Thursday, December 11, 2014

Best of 2014: Thriller

One of the many items [old and new] enjoyed by Burbank Public Library staff during 2014, recommended for your consideration:
The Butcher
by Jennifer Hillier

In 1985, the Beacon Hill Butcher, whose signature was to remove the left hand of his young female victims, was shot to death by police under the command of Captain Edward Shank. The incident made Shank a hero, and propelled him into a lengthy term as chief of police. Thirty years later, Shank--now 80 and still lauded for his role in the Butcher case--is about to move to a retirement home. Killing is hard to shake for a serial killer, though, and when a body turns up missing a left hand, the Butcher case is reopened. The police department asks for Shank's help investigating the new cases. How will he lead them away from the identity of the killer this time?

This is a stand-alone from the author of the Creep/Freak series. Another page turner. It’s a twist on the usual thriller, because you know from the beginning who the killer is and that he has gotten away with the crime. Still, you’re on edge as people--including his son’s girlfriend--get closer to the truth. My husband is very picky about his reading and frequently puts books down after the first 100 pages. He really liked this book as well. Out of her three novels, he felt this was her strongest writing. I just thought it was a clever take on the genre and there were parts that made me so nervous, I had to keep reading (even speed reading!) to get the character through that moment.

You can find this book on the New Books shelves at the Central and Buena Vista libraries.

Chosen by Jennifer B., circulation clerk

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