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New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub is the master of psychological suspense. In her latest thriller, an investigative genealogist digs for her own biological roots, well aware that some secrets are better left buried. Investigative genealogist Amelia Crenshaw solves clients’ genetic puzzles, while hers remains shrouded in mystery. Now she suspects that the k New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub is the master of psychological suspense. In her latest thriller, an investigative genealogist digs for her own biological roots, well aware that some secrets are better left buried. Investigative genealogist Amelia Crenshaw solves clients’ genetic puzzles, while hers remains shrouded in mystery. Now she suspects that the key to her birth parents’ identities lies in an unexpected connection to a stranger who’s hired her to find his long-lost daughter. Bracing herself for a shocking truth, Amelia is blindsided by a deadly one. NYPD Detective Stockton Barnes had walked away from his only child for her own good. He’ll lay down his life to protect her if he and Amelia can find out where—and who—she is. But someone has beat them to it, and she has a lethal score to settle. Amelia and Stockton’s entangled roots have unearthed a femme fatale whose family tree holds one of history’s most notorious killers. And the apple never falls far…


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New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub is the master of psychological suspense. In her latest thriller, an investigative genealogist digs for her own biological roots, well aware that some secrets are better left buried. Investigative genealogist Amelia Crenshaw solves clients’ genetic puzzles, while hers remains shrouded in mystery. Now she suspects that the k New York Times bestselling author Wendy Corsi Staub is the master of psychological suspense. In her latest thriller, an investigative genealogist digs for her own biological roots, well aware that some secrets are better left buried. Investigative genealogist Amelia Crenshaw solves clients’ genetic puzzles, while hers remains shrouded in mystery. Now she suspects that the key to her birth parents’ identities lies in an unexpected connection to a stranger who’s hired her to find his long-lost daughter. Bracing herself for a shocking truth, Amelia is blindsided by a deadly one. NYPD Detective Stockton Barnes had walked away from his only child for her own good. He’ll lay down his life to protect her if he and Amelia can find out where—and who—she is. But someone has beat them to it, and she has a lethal score to settle. Amelia and Stockton’s entangled roots have unearthed a femme fatale whose family tree holds one of history’s most notorious killers. And the apple never falls far…

30 review for The Butcher's Daughter

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jen

    Thank you William Morrow and Netgalley for my arc I am not aware that this book is a part of a series and in fact the third book already. There’s a few things that was mentioned that may be from the first two books, not a big deal, I was able to catch up still. A story told between past and present, which is written great. It is simultaneous that it actually answers many questions on pending mysteries. The characters are likeable. Plot is very intriguing. Author’s writing style is good. Will defi Thank you William Morrow and Netgalley for my arc I am not aware that this book is a part of a series and in fact the third book already. There’s a few things that was mentioned that may be from the first two books, not a big deal, I was able to catch up still. A story told between past and present, which is written great. It is simultaneous that it actually answers many questions on pending mysteries. The characters are likeable. Plot is very intriguing. Author’s writing style is good. Will definitely check more of this author’s work.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Kayci

    *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* The Butcher's Daughter is the finale of a series but reads well as a standalone. Amelia is searching for her birth parents, helping NYPD officer Stockton Barnes find his daughter, and also pulled into a murder investigation tying back to religious fanatics, the Butcher and his daughter Gypsy. Taking place in both present day and 1968, Staub draws parallels between the powder keg that was the United States during the Ci *ARC provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.* The Butcher's Daughter is the finale of a series but reads well as a standalone. Amelia is searching for her birth parents, helping NYPD officer Stockton Barnes find his daughter, and also pulled into a murder investigation tying back to religious fanatics, the Butcher and his daughter Gypsy. Taking place in both present day and 1968, Staub draws parallels between the powder keg that was the United States during the Civil Rights and Vietnam Era with current day. While there were a lot of characters to keep track of, and some that seemed less important than others in this storyline, overall character development was good. I enjoyed the pieces with Melody, Cyril, and Honeybee in the South during 1968 equally as much as Amelia and Stockton's search for answers in the present. There is enough question of identity and who is trustworthy to create tension, and the ultimate resolution that comes in the final chapters when Gypsy's final plan begins to unravel is satisfying and well paced. I enjoyed watching these storylines develop and converge throughout the novel and will definitely be revisiting this series to read from the beginning.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Deb Palmer-Distante

