3 Apr 2023

Review: THE BUTCHER AND THE WREN by Alaina Urquhart


Author: Alaina Urquhart
Series: The Butcher and the Wren #1
Source: Audio from Audible
Publisher: Zando
Publication Date: September 13, 2022

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From the co-host of chart-topping true crime podcast Morbid, 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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Content Warning: kidnapping, stalking, torture, murder, death, PTSD

This was a quick read but one that really packed a punch! I highly enjoyed reading it and thought that the twists were unique and interesting.

The book really kept you guessing even though it gave you some of the information along the way. I thought it ended a little sloppily, but there was definitely room to have a sequel to this or a spin-off to view more of this world.

For going from a podcast to a novel, I think Urquhart did a great job of incorporating elements of true crime into fiction. I liked seeing how the characters were developed and am looking forward to seeing more of the characters in the future!

This might be one of the only "detective" series that I end up following. I definitely recommend this one!

Have you read this series? Are you going to pick this up?

1 comment:

  1. I got this book as soon as it came out because I love Morbid! But I've yet to read it lol I'm glad you enjoyed it!


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