Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Butcher's Boy” as Want to Read:
The Butcher's Boy
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Butcher's Boy

3.73 of 5 stars 3.73  ·  rating details  ·  153 ratings  ·  46 reviews
A Suspenseful Paranormal/Chiller "The Butcher's Boy" was announced as a 2011 Readers Favorite Award - Silver Medalist in Horror - Fiction Thirty-one years ago, William H. Buxly aka "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 u ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published January 9th 2011 by Createspace (first published December 8th 2010)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Butcher's Boy, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Butcher's Boy

This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Add this book to your favorite list »

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 836)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Vone Savan
The Butcher's Boy by Michael Robb was clearly a novel the author really wanted to write; a book without compromise; a book that held a lot of integrity with Robb's sensibilities; and a book with great honesty. But along with this honesty came a very graphic, gruesome and explicit novel. Something I wasn’t quite expecting, but fully embraced.

The story begins during the fall of 1984 with the murder trial of William Buxley Sr., the man accused of murdering his entire family (Dorothy (wife), Emma (
Michelle, the Bookshelf Stalker  Queen of the Undead
4.5 stars out of 5

You know a book is good when a particular scene will play in your mind repeatedly. I remember watching the Shining and seeing Jack Nicholson dragging his leg through the maze with that ax. It was not the gore, the surprises, or the story that was memorable; it was that particular scene and the methodical slowness in which Jack dragged himself through the maze. It scares me to this day.

The Butcher’s Boy has that same quality to it. Certain scenes keep playing in my head making
Dawn Judd
Of course I love a good ghost story, but this is so much more than that. The ghosts of the past aren't the only mystery entangled within the story and it doesn't take long to figure out that something is amiss. Once I started reading this book, I could not put it down. Every time I thought I knew what was going on, I realized there was so much more to it. Truly a brilliant piece of work.

P.S. The product placement of The Royal Dragoneers was a hoot! Thanks for the laugh Michael!
I picked this one up on Audible thru Kindle Unlimited. There was a lot going on in this one and at times it was a bit hard to follow the different characters (mostly the spirits). Not sure if that was a result of the audio version or not. Written well with a good cast of characters but a little predictable. Overall, a pretty good ghost story.

(view spoiler)
J.C. Phelps
I just finished The Butcher's Boy. The book didn't take long for me to read because I was totally engrossed in the story. The Butcher's Boy is the perfect mixture of paranormal, horror and gore. It grabbed me from the very beginning and held on until I reluctantly read the last pages of the book. The story is told from several point of view of the characters but the flow between them was done very well and felt perfectly natural as I was pulled along. I definitely recommend this book!
Scott Collins
The Butcher's Boy is a trilling paranormal murder mystery. A divorced mother and her son move into a new house to restart their lives, only to discover it is haunted by a very nasty ghost. There are plenty of twists and turns to keep you guessing along the way so don't think you've gotten it figured out too early. Character developments where great and I had a very tough time putting this book down. Thanks Michael for the read!
Alex Laybourne
To put it simply, this book was one of the best ghost stories I have read in... well, quite possibly ever. It was perfectly paced, the build up had me sitting with Goosebumps at times. The urge to continue turning the page was intense, and the mix of characters was well through out they complimented each other perfectly.
From the opening page you know that there is something more than just a haunted house behind this story, and from the moment you meet the creepy, senile woman who lives next doo
Misty Rayburn
Thirty-one years ago, Buxly the Butcher was tried for murdering his family. He was found guilty and sentenced to die for those grizzly acts. Now a newly divorced nurse has bought and moved into the house, completely unaware of what happened so long ago.

The transition to a new life for Janet and her son Michael seems to go well. Janet meets a handsome charmer and decides she likes him enough to start dating again. She leaves Michael with a babysitter. Fueled by tales of the house being haunted, M
Michele at A Belle's Tales
The thriller The Butcher’s Boy is a perfect mix of horror and mystery. It left me thinking, “I’d love to see this made into a movie”! But then I realized I would be too afraid to actually see it. While I did pinpoint the “bad guy” early on, it didn’t keep me from being on the edge of my seat the entire book. There were still plenty of twists and turns in this great story. I fell in love with Janet and Michael and I adored Lucy. I was also caught by surprise by the emotion the author evoked in me ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Catching up on my reviews, etc... This was a quick read-fast paced, good old fashioned ghost story, in the vein of "Amityville Horror". Great descriptive, solid, well defined characters, and unexpected plot twists. I hate to get into plot synopses in reviewing what I've read..I'll leave that to professionals. Overall, I really enjoyed The Butcher's Boy, and would recommend it to anyone looking for a good horror story that still allows you to sleep with the lights off. It's not Stephen King's"It" ...more
Kim Bowen
I have always loved a good ghost story. It is rare to find one that is truly scary without a lot of gore or cheap sex. I really liked this one. I started it late one night and was very glad I was lying in bed with my husband asleep next to me. It scared me and I would have been peeing my pants if I had to walk through my dark house alone.

I did have the mystery figured out about halfway through. It didn't keep me from enjoying it. It would make a good movie!
Michael Mathias tells a frightening tale, which blends a paranormal story with the goings-on involving a serial killer. The story is good, and he tells it well if you can overlook a fair number of editing problems. It's not a story for the faint of heart as, beyond the halfway point of the book, the details regarding both the paranormal and human activities become very graphic. If you have a strong stomach, it's an interesting story.
Judi Coltman
The Butcher's Boy by Michael Robb is a ghost story. Robb does not simply write scenes that are creepy, spine chilling and suggestive of a haunting, he straight up tells you. So, if you don't like graphic angry spirits invading bodies of innocent humans, this may not be for you. I need to ponder this a bit more, but it was well written and intense.