    I picked up this book because I’d enjoyed a previous series by Staub and the premise of this sounded intriguing. Sadly, it did not fulfill my expectations. The book is set in two different time frames, 2017 and 1968, and the events of the two timelines were supposedly interconnected. Those connections, however, were never really made clear, for the most part. The events of 1968 were fairly easy to follow, although the rationale behind The Butcher’s beliefs and actions (and what his ultimate goal I picked up this book because I’d enjoyed a previous series by Staub and the premise of this sounded intriguing. Sadly, it did not fulfill my expectations. The book is set in two different time frames, 2017 and 1968, and the events of the two timelines were supposedly interconnected. Those connections, however, were never really made clear, for the most part. The events of 1968 were fairly easy to follow, although the rationale behind The Butcher’s beliefs and actions (and what his ultimate goals were) was never given. He obviously had a whole belief system built up in his mind but it’s never explained to us. Conversely, the wide and varied cast of characters from 2017 were a lot harder tp keep track of. I’m also not sure what some of them were even there for. It seemed like they were all a part of Gypsy’s master plan (although, once again, exactly what her master plan consisted of and why she was so intent on carrying it out was never explained) but there was no reason why some of them were in her sights. Events and people from between the two time frames were sometimes mentioned but, again, we were given no real information on who they were or why they acted at that time. Who was Red? What was the impetus behind those copycat murders? Gypsy’s “followers” in Cuba are mentioned multiple times but there’s never really an explanation for why they were following her or what they were expecting. I’m guessing we’re meant to believe she’s carrying on her father’s “ministry” but since his beliefs were never really explained, we’re still pretty much left in the dark. And the Gypsy that we’ve been introduced to in 1968 gives no indication that she’d make a charismatic cult leader. The character that’s given the most development, Amelia, is what kept me reading. I still have no idea how or why either she or Stockton Barnes ended up on Gypsy’s list. It really made no sense at all. It’s almost as if there were two separate stories being told and the author was struggling to find some way to tie them together into a cohesive whole. Sadly, she failed. Between the events in Florida in 1968 and Amelia’s quest to figure out her parentage in 2017, there’s a great storyline that kept me interested. By itself, that would have been a great read and this review would have been much different. The other storyline that we’re given, that of The Butcher and his daughter, never feels fleshed out. There are two many missing pieces and the elements that make a good, suspenseful story are nowhere to be found. All in all, I was really disappointed in this one and had just as many questions about The Butcher and his daughter at the end of the book as I had at the beginning.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Rose

    I have mixed feelings about this book. It was gory at times, and hard to imagine a woman capable of such evil. At other times, the book was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. The book is told in alternate timelines, 1968 and 2017. In 1968, with racial tensions high, Melody and Cyril have a forbidden relationship in the Deep South. Gypsy, the butcher’s daughter, begins to suspect her father of unspeakable crimes. In 2017, Amelia is helping foundlings (those abandoned in childhood) find their bi I have mixed feelings about this book. It was gory at times, and hard to imagine a woman capable of such evil. At other times, the book was both heartbreaking and heartwarming. The book is told in alternate timelines, 1968 and 2017. In 1968, with racial tensions high, Melody and Cyril have a forbidden relationship in the Deep South. Gypsy, the butcher’s daughter, begins to suspect her father of unspeakable crimes. In 2017, Amelia is helping foundlings (those abandoned in childhood) find their birth families. Amelia is working with NYPD detective, Stockton Barnes, who himself has a daughter who was abandoned and lost to him. This is Book 3 in the foundling series, and I think I would have enjoyed the book more had I read the earlier books. I was not aware of this before I began reading. I did like the way the book wrapped up, but I thought it was difficult keeping some of the characters straight. Thanks to The Scene of the Crime/William Morrow/Harper Collins/NetGalley for the ARC. #TheButchersDaughter #WendyCorsiStaub #WilliamMorrow #HarperCollins #NetGalley

