My Mini Thoughts

Edward Shank aka The Chief of Police, retired shortly after killing the Beacon Hill Butcher, a serial killer who tortured, raped and murdered women of all ages.  Every serial killer has a calling card, and his was chopping off the victims right hand.  Since the Chief killed the Butcher, all is well again right?!  

Four months after his wife’s death, The Chief has decided to move out of his house and into assisted living.  He is giving his only grandchild, Matt, the house.  After Matt moves in he decides to do renovations in the backyard.  Unfortunately the workers dig up a crate that will bring Matt’s life as he knows it crashing down.  Not only do the items in the crate affect Matt, they also affect his girlfriend Sam who has always believed her mom was a victim of The Butcher.

There were things I enjoyed about this book, and things I didn’t.  Matt and The Chiefs characters drove me crazy.  They were both so full of themselves always looking out for #1.  Even when Matt had the chance to do the right thing, he looked the other way.  Let’s just say the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.  

If you love a twisted read, check this one out!

Book Rating: 4/5

Wine Pairing: Ménage à Trois Silk Red Blend Wine


Goodreads Synopsis

A rash of grisly serial murders plagued Seattle until the infamous “Beacon Hill Butcher” was finally hunted down and killed by police chief Edward Shank in 1985. Now, some thirty years later, Shank, retired and widowed, is giving up his large rambling Victorian house to his grandson Matt, whom he helped raise.

Settling back into his childhood home and doing some renovations in the backyard to make the house feel like his own, Matt, a young up-and-coming chef and restaurateur, stumbles upon a locked crate he’s never seen before. Curious, he picks the padlock and makes a discovery so gruesome it will forever haunt him… Faced with this deep dark family secret, Matt must decide whether to keep what he knows buried in the past, go to the police, or take matters into his own hands.

Meanwhile Matt’s girlfriend, Sam, has always suspected that her mother was murdered by the Beacon Hill Butcher—two years after the supposed Butcher was gunned down. As she pursues leads that will prove her right, Sam heads right into the path of Matt’s terrible secret.