The Butcher and the Wren

By: Alaina Urquhard

Thank you NetGally and Zando projects for the ARC of this book!

In a Louisiana bayou, a killer is leaving bodies.  With these bodies are clues taunting the police.  Dr. Wren Mueller is a forensic pathologist who has tons of knowledge about crimes, and she is the head of the Medical Examiner’s office.  While she’s always been able to solve cases in the past, the bodies are piling up and she has no answers.  She and the police force have their work cut out for them if they want to catch the killer before another body is found in the bayou, but can they do it?

Right off the bat, after reading the premise and knowing that the author was from a podcast that I have listened to, I wanted to read this book.  This book is told from alternating perspective, the butcher (the serial killer) and the Wren (the medical examiner), which includes a twist that I enjoyed.  Some of the descriptions of the actions of the butcher were so great that it made me cringe!  The ending was great, and it was left open ended so that there could be another book!  If there is, I will read it.

There were some issues though.  Some of the writing seemed a bit juvenile.  Additionally, the flow of the book needed some extra work in some places.  There was an instance where Wren was at home, and then the next sentence she was swiping into work, but there was no transitional sentence such as she left her house to get to work.  The other thing that really bothered me is how realistic it is for a medical examiner to be THAT involved in a case from the outset, other than doing what is supposed to be their job.

Overall, 3.5 stars, rounded up to 4.  I would recommend this book to those that like to read a fast, easy to read, enjoyable thriller.

You can pre-order your copy here, it’ll be out on September 13.


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