  5. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Murphy

    This was a tough book to rate. I started it not realizing it was the third book in a trilogy and spending the first quarter of the book asking who *are* these people? Once I did some research and found it was the third book, I had too much time invested to stop and read the first two. I read the marketing blurbs for the first two books and that helped. Once I bought into not knowing all of the backstories, it was a terrific read. The story alternates in time between 1968 and 2017. Set in New York This was a tough book to rate. I started it not realizing it was the third book in a trilogy and spending the first quarter of the book asking who *are* these people? Once I did some research and found it was the third book, I had too much time invested to stop and read the first two. I read the marketing blurbs for the first two books and that helped. Once I bought into not knowing all of the backstories, it was a terrific read. The story alternates in time between 1968 and 2017. Set in New York in 2017, it follows two characters, Stockton Barns and Amelia Haines as they are respectively trying to find a child born out of wedlock and biological parents. Switching to the South in 1968, the story is mostly about a white woman, Melody Hunter, finding out she is pregnant with her Black lovers child while her husband is fighting in Viet Nam. Woven between these two time lines is the mysterious, deadly Gypsy Colt, first as a child growing up in 1968, then as an adult in 2017. How the author ties the characters and their their quests together is masterful. This was an excellently written and tightly-plotted book. There were enough twists to surprise me even though I had a good idea how things were going to turn out. This is the first book I have read by this author but now that she is on my radar, certainly not the last. Many thanks to William Morrow, NetGalley and Wendy Corsi Staub for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review. It was a pleasure.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Steffi

    I had the opportunity to read and review this book through the FB group Scene of the Crime and an ARC on NetGalley. This is my first encounter with Wendy Corsi Staub. I had a lot of difficulty getting a foothold in this book. The first third to half was filled with too many characters for me to keep track. Looking back, I'm still not sure what their purpose was. Once the story "settled" down and focused on only a handful of characters the story, for me, became a better, faster-paced thriller. I f I had the opportunity to read and review this book through the FB group Scene of the Crime and an ARC on NetGalley. This is my first encounter with Wendy Corsi Staub. I had a lot of difficulty getting a foothold in this book. The first third to half was filled with too many characters for me to keep track. Looking back, I'm still not sure what their purpose was. Once the story "settled" down and focused on only a handful of characters the story, for me, became a better, faster-paced thriller. I felt that the author was trying to weave together two very disparate stories. If she had focused on one or the other I think that would have been better overall. Even though the title is The Butcher's Daughter, I felt that there were a lot of gaps in Gypsy's story, and even Gypsy, as a character, was almost tangential. The arc of Amelia's search for her biological family, and her biological family's origin story was a much stronger, better-drawn narrative. Since this is part of a series I may be missing important information that was presented in the earlier books. Have to decide if it's worth reading them to find out what I might have been missing.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather

    I was sent The Butcher's Daughter by Wendy Corsi Staub by William Morrow-HaperCollins Publishing as an ARC to give my honest opinion on. I just couldn't connect with this book. This is the final book in a triology. I have not read any of the other books. Lots of characters, too many to keep up with. Between the changing of time and changing of names over the years to protect the identity, its just too much. There is a lot of dialogue to read through and I will admit, I got lost in it. With that I was sent The Butcher's Daughter by Wendy Corsi Staub by William Morrow-HaperCollins Publishing as an ARC to give my honest opinion on. I just couldn't connect with this book. This is the final book in a triology. I have not read any of the other books. Lots of characters, too many to keep up with. Between the changing of time and changing of names over the years to protect the identity, its just too much. There is a lot of dialogue to read through and I will admit, I got lost in it. With that being said, I did enjoy the story line that took place in the 1960's. I could have read a whole book on that time, especially the story between Melody and Cyril. They had a beautiful, tragic love story that carried Melody through her years. Honestly, that was the only part of the book that kept me going. I struggled with this book. Special thanks to NetGalley, Wendy Corsi Staub, and William Morrow-HarperCollins Publishing for the ARC in exchange for my honest opinion. #TheButchersDaughter #NetGalley

  8. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    I would like to thank edelweiss and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I have always liked Wendy's books and started this series with a bit of trepidation as I had been hoping for more Mundy's Landing stories, but once I started it, it was a fresh, new story all it's own and it hooked me right in. This book is no exception, I have enjoyed the main character throughout this series and the ups and downs she goes through. It has interesting characters, plotline and I would like to thank edelweiss and the publisher for an advance copy in exchange for an honest review. I have always liked Wendy's books and started this series with a bit of trepidation as I had been hoping for more Mundy's Landing stories, but once I started it, it was a fresh, new story all it's own and it hooked me right in. This book is no exception, I have enjoyed the main character throughout this series and the ups and downs she goes through. It has interesting characters, plotline and mystery, it will definitely keep you interested.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Clare Gilmore

