The Butcher's Daughter
Looking for a dark and compelling psychological thriller with a twist you won't see coming?
Trust no one. Not even yourself.
When Natalie Powers returns home for the first time in thirteen years, she must convince everyone she has fully recovered from the mental illness, which has seen her institutionalised for most of her young life.
But instead of being welcomed back, N...more
There are parts of this book that will haunt my mind for a long time. The imagery created by the descriptions of both people and events painted vivid pictures in my mind as I read. Some weren't pleasant due to the butchering nature of them.
Main character, Natalie, is really interesting, if not a little unnerving. As she was unsure of what was going on around her, and who she should trust, so was I. Her time in an institution may or may not have helped her. I remain ...more
My heart broke for Natalie while reading this. Like seriously how can someone go through so much heartbreak. She hasn’t had it easy.
Home now after being away for thirteen years things aren’t easy for her.
The little village has its own secrets.
Is there strange going ons happening in the village or is it all in Natalie’s mind?
My dad, Granda, uncle and cousin worked in an abattoir. Luckil ...more
The start of this is brutal, Natalie’s Dad wanted her to toughen up, so as a seven year old he told her they were going to a zoo, but instead he took her to the abattoir, where men were slaughtering animals….the blood and sheer terror of the animals was palpable….horrific…
Natalie, is now returning home, after spending thirteen years in an institution….people treat her with caution and her father, Frank is as mean as he was when she left…..refuses to talk about her mother……she died…..did ...more
I wasn’t quite sure what to make of Natalie at first . Don’t get ...more
All the characters are well written, leaving the reader unsure about their motives or indeed their rea ...more
This is such a wonderfully creepy and disturbing book! The small seaside village really jumps from the page and there's a great cast of characters, too. I really felt for Natalie, ...more
When she returns to her father's house in a remote coastal village, the residents are more than a little strange. As the story develops, the reader is left wondering how much is real and ...more
It is best to read it in as few sittings as possible because the creepy element of tension really works well and you are absorbed in to the lives of Natalie and her world.
The setting gives the background story a fabulous character and helps the narrative and description be strong.
A wonderfully written novel that will keep you guessing as to what is going on.
Shrouded in mystery and a depth of darkne ...more
This is my first book by this author and will not be my last I liked the writing style and the story had me from the start I couldn't turn the pages quick enough to find out what was going happen really enjoyed this story. ...more
The ending was very good and neatly tied everything up together and there is no getting away from the fact that there were some really shocking and gruesome moments in the book that made my cringe but for me there was just something missing,
Natalie clearly h ...more
No Spoilers in My Reviews:
This novel will definitely sit with me for quite some time. It is one that has a nearly tangible feel to it, and sets a rather spooky tone throughout. This lends to the reading quite well. I would definitely warn that this novel is not for the faint of heart. It is a very eerie, surreal experience. I enjoyed it immensely.
The plotting is excellently-written. The story moves in a way that kept me turning pages and wanting to know what ...more
As someone who has worked in a Food Manufacturing company within HR for several years, I am fully aware of the process, but have (thankfully) not witnessed it myself. I can confirm, however, that the dep ...more
I enjoyed this book as I like horror and dark books. It certainly kept me entertained in fact it was pretty gruesome at times. It was well written and the story was dare I say unusual. I myself am not much of a meat water i prefer fish and the odd piece of chicken. I wasn't surprised by the ending the poor girl was mad from the beginning as her father and mother and the whole Village. This one will have me thinking about it for a while. Thanks Jane E. James ...more
This was, without doubt, the the most frightening horror story I have ever read. What is truth and what is fiction? Just what goes on in the mind of a severely disturbed psychiatric patient? Where do the memories come from and what do they mean? I defy anyone reading this book not to seriously consider becoming a vegetarian or even a vegan. I think I'll be having nightmares for a very long time. This book was an uncomfortable but, absorbing, experience. ...more
Well done for an addictive read looking forward to more from this author. ...more
A Book as mesmerizing and gripping you from start to finish. I couldn't put this book down. A psychological thriller is exactly what that phrase implies! Read this book, but expect to have your stomach in knots...It's that descriptive. 💜 ...more
I cannot keep straight what is real and what is imagination. I find that I grew impatient with not able to understand what really happened even after I finished. Maybe this is the intended result, to keep readers in suspense till the very end.
Jane recently signed a two-book publishing deal after her 2nd novel, The Crying Boy (a compelling suspense thriller inspired by actual events) became an o ...more