Interesting blend of psychological thriller and ghost story. Maybe a little predictable: I have to admit that I called the twist & villain at the 17% mark. I did enjoy it, but found it to be a little uneven and a mixture of too many supernatural angles. Can't say more without having to add the spoiler tag.
The Butchers boy is a well written story that kept my intrest the whole way! There seem to be so few good ghost stories and this is right up there with the best. There is an element of "sex and violence" but always in order to advance the story line. A reccomended read for sure!
Nanci de Suffren
This is one really scary book! Janet and her son, Michael, unknowingly move into a house with horrific history of mass murder. Ghosts with very unfinished business abound. The story is very intense. The ending is chilling.
Nanda Zacharias
Ooh I really liked this one. I thought the ending was a bit weird and disturbing. I didn't think the bad guy would end up that way, I guess it would be a good punishment for what he did though.
Katy Walters
This was engaging. The plot was well thought out, the characters realistic and the haunting chilling.
Not for the faint of heart. A good ghost story for sure with a very dark and disturbed ending!
Kinda scary in spots. Great ending.
Excellent, scary, insightful
This book was great fun. Not quite as scary as I'd hoped (probably because I found the plot somewhat predictable), but it had enough twists to keep me wanting to read it.

There are several likable characters, and a couple of truly hateful ones. This setup usually makes for some exciting scenes, and there are quite a few of them in this book. There was also a bit of confusion (at least for me, but I can be dense at times) especially in the beginning when trying to keep the various dead entities s
Martha Cheves
The Butcher’s Boy by Michael Robb – Review by Martha A. Cheves, Author of Stir, Laugh, Repeat

“The prosecution has sickened us with grizzly photographs of the crime scene. They have brought in experts and skilled technicians. They have dazzled us with their qualifications and then had us listen to their various opinions as to what happened to those three children and their living mother.” He heaved in a sigh and then began pacing slowly as he drew the jury in. “They have produced lab findings, co
This was another Kindle read for me. I started it back in April, but didn't have a whole lot of spare time to pick it up again until this past week.

While it did a fairly good job of holding my interest, I am not a big fan of this book.

First of all, it's disgusting in ways that it does not need to be disgusting. I feel like the author may have been aiming for some sort of shock reaction out of the reader by being so graphic/disturbing. Without being specific, I just really think that a lot of t
4.5 out of 5.

They set the scene up for you and present to you the grisly details of what went down and now we move forward into the present-day. Don't get me wrong, what went down surrounding that house was not a typical, everyday family event and it was in no means something to be forgotten. Someone had to be blamed for that event but after all was said and done in the courtroom, were the dead really safe in their wooden boxes and were they all tucked in tight? In the end, Janet just wanted a g
Come Everyone See A Revival Cesar
This was quite an interesting Horror story, from an author who has written a chain of epic fantasy books. It starts out in a court room where William Buxly is on trial for killing his whole family, found guilty, he gets the death penalty. Many years later a lady called Janet buys the Buxly house for herself and her son Michael, totally unaware of the horrors of the killings that once happened within the house. It doesn't take long for the ghosts inside to make themselves known, first through so ...more
Denise Ward
I really dont like giving bad reviews, and after reading others comments about this short read, i'm thinking have i been reading the same book, or maybe im a little bit twisted! I read i think half of this book, i found it boring, and kept thinking how many times has this story been done? haunted house, flashbacks, single mum and kid, crazy neighbour. If i dont ever have anything else to read i might give it a second look. SORRY
Jade Lauron
It's a paranormal thriller, and just in general not my cup of tea at all. I do like the occasional ghost story, especially when it leaves some room for ambiguity (was it really a ghost? or just someone's over active imagination?) but having ghosts run amok, like some Amityville horror, coupled with evil ghostly vacations in the form of bodily possession...well, it was all a bit too much for me.

And then, of course, with all these ghosts running about, not to mention a serial killer on the loose,
Judy Ramsey
Fast paced and a page turning book.

Fast paced and a page turning book.

this book is very fast paced and drags you into it. you want to know what else is going to happen. very imaginative and unbelievable. little to detailed and sexually violent. otherwise very good.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 27 28 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • The Firelight of Maalda
  • Last Flight Out
  • When Destiny Knocks (Destiny Saga, #1)
  • Dance Of The Goblins (The Goblin, #1)
  • Fifty Shades of Silver Hair and Socks  (Fifty Shades of Silver #1)
  • Tats
  • The Necro Device
  • One Hundred Years of Vicissitude
  • Soul Sisters (Soul Sisters, #1)
  • Nothing Bad is Going to Happen
  • Captive Bride: A Regency Ghost Novel
  • Butterfly Kisses (The Butterfly Chronicles, #2)
  • Dragonfly Creek (Firefly Hollow)
  • The Children's Hour
  • Never Ceese (Thirsting for Blood, #1)
  • Dirty (Just Breathe Ephemera, #3)
  • The Secret of Castle Cant: Being an Account of the Remarkable Adventures of Lucy Wickwright, Maidservant and Spy
Michael Robb has made a name writing epic fantasy novels under the pen name M. R. Mathias. Amazon, and Barnes & Noble, Bestsellers 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, however is not a fantasy. It is a terrifying Haunted-House/Murder-Mystery/Chiller. In ord
More about Michael Robb...
Witch Dancer Snitch

Share This Book

“Even angels need angels,” she whispered.  “And sometimes devils too.” 0 likes
“I hope the reader is entertained, thrilled, terrified. Fiction is virtual reality escapism in its purest form, projected on its best most complex screen. No HDTV or movie theater screen can compare to the mind’s eye.” 0 likes
More quotes…