    I have read all of Wendy Corsi Staub's books and they are all good. I couldn't put this one down. I read it in one sitting. The mystery was intriguing and I like how it wrapped up all the loose ends from the other two books. One of my favorite mystery series.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Kristen

    This is the third book in a trilogy and in order to fully understand what is going on you would need to read the first two books. I was lucky enough to be able to reread the first two books before starting this one and felt that Wendy was able to make the connections from book to book though you did have to pay close attention and maybe write down some of the characters and how they fit into the story because there were many of them. The dual timeline, past and present, contributes to understand This is the third book in a trilogy and in order to fully understand what is going on you would need to read the first two books. I was lucky enough to be able to reread the first two books before starting this one and felt that Wendy was able to make the connections from book to book though you did have to pay close attention and maybe write down some of the characters and how they fit into the story because there were many of them. The dual timeline, past and present, contributes to understanding how things in the past have led up to the events of the present. I voluntarily reviewed an advanced readers copy of this book thanks to the publisher, William Morrow, and The Scene of the Crime Facebook Group

  11. 5 out of 5

    Michelle Fairchild

    This is a tale of life coming full circle. Amelia and Gpysy's life is more entwine than they expected. It was hard to get into the story as in the beginning it's confusing. The time line does help with untangling some of the webs. It's an interesting read as I'm not used to the way the author wrote. The author's tone takes you to a different time and especially the way each characters speaks. It's the twang of the South. A little harder to read like Shakespeare, but very enjoyable and authentic. This is a tale of life coming full circle. Amelia and Gpysy's life is more entwine than they expected. It was hard to get into the story as in the beginning it's confusing. The time line does help with untangling some of the webs. It's an interesting read as I'm not used to the way the author wrote. The author's tone takes you to a different time and especially the way each characters speaks. It's the twang of the South. A little harder to read like Shakespeare, but very enjoyable and authentic. Thank you to HarperCollins Publishing and Netgalley for this amazing ARC in exchange an honest review.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dsbook

    I normally love every book the Wendy Corsi Staub writes but I had a hard time with this book. There were way too many characters and I kept getting confused with all the names and the story line

  13. 5 out of 5

    Sara ✨ Next Book Review Blog ✨

    I have enjoyed several Wendy Corsi Straub books over the years. I wish I had realized this was part of a series but I didn't until I started it. It didn't seem completely necessary to read the first two books in the Foundlings Trilogy but there were a few things that I felt in the dark over... so my recommendation would be that you read the first two books to get the full experience from this final story. Now, this final book, The Butcher's Daughter goes back and forth between two timelines. We I have enjoyed several Wendy Corsi Straub books over the years. I wish I had realized this was part of a series but I didn't until I started it. It didn't seem completely necessary to read the first two books in the Foundlings Trilogy but there were a few things that I felt in the dark over... so my recommendation would be that you read the first two books to get the full experience from this final story. Now, this final book, The Butcher's Daughter goes back and forth between two timelines. We alternate between present day and 1968. Now if you enjou history, I don't but still, you'll know this was a very contentious time in the American history. We have a very tumultuous time of the Vietnam and Civil Rights era... we weren't just battling for the rights of African Americans (as we still are unfortunately) but for the rights as females... as women. The Butcher's Daughter really connects the social injusts of the 60s. Staub seamlessly blends and connects the two timelines. I was glad I was reading a print copy of this and not listening to an audiobook since there was a lot of characters to keep track of. I really fell for those southern ladies in 1968... Melody and Honeybee were great. Stockton and Amelia are they two lead characters in the 2017 timeline. Their character development is the best and I really enjoyed their relationship. Gypsy Colt is the connection. This isn't exactly a "who dun it" story but a mystery into the hows and whys... some of my favorite mysteries. Gypsy was only a child in 68 and we get to see the development of the character over the time and into 2017. Really this area is the best and worst of the book. There was so many characters that I did feel slightly lost at times and confused. I really think I could have fixed that by reading the first two books. However, this is still a great story without those first books. You just have a lot of characters tossed at you at once and little time to get to know them. The best part is the way Straub weaves these characters together making me gasp a bit (which is no easy feat these days). The plot was so excellently put together. Once I got to those last several pages, I rapidly finished. This is one of those stories that you get answers to your questions step by step. However, you won't see the overall picture until that very last piece is found and placed squarely where it goes, and then... que musical 'ahhhhh' in the background... there it is! I had my own thoughts along the way, after all, it's partly the reason I read these books. It's like playing Clue in my mind. I might have had a few of the cards lined up but I wasn't quite seeing the entire picture until Wendy Corsi Straub laid it all out! Thank you to William Morrow/HarperCollins Publishers for sending an advanced copy of The Butcher's Daughter. I was not required to leave a review, positive or otherwise, and my opinions are just that... my opinions.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bookreporter.com Mystery & Thriller

