The Butcher's Hook

The Butcher s Hook Georgian London Summer Anne Jaccob is coming of age the daughter of a wealthy merchant When she is taken advantage of by her tutor a great friend of her father s and is set up to marry a squeami

  • Title: The Butcher's Hook
  • Author: Janet Ellis
  • ISBN: 9781487000998
  • Page: 113
  • Format: Paperback
  • Georgian London Summer 1763.Anne Jaccob is coming of age, the daughter of a wealthy merchant When she is taken advantage of by her tutor a great friend of her father s and is set up to marry a squeamish snob named Simeon Onions, she begins to realize just how powerless she is in Georgian society Anne is watchful, cunning, and bored.Her saviour appears in the form ofGeorgian London Summer 1763.Anne Jaccob is coming of age, the daughter of a wealthy merchant When she is taken advantage of by her tutor a great friend of her father s and is set up to marry a squeamish snob named Simeon Onions, she begins to realize just how powerless she is in Georgian society Anne is watchful, cunning, and bored.Her saviour appears in the form of Fub, the butcher s boy Their romance is both a great spur and an excitement Anne knows she is doomed to a loveless marriage to Onions and she is determined to escape with Fub and be his mistress But will Fub ultimately be her salvation or damnation And how far will she go to get what she wants Dark and sweeping, The Butcher s Hook is a richly textured debut featuring one of the most memorable characters in fiction.

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    1. How does one become a psychopath? Is it nature or nurture? Anne Jaccob's life journey was bumpy. Her idyllic family life changed when her three year old brother died. She felt empty, devoid of feelings. Perhaps her depressed state occurred when her father stated that Anne and her mother were not enough. He needed a son. His overly critical comments were hard to bear. Anne's fragile mother had been worn down by numerous miscarriages. Finally, a baby girl was born but was taking up time formerly s [...]

    2. This is certainly one of the better books I've read this year. I didn't know what to expect from "The Butcher's Hook"; what got me interested in it was all the praise it has received and then that gorgeous cover! This novel combines the beautiful with the macabre. It takes place in London in the 1700s, and the protagonist Anne is a small girl of about 14 who tells her own story. Because of this narrator, the story is very easy to follow, however as things progress we realize that Anne is not you [...]

    3. If you wish to read a historical-fiction novel with a wicked main character, look not further. The Butcher’s Hook tells a story that is delightfully twisted and wrong, but so very engaging. Anne Jacobs is a 19-year-old girl coming from a well-off family, but who lives in a very oppressive household. Her father is an unsympathetic man and wishes she’d rather be born a boy, and her mother is a meek, absent woman who suffered through a series of miscarriages. Having no friends or any form of di [...]

    4. I was intrigued to read this debut historical novel by Janet Ellis, set in 1763 London. Anne Jacob is a young lady of nineteen when we meet her; living an isolated life with her distant father and a careworn mother, who has experienced a ‘string of small deaths’ in her desire to give her husband the son he craves. When we begin this novel, Anne’s mother has just given birth to a daughter. This is to be celebrated, as the baby lives, but it soon becomes obvious that the members of the house [...]

    5. What a fab read. A dark quirky historical novel which had me hooked by the writing, the plot and the main character Anne. Was swiftly lost in it and hooked (pun intended) until the end.

    6. Normally I wouldn't pick up historical fiction (although I've been doing way more of that this year), but The Butcher's Hook is a historical fiction novel for those of us with darker, seedier tastes. Set in the Georgian era, as opposed to the more commonly written-about Victorian period, we are greeted with a dirtier, less refined picture of London where even the upper-class aren't as respectable as they would have us believe.The Butcher's Hook follows 19 year old Anne Jacob, a girl who comes fr [...]

    7. A gritty and gruesome novel that had me completely gripped from the offset.Set in Victorian London, we follow young Anne Jaccob as she defies the wishes of her family; they have arranged a marriage for her but Anne can't think of anything worse than being the wife of Simeon Onions. This arrangement becomes more of a struggle as Anne discovers she is falling for the butchers boy, Fub. Obsessed with the idea of leaving her home and running away with Fub, Anne finds herself in some very sticky situ [...]

