Book Review: The Butcher’s Daughter by Jane E James (BloodHound Books)
This book was gifted to me by Bloodhound Books for the sole purpose of an honest review on the book. This post is not sponsored by Bloodhound Books, nor is it sponsored by the author, Jane E James. All comments on this review are my own.
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“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, Natalie enters a baffling world of deception. She must fight her way through the lies in order to discover the truth about her mother’s sudden disappearance sixteen years earlier. To do this, Natalie must also try to make sense of the hazy memories from the past that continue to haunt her.
In the village of Little Downey, everybody appears to harbour a mysterious secret, including her father, Frank, the village butcher, who refuses to discuss the circumstances surrounding Natalie’s mother’s disappearance, but who can Natalie trust if not her own father? Especially when it becomes clear her protector and confidante, Dr Moses, is not all he appears.
Meanwhile, a spate of unexplained clifftop suicides has seen the seaside resort go into decline. Are the villagers somehow involved or is something more sinister at work?
Determined to find out what happened to her mother, Natalie must make sure her own frailty and self-doubt does not catapult her back to the mental institution before she can uncover the truth…
About the Author
I hadn’t heard of Jane E James before I was offered the opportunity to read The Butcher’s Daughter by Bloodhound Books. I was kindly sent over the synopsis of the book before the book was sent to my Kindle. My original thoughts were that as a psychological thriller it was one I had never come across before and it read like it was going to be really interesting.
Trigger Alert Warning
The first chapter (without giving spoilers) does go into quite graphic detail about the process of what happens when animals are sent to slaughter. There is no kinder way to say that, unfortunately. If this is something that will upset you then perhaps you should skip the first chapter, at least.
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 depiction in chapter one is spot on.
One key element that is throughout the book is mental health. Jane has a brilliant way of writing about mental health, descriptive on what it entailed for her character and it’s impacts. Her writing is so powerful that even those who would generally be the cause of stigma and anxiety to those suffering from mental health conditions, are drawn in and consumed by the story.
It has a such a draw in effect throughout the book, you won’t want to put it down. You’ll find yourself losing hours of your day or days depending on how quick you read.
I’ve never come across a psychological thriller quite like this one before. That’s saying a lot as psychological thrillers are my go-to reads. It’s a very different way of writing, a very different way of using the genre of psychological thrillers and taking it one step further.
I don’t like to give out spoilers, so I won’t be going into a lot of detail about what happens in the book, but what I can say is I honestly didn’t put my Kindle down unless it was to sleep or shower. I was hooked from chapter two (chapter one made me sad) right through until the very end.
I’m usually very good with figuring out the twists and turns in books. I’m one of those people who can guess pretty much right away “whodunnit”. However, I have to say there was a lot of twists and turns in this book I just didn’t see coming, at all!
One of the other things I loved about the book was Jane’s way of describing the events as they happened. That’s no doubt why chapter one made me so uncomfortable, because I could envision being there just like Natalie was. This is something that , throughout the book, Jane gives you. It’s like you are right there with Natalie, witnessing through her eyes, touching and sensing through her body. That is how you know someone is an incredible writer.
The book is intense, there are sections of the book that will give you goosebumps, make you hold your breath and make you want to skip to the end to see what happens, but at the same time, not want to miss what happens in between.
Finishing the Book
When I finished the book I genuinely felt the way I did when I finished the Umbrella Academy, I didn’t know what I was going to do with my life without it, lol. I might actually go back and read it again, which is very unsual for me as usually if I love a book I’ll keep it, always intending to re-read it again, otherwise I donate them. If I didn’t have a list of other books to read for future reviews, I’d definitely be going back to this one to re-read sooner rather than later.
What’s the Score?
I highly recommend you give it a read. I have added Jane’s other books to my Amazon Book Wishlist.
If you want to see my Amazon Wishlist for Books, you can find it here. Maybe you’ll find one that you like the look of.
Don’t Just Take My Word For It
You can read other reviews on The Butcher’s Daughter by Jane E James on Goodreads. I’ve included the link to it, here.
You can also check out the other bloggers’ reviews. You will find them on the book advertisement above, I have also included it, below.
Where to Purchase the Book?
You can purchase the book from Amazon.
Further publishing’s by Bloodhound Books
You can find more information on Bloodhound Books and some of their other amazing published books by some incredible authors, here.
They mostly publish crime and thriller novels, so perfect if, like me, you love a good crime, crime thriller or psychological thriller.
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Special Thank You
I’d like to say a special thank you to Bloodhound Books and the author Jane E James’ for gifting me this book. I’ve already told a handful of people about it and I’m excited to add more of Jane’s books to my Amazon wishlist for reading in the future.