    Amelia Crenshaw Haines has no idea who her birth parents are, a mystery that played a key role in her becoming an investigative genealogist who helps others find answers about their ancestry and lost relatives. When she’s hired by NYPD Detective Stockton Barnes to help find the daughter he walked away from years ago, she unexpectedly begins a perilous journey that will lead her to shocking truths and an unforeseen connection to her client. Their search will lead them to events and relationships Amelia Crenshaw Haines has no idea who her birth parents are, a mystery that played a key role in her becoming an investigative genealogist who helps others find answers about their ancestry and lost relatives. When she’s hired by NYPD Detective Stockton Barnes to help find the daughter he walked away from years ago, she unexpectedly begins a perilous journey that will lead her to shocking truths and an unforeseen connection to her client. Their search will lead them to events and relationships forged in the prejudiced backdrop of the 1960s, when tensions were high, protests targeted racism and the Vietnam War, and skeletons were tucked into tightly locked closets. THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER, the third book in The Foundlings series, takes readers down a twisted path of dark secrets, romance and psychological suspense as it moves from 2017 to 1968 and back again. As Amelia and Stockton continue their search for his daughter, they discover she’s already been found…by someone with deadly intentions. But the investigation also reveals their own roots, which entangle in ways they never could have imagined. The combination of these two factors puts them in the potentially fatal sights of a ruthless killer. Journeying back to where it all began in 1968, readers will meet Melody, the young wife of a soldier deployed to the front lines in Vietnam. In his absence, Melody discovers that her husband is part of the Ku Klux Klan and has no desire to remain married to such a man. When she falls in love with Cyril, a Black man, she knows they must hide their forbidden relationship. That’s not going to be easy now that Melody is pregnant with a biracial baby. Pain and heartache envelop these two likable characters, as Melody and Cyril struggle to embrace love and figure out a future for their baby in a racist world. Author Wendy Corsi Staub paints a painfully clear picture of racism in the ’60s, with its harsh perspectives based on ignorance and fear, its monumental challenges for mixed-race relationships, the agonizing decisions it forces people to make, and the future impact of those choices. She does this by using a variety of realistic and emotionally powerful scenes and subplots, with relatable characters, detestable villains and believable dialogue. I did not read the first two installments of the series, which likely contributed to the confusion I often felt while reading it. The book is weighed down by too many characters and names of people who may have appeared in the previous entries. Not only does it alternate multiple times from 2017 to 1968, it also switches to different characters, scenes and locations within the timelines. It does, however, all come together with a climactic ending. Reviewed by Susan Miura

  15. 4 out of 5

    Christine

    Amelia Crenshaw Haines was abandoned at a church in Harlem when she was an infant, but was found by a local family and adopted. She grew up to become a genealogy consultant to help other foundlings locate their biological families. She is also still trying to trace her own family. Amelia thinks her latest client, NYPD Detective Stockton Barnes who is trying to find his daughter, may be able to help in Amelia’s personal search for her family. However, something about their search may have put bot Amelia Crenshaw Haines was abandoned at a church in Harlem when she was an infant, but was found by a local family and adopted. She grew up to become a genealogy consultant to help other foundlings locate their biological families. She is also still trying to trace her own family. Amelia thinks her latest client, NYPD Detective Stockton Barnes who is trying to find his daughter, may be able to help in Amelia’s personal search for her family. However, something about their search may have put both of them in the crosshairs of a ruthless killer. I have enjoyed many books by Wendy Corsi Staub and I enjoy her style of writing. I didn’t realize this book was the third book of a trilogy when I started reading it. This is definitely not a standalone novel. There are many parts of the book I enjoyed, but since I didn’t read the first two books, I could never catch up. A cast of characters at the front may have helped somewhat because this book has so many characters in it in different cities and timelines. I was a third of the way into the book before I could come close to figuring out how all the discounted parts of the book could come together into one plot. I enjoyed Amelia and Stockton’s story and wish more of the focus of the book would have been on them instead of all of the details about Gypsy’s childhood experiences. I also liked Melody’s story even though it’s heartbreaking and all too realistic. Overall, it’s an intriguing story but the suspense didn’t build as well as it could if the telling wasn’t so choppy. That being said, the last few chapters are very exciting and I loved the way the story wrapped up. I’m sure those who followed this trilogy from the beginning will be especially pleased. There are a lot of positives in the book and I will rate it 3.5 stars even though I was confused during much of the book. I will give the book the benefit of the doubt and assume it’s because I didn’t read the prior two books. Thank you to NetGalley, William Morrow, and Scene of the Crime Early Reads for this ebook. An advance copy was provided to me at no cost, but my review is voluntary and unbiased.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Wulfwyn

