The paperback will be out February 24, 2015! Pre-orders are a great way to start the new year!
Speaking of which, HAPPY NEW YEAR! *throws confetti*
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|37.5 weeks pregnant|
|It's a boy! Welcome to the word, Maddox John.|
|I was challenged by a friend the other day to cartoon myself... and this is what I came up with! Because a cleaver looks good on everybody.|
|Throwback Halloween pic. Me at age 9. Because clowns are scary.|
|This was a month ago. I'm bigger now. And way more tired.|
"When I talk about social media, I emphasize the social part. It’s about connecting, not selling."
|It's out now! This would make a lovely gift for someone, yes? *hint hint*|
|Waiting for the subway at Grand Central. Darren and I were trying to pretend as if we were real New Yorkers, but if David hadn't been with us, we have gotten so lost.|
|This was actually at Bareburger, where we had fattening milkshakes for dessert AFTER our extremely healthy dinner. Gotta keep it balanced, ya know. Alex and I always do a selfie when we get together – why break tradition?|
|This was very cool! I'll a post a link when the interview is up on their site.|
|A savvy panel attendee pointed out the shattered glass in the picture behind where Chelsea and I were sitting. Bullet hole? Sling shot? It was, like, SO TOTALLY APPROPRIATE.|
|You can't tell how tall Owen actually is from this picture. He scrunched down for me.|
|Fun times at the studio! I'll post a link to this one too when it's up.|
|This never gets old.|
Jennifer Hillier's THE BUTCHER is a rapid-fire thriller of dark, unsettling proportions with some very surprising twists. With the turn of each new page, the suspenseful plot is tense and gripping. Even knowing the identity of the Butcher does not diminish the excitement of figuring out just how everything will be resolved. THE BUTCHER is a skillfully penned tale of murder and cover-up that will keep readers enthralled until the powerful finish. Thriller fans should not miss THE BUTCHER!
Thirty years ago, Seattle Police Capt. Edward Shank put down a serial killer dubbed the Butcher. Edward’s bullet ended Rufus Wedge’s sorry life. But did the killings end?So so so so happy!
Hillier’s (Freak, 2012, etc.) third thriller fairly shudders with tension. Edward is ready to retire to an assisted living facility and give his grandson, Matt, the family home, a beloved Victorian in a posh neighborhood. An up-and-coming chef, Matt has parlayed his successful food-truck business into Adobo, the hottest restaurant in town, and the reality show networks are calling. The only trouble is that his girlfriend, Samantha, can’t understand why Matt hasn’t invited her to move in, too. After all, they’ve been together for three years. Pressuring Matt, though, isn’t getting her anywhere, and even their friend—well, really Sam’s friend—Jason is a little mystified. Certainly, Matt’s history of anger management trouble gives Jason pause. While Matt renovates the house and works late, Sam turns back to researching her latest true-crime book. This time, she has a personal investment. She’s convinced that her mother was killed by the notorious Butcher. Bored at the retirement home, Edward has become an invaluable sounding board. Like the Butcher’s other victims, Sam’s mother was raped, strangled and left in a shallow grave. Unfortunately for Sam’s theory, her mother was killed two years after Rufus Wedge’s death. Meanwhile, Matt’s contractor has unearthed a crate filled with gruesome artifacts. As Matt investigates the crate’s contents and Sam questions a mysterious informant, their romance unravels and the body count begins to rise. Hillier sends her reader into a labyrinth of creepy twists and grotesque turns. There’s no escape from the brutal truths exposed.
The secrets of the past refuse to keep quiet in this disquieting, taut thriller.
"Once I got started I couldn’t stop reading, and I confess to having sweaty palms a few times. A thrill ride that will have your attention from start to finish! This one is 4.5 stars."The full review will be available in the July 2014 issue! Subscribe HERE.
"THE BUTCHER is a clever, twisted thriller about genetics, faith, and death . . . The greatest thing about THE BUTCHER is its uncanny ability to trump the narrative conventions of the conventional serial killer novel over and over again . . Jennifer Hillier's prose remains fast paced and immensely readable as her content becomes quirkier and more cerebral with every novel."Read the entire review HERE (and I hope you do, it's so insightful!). As a side note, I want to praise Dead End Follies in general for being such a unique place to read reviews. Ben goes deep. Really deep. It's such a treat for both authors and readers, so be sure to stop by.
Hillier’s prose is unadorned, but, as she ably proved in her debut (Creep, 2011), she has a fine knack for creating hideous killers. This time she turns the formula whodunit on its head. The prologue sets the scene: 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. Skip ahead 30 years. Shank, now a dapper, alert 80, still lauded for his role in the Butcher case, is about to move to a retirement home. He’s anxious, yet almost gleeful, about starting a new chapter in his life—which he begins by killing his wife. For years “Chief” has fooled everyone, including his grandson, Matt, and Matt’s girlfriend, Sam, who is convinced there’s more to know about the Butcher. As it turns out, the coldly rational, sadistic Shank has plans for his new life that are apt to prove Sam right. A tense, suspenseful, thoroughly creepy thriller.
— Stephanie Zvirin
|Craig Davidson (Nick Cutter), me, and Brad Smith|