - Published on
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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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