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The Butcher's Boy [Kindle Edition]

Michael Robb Mathias

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The Butcher's Boy

Winner of the 2011 Readers Favorite Award 'Silver Medal' in Horror - Fiction
                 

Thirty-one years ago, Buxly the Butcher went to trial for killing his entire family. He was found guilty, and sentenced to die for those crimes. Now, Janet Hale, a recently divorced nurse, has purchased the house unaware of the brutal murders that took place there so long ago. 
 
From the moment she, her eleven-year-old son, and his overprotective Rottweiler move in, bad things start to happen. A strange man is caught lurking in the back yard, and the only neighbor turns out to be a crazy old widow. But not everything is going wrong. During the move, Janet meets a handsome charmer. She likes him enough to start dating again, leaving a sitter to watch over her son. 
 
When Michael, and his dog, Lucy-Fur, learn firsthand that their home is haunted by one of the victims of the Butcher's grisly act, Michael scours the internet and the local library to find out what happened back then. Maggie, the sitter, brings over a Ouija board and they soon find out that there is more than one dark spirit on the haunt.  
 
Can Lucy-Fur protect her boy from the angry ghost that wants to possess him? Can Michael fight through the madness and terror to find out what really happened? If he does, maybe the tormented souls can be put to rest and his mom can keep the house that she seems to love. If he fails, he just might become one of them. With the help of Maggie, and a burned out house painter, Michael is going to try. The problem is, not everyone is who they seem...            even the dead.  
 This isn't your average haunted house novel. 
 
The Butcher's Boy by Michael Robb...      Take a slow ride into terror!
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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
  • ASIN: B004FPYWKU
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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Amazon.com: 4.4 out of 5 stars  46 reviews
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
By The Book Keeper - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining To a Point July 16 2011
By C. Irish - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
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
1.0 out of 5 stars horrid Aug. 15 2013
By Annemarie Deluca - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
nasty, horrible book about rapes and beheadings. Bought the wrong Butchers Boy by mistake. Would not recommend to any one
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrifying Oct. 6 2012
By J. Hollister - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finally, an adult ghost story June 21 2013
By Joy2read - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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