    8. 'Every girl hopes to find love and situation neatly bundled. It is hardly ever so.’ No truer word spoken. If only Anne had paid attentionFantastic read! Loved it. What a delicious main character Anne is and how refreshing to have a hormonal teenager, needy and unbalanced as the central figure of the story I really felt for and with her for much of the story and then the reader becomes slightly uneasy.I won't say more: find out for yourself!

    9. Great debut! My favorite part is the writing itself. I am also a huge fan of historical fiction, especially when it takes place in England. The time is 1763 and Anna, our MC, is coming of age. Nothing light and fluffy about this tale though. This is dark, gritty and sometimes gross. This was almost a five star read for me, but some Anna's antics are a little OTT. Never the less, an awesome read and I look forward to what this author writes next.

    10. Janet Ellis' debut novel is a bawdy coming of age tale set in Georgian London. Our protagonist, Anne Jaccob, is the eldest daughter of a middle-class family, whose boorish father seems intent on marrying her off to the wealthiest suitor. Far removed from Jane Austen's world of rural gentility, Anne hopes to flee her father's tyranny by seeking romance with Fub, the butcher's boy. Thus she enters the dark and violent underbelly of Georgian London with all its sights and smells being vividly prese [...]

    11. I'm glad I missed the hype around this book as perhaps I would've been expecting something different otherwise! It's definitely a macabre tale, telling the story of Anne, a young, girl in Georgian London. Naturally her parents (particularly her father) want to marry her off to someone they consider suitable. She has other ideas. I liked Anne who was feisty and determined and who had ambivalent feelings towards her newborn sister as well as her own mother, while resenting her father and his influ [...]

    12. This novel has quite the body count. Normally I hate hiding ARC reviews behind spoiler-walls, but it’s got to be done in this case….I received an ARC of The Butcher’s Hook for free from House of Anansi Press in return for an honest review. And I will be honest: this book squicked me out a bit. I loves me the free books, though, and if you want me to talk about how much your book squicked me out, get in touch!Janet Ellis serves up what seems, at first, to be a fairly standard piece of histo [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this debut offering from Janet Ellis (of Blue Peter fame) I heard quite a loud buzz about this, as one of THE books to read in 2016 and spotted it on a few favourite lists, so I was eager to read it before it becomes over hyped.I was hoping it would completely blow my socks off and it did captivate and entertain me to a large degree. None of the characters are very likeable, they are all just a teeny bit larger than life, charicatured with an almost Dickensian tongue in cheek.Th [...]

    14. I've spent a lot of time lately thinking about life in 18th century England and America. One constantly recurring thought I've been having is how even for the upper classes it must still have been a muddy, odorous, and dark existence, for the lack of modern medicine, indoor plumbing and electric lighting. I look for dirty fingernails when I watch costume dramas, and think about the hint of sourness underneath all the powder, wigs, and fine clothes. I'm fascinated by the time as a transition peri [...]

    15. I've been so tempted to give this book 1 star. Is it bad? No. It is average. Objectively, if things had been different, I would've given it 3 stars. I had a massive problem with it though: I HATED THE MAIN CHARACTER. HATED HER WITH A PASSION. I haven't felt that way about any character in a while. She tries to make you empathise with her because her father is going to marry her to a man she doesn't love (how original in Georgian London) but in reality Anne is one vicious, heartless bitch.So, in [...]

    16. I got this book at 5 pm 6 hours later done! Oh my gosh I'm blown away and truly in love this book was amazing wonderful, strong willed and stunning! I fell in love with the writing and the story. I cried and felt dread and happiness.I began and ended this world in 6 hours and already want to back inside it!Thank you Amanda

    17. This was a hard book to rate. Do I give it a 2 star because it took a lot to get into the story or do I give it a 4 star because the main character was so warped in her thinking and so horrible in her actions that I found her fascinating. As you see 4 stars won. Strange because it is a book I will not be reading again. After I read the book I had a close look at the pictures on the cover and they are cleaver because they are showing you some of the main things that happen in the story. I liked t [...]