    I did not read the first two books in the series. I actually did not realize it was a trilogy until I was finished. I had a bit of difficulty in getting into this book. I started it a couple of times before I read enough that it was difficult to put down. Perhaps if I had known there were two previous books, beginning this one would have been smoother. Once I got into the story, though, I was hooked. There are a lot of characters in this book. The timeline jumps around a lot too. Those both cont I did not read the first two books in the series. I actually did not realize it was a trilogy until I was finished. I had a bit of difficulty in getting into this book. I started it a couple of times before I read enough that it was difficult to put down. Perhaps if I had known there were two previous books, beginning this one would have been smoother. Once I got into the story, though, I was hooked. There are a lot of characters in this book. The timeline jumps around a lot too. Those both contributed to my difficulty with the beginning. I would make the suggestion, to the author, perhaps a character list with time line and places might be of value to readers. It would have helped me early on. Once I got into the story and figured out connections, times and places, it was a truly interesting story. It dealt with social issues from the 60’s and 70’s that we still, to an extent, are dealing with today. I was a child back then but I have a lot of memories of marches and violence. I enjoyed the various storylines and how they connected. Some of the people I connected with in various ways. I do think, if you haven’t read the previous books, you may want to read the first one. I think this might be the best introduction to the characters. In hindsight I wish I had read it. I think it might have helped with Gypsy and Oran’s storyline the most. This might have made the beginning of this book more understandable for me. I would recommend this book to my friends but I would add that book 1 should also be read. I would suggest a notebook to keep track of characters and time zones. Thank you to William Morrow, Scene of the Crime, the author and NetGalley for providing a review copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Laurie Murphy

    This was a tough book to rate. I started it not realizing it was the third book in a trilogy and spending the first quarter of the book asking who *are* these people? Once I did some research and found it was the third book, I had too much time invested to stop and read the first two. I read the marketing blurbs for the first two books and that helped. Once I bought into not knowing all of the backstories, it was a terrific read. The story alternates in time between 1968 and 2017. Set in New York This was a tough book to rate. I started it not realizing it was the third book in a trilogy and spending the first quarter of the book asking who *are* these people? Once I did some research and found it was the third book, I had too much time invested to stop and read the first two. I read the marketing blurbs for the first two books and that helped. Once I bought into not knowing all of the backstories, it was a terrific read. The story alternates in time between 1968 and 2017. Set in New York in 2017, it follows two characters, Stockton Barns and Amelia Haines as they are respectively trying to find a child born out of wedlock and biological parents. Switching to the South in 1968, the story is mostly about a white woman, Melody Hunter, finding out she is pregnant with her Black lovers child while her husband is fighting in Viet Nam. Woven between these two time lines is the mysterious, deadly Gypsy Colt, first as a child growing up in 1968, then as an adult in 2017. How the author ties the characters and their their quests together is masterful. This was an excellently written and tightly-plotted book. There were enough twists to surprise me even though I had a good idea how things were going to turn out. This is the first book I have read by this author but now that she is on my radar, certainly not the last. Many thanks to William Morrow, NetGalley and Wendy Corsi Staub for the opportunity to read this book for an honest review. It was a pleasure. 3.5/5 stars

