Book Review: The Butcher and the Wren by Alaina Urquhart

My book review of The Butcher and the Wren by Alaina Urquhart.

Title: The Butcher and the Wren

By: Alaina Urquhart

Genre: Horror/Thriller

Pages: 242

Release Date: September 13th, 2022

Publisher: Zando

Rating: ★★★☆☆


Summary from Goodreads:

A thrilling debut novel told from the dueling perspectives of a notorious serial killer and the medical examiner following where his trail of victims leads

Something dark is lurking in the Louisiana bayou: a methodical killer with a penchant for medical experimentation is hard at work completing his most harrowing crime yet, taunting the authorities who desperately try to catch up.

But forensic pathologist Dr. Wren Muller is the best there is. Armed with an encyclopedic knowledge of historical crimes, and years of experience working in the Medical Examiner's office, she's never encountered a case she couldn't solve. Until now. Case after case is piling up on Wren's examination table, and soon she is sucked into an all-consuming cat-and-mouse chase with a brutal murderer getting more brazen by the day.

An addictive read with straight-from-the-morgue details only an autopsy technician could provide, The Butcher and the Wren promises to ensnare all who enter.


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I really wanted to love this story, but I found myself just meh by the end of it.

The book started off strong and chilling. The scene was set for a creepy horror story with a strong protagonist. I dove into the book feet first with the promise of a thrilling ride I couldn't fathom, but was quickly let down by characters I couldn't connect with.

At times I couldn't tell if the story wanted to be true crime, a thriller or a horror story. It was a bit off-putting at times and really detracted from the plot.

I love Alaina Urquhart, but this wasn't my read. 

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