    18. Blimey. This wasn't what I was expecting from an ex Blue Peter presenter. It is dark, chilling and ever so slightly twisted - and I loved it. Anne Jaccob is a character that I found distinctly unlikeable, while feeling sorry for her at the same time. Some pretty horrid stuff happens to her, and this does seem to make her an unlikeable character, but one that draws you in, so that even if you wanted to look away, you couldn't. A dark, compelling story of obsessive desire, watching Anne's obsessio [...]

    19. What an anachronistic load of attempted shock and horror. There is a genuine delight in reading a novel with an anti-hero at its centre; what a shame then that this novel gives us an anti-heroine with absolutely no interest or appeal. It's 1753 and Anne is depressed and isolated in a grim household still mourning the death of a treasured young son, her only (temporarily) surviving sibling. Her trauma over his loss leads her on a path of destruction that includes a surprisingly liberated attitude [...]

    20. This book was a dream. It is all I could ever ask for and the cover quaintly matches my drink bottle - it was like living an Instagram flat lay.

    21. Brace yourselves.I read a romance book.And I liked it.Of course, it’s a twisted, disturbing romance with a main character who murders her romantic rivals, but that’s a small detail. I’m still counting this as a romance.Anne Jaccob is a nineteen-year-old woman living in London in the mid-1700s. She’s an upper-class lady who’s used to getting whatever she wants. Her parents have money, and Anne has servants to take care of her every whim. She’s very sheltered. Her parents rarely let he [...]

    22. The general outline of this story isn't original but Ellis has cleverly taken an old story and, by introducing a number of twists, has created a principal character who is quite unique.At first we're encouraged to sympathise with Anne. She is caught in a trap like so many women in early 18th century Britain, she doesn't have a great deal of independence and her marriage will be arranged so that it suits the males concerned, her father and whoever he chooses for her to marry. (I say 'many women' [...]

    23. Originally posted here''We do not need pretty rainbows, Fub and I. We will not brush hands at a dance or exchange covert glances in the back of a carriage. That is a sugary romance, collapsing in brittle shards when you bite. Ours is as chewy as glue."Set in Georgian London in 1763, nineteen year old Anne Jaccobs leads quite a dull life. Cloistered by her family she has no friends and rarely leaves the house. The butcher's boy, Fub delivers meat to the household one day and inadvertently meets A [...]

    24. I received a copy of The Butcher’s Hook from Hachette New Zealand to review. When I read the synopsis of this I thought it sounded like something I’d like. I was not what I was expecting.Anne is such a weird person and is a very hard character to like. I get that she led a very sheltered life, with no friends, and I think that may have affected her. Anne has a way of making some of the people around her do what she wants. She can wrap them around her little finger and they believe her lies [...]

    25. Such great writing. I loved how the metaphors got grosser and darker as the novel progressed. Quite a unique story too - I've not read anything quite like it before. Highly recommend. Similar dark content to the novel Perfume although I think this story is much more interesting and fun.

    26. From the author's note: I was fascinated by the idea that, three hundred years ago, an undereducated young woman with a smart mind and febrile imagination would have very little to go on when it came to making sense of, and dealing with, her world. She'd have hardly any conversation with anyone, there'd be precious little communication with her peer group and the impositions of her rank and gender meant that she'd have to find a way of coping with what happened to her and that way turned out to [...]

    27. Like many of you I only knew Janet Ellis as a Blue Peter presenter. So I had slight reservations about her first novel; no reason why I should feel that way but it's sometimes hard to imagine people in a sphere other than the one we're used to.However I'm pleased to say that Janet Ellis has scored a hit with this novel. I really enjoyed it and will certainly look out for her second. It was refreshing to read a novel set in the Georgian period, a part of history that I particularly love. Victoria [...]

    28. This book is a rather twisted tale, but I felt that the portrayal of the protagonist was lacking in some depth. I just didn’t feel what was driving her to the actions she took. Maybe she was just a psychopath, but I didn’t get that from the text either. Otherwise, this was well written and entertaining. 3.5 ⭐️

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