  18. 4 out of 5

    Brandy {The Review Booth}

    It's a little hard to grasp the characters and their relationships with each other. Since I'm coming into this trilogy with the third book I would guess that's why I'm having trouble staying interested and keeping things straight. There are a LOT of POV's in this book compared with the many thrillers I have read previously. The historical portions of the book are by far easier to follow along with - they're simpler and less cluttered than the story portions taking place in 2017. Melody and Cyril It's a little hard to grasp the characters and their relationships with each other. Since I'm coming into this trilogy with the third book I would guess that's why I'm having trouble staying interested and keeping things straight. There are a LOT of POV's in this book compared with the many thrillers I have read previously. The historical portions of the book are by far easier to follow along with - they're simpler and less cluttered than the story portions taking place in 2017. Melody and Cyril were by far my most favorite characters of the bunch - the ones who lost the most and deserved their happiness. I also enjoyed the atmosphere and descriptions of 1968 Georgia. The modern story taking place didn't have much of either making it that much harder to see and connect with. The Butcher's Daughter could be read as a standalone but should be read with the series. I think I would have been able to connect with and keep better track of the characters in the story of I had read the previous two books. I would not have requested to read it had I known that it was part of a trilogy. I would recommend this book to readers who enjoy thrillers/suspense/mysteries, and serial killers. Thank you to William Morrow, Scene of the Crime Facebook Group, and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this book - all opinions are my own. *Rounded from 3.5 stars*

  19. 5 out of 5

    Melanie Sligh

    Review: 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️/5 Y’all, I was confused for the entire first 1/3 of the book. There were so many characters being introduced and all had names and nicknames. I felt like I needed a cork board to string their relationships together. I know I reread the first 40 pages 3 times to see if I missed something about another character being introduced. There’s three different stories being told and all of them were hard to follow. However, once we got through the confusion, we had a good and full Review: 🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️🏃🏻‍♀️/5 Y’all, I was confused for the entire first 1/3 of the book. There were so many characters being introduced and all had names and nicknames. I felt like I needed a cork board to string their relationships together. I know I reread the first 40 pages 3 times to see if I missed something about another character being introduced. There’s three different stories being told and all of them were hard to follow. However, once we got through the confusion, we had a good and full plot. It was fast paced and really put the “thrill” in thriller. The characters were really great and vast. (One i Nancy Drew’ed and figured out who was who) The story goes from 1968 (Vietnam, Racial Tensions) and present day, so we had KKK members, suburban housewives, a serial killer, a genealogist, a police officer.. I mean basically 2020 but 1968. I really like Amelia’s parts of the book, and am hoping book 1 and 2 of the series has more of her. This is the 3rd in the series, but can be read a s a stand-alone. This is available now! Thank you William Morrow for the gifted copy.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kathleen Gray

    Moving between 1968 and 2017, this is a story of two people looking for those they've lost and finding something they did not expect. Know that this is the third in a series- I read the first but not the second so this was more or less a standalone for me. Staub does a good job of providing info on the back stories so that you'll be fine if it's the first one for you. Amelia is an expert at finding lost people but she's never been able to find her bio-parents. Stockton Barnes wants to find his d Moving between 1968 and 2017, this is a story of two people looking for those they've lost and finding something they did not expect. Know that this is the third in a series- I read the first but not the second so this was more or less a standalone for me. Staub does a good job of providing info on the back stories so that you'll be fine if it's the first one for you. Amelia is an expert at finding lost people but she's never been able to find her bio-parents. Stockton Barnes wants to find his daughter. How do the two strands of the novel connect and who is Gypsy, exactly? We know that Gypsy is an evil woman but how did she get the way and how does she relate to Amelia and Stockton. No spoilers from me! it's twisty, a bit over the top at times, but a good one for those who like thrillers. Amelia is a sympathetic character (although I have to say, given what she already knew, some things might have been better left alone.). Thanks to the publisher for the ARC. A page turner.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Ginka

    Great, mystery and suspense, but wish I had read the first two books in the Trilogy as there were so many characters and backstories that I needed to know. Amelia is a genealogist looking for her birth parents. Stockton Barnes is a detective of the NYPD investigating a murder of mother and daughter that circle back possibly to him and his daughter from a one night stand who he turned his back on believing his daughter would have a better life without him in it. Did she have a better life? In thi Great, mystery and suspense, but wish I had read the first two books in the Trilogy as there were so many characters and backstories that I needed to know. Amelia is a genealogist looking for her birth parents. Stockton Barnes is a detective of the NYPD investigating a murder of mother and daughter that circle back possibly to him and his daughter from a one night stand who he turned his back on believing his daughter would have a better life without him in it. Did she have a better life? In this book, the Foundling wasn't explained, which put me at a disadvantage and I had a hard time trying to keep up with the three generations and names who was who. Did enjoy Macheline LeBlanc and what she was able to do. Plenty of twists and turns with the deep south with racists overtones and KKK. Gullah/Geechie community in SC and migration to the New York, with mentions of the Bronx, Harlem and Brooklyn. Author captured SC and NY vibes authentically. Received an ARC from William Morrow Books through NetGalley from the Scene of the Crime Facebook Group.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Marian Weber

    This is my first read by Wendy Corsi Staub. The Butcher’s Daughter is the third book in a trilogy but advertised as easy to read as a stand-alone. Because I had not read the first two books, I was confused at the beginning of this book, but I was able to catch up with the characters. The Butcher’s Daughter went back and forth between present day genealogy consultant Amelia Haines working with her client NYPD Detective Stockton Barnes who is searching for his daughter, and the 1960’s lives of Mel This is my first read by Wendy Corsi Staub. The Butcher’s Daughter is the third book in a trilogy but advertised as easy to read as a stand-alone. Because I had not read the first two books, I was confused at the beginning of this book, but I was able to catch up with the characters. The Butcher’s Daughter went back and forth between present day genealogy consultant Amelia Haines working with her client NYPD Detective Stockton Barnes who is searching for his daughter, and the 1960’s lives of Melody and Cyril. The two time periods were woven together well so that questions raised in one time period were answered by the other. Wendy Corsi Staub did a wonderful job portraying the racism of the 1960’s and the effect it had on people’s lives - both Caucasian and African American. I was a teen during that decade and found myself remembering my own experiences and weeping for the experiences of the characters in the book.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Yelton

    The Butcher's Daughter is the 3rd book in The Foundlings Trigoly. I hadn't read the previous books in the series, and normally that doesn't really keep me from falling in love with a book and author. For me this book was a little harder to fall in love with, at times I enjoyed the book and at other times I really didn't enjoy it at all. I really don't enjoy books that bounce back and forward between difference decades. I normally suggest others read a book and make their own opinion about the bo The Butcher's Daughter is the 3rd book in The Foundlings Trigoly. I hadn't read the previous books in the series, and normally that doesn't really keep me from falling in love with a book and author. For me this book was a little harder to fall in love with, at times I enjoyed the book and at other times I really didn't enjoy it at all. I really don't enjoy books that bounce back and forward between difference decades. I normally suggest others read a book and make their own opinion about the book, because not everyone enjoys the same type of books. I received a ARC from NetGalley and the publisher William Morrow-HarperCollins and am under no obligation to leave a favorable review, all opinions expressed here are my own.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Holly

    The Butcher's Daughter starts off slowly but escalates into a thrilling mystery. The story interweaves a tale of murder along with the mystery of finding Amelia's parents and Stockton's daughter. The mixing of the two seems a little weird at first but it all comes together about midway in the book. The story is original and well written. I liked Amelia's storyline more than I did the storyline about the murder and would be interested in reading more stories about Amelia searching for ancestral c The Butcher's Daughter starts off slowly but escalates into a thrilling mystery. The story interweaves a tale of murder along with the mystery of finding Amelia's parents and Stockton's daughter. The mixing of the two seems a little weird at first but it all comes together about midway in the book. The story is original and well written. I liked Amelia's storyline more than I did the storyline about the murder and would be interested in reading more stories about Amelia searching for ancestral connections. Thanks to Netgalley, William Morrow, and the Scene of the Crime Early Reads for the advanced copy of this book. The opinions are my own.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marcia Meakim

    Although I have enjoyed several of Wendy Corsi Staub’s books before, this one was not one of my favorites. I repeatedly found myself rereading to keep the characters straight. As I lived my youth in the 60’s, I enjoyed reminiscing and avidly read about Melody and Cyril. I found Amelia to be a very intriguing character and at times grew frustrated when the story drifted away from her quest to find her birth parents. The ending answered some of my lingering questions. Many thanks to Wendy Corsi St Although I have enjoyed several of Wendy Corsi Staub’s books before, this one was not one of my favorites. I repeatedly found myself rereading to keep the characters straight. As I lived my youth in the 60’s, I enjoyed reminiscing and avidly read about Melody and Cyril. I found Amelia to be a very intriguing character and at times grew frustrated when the story drifted away from her quest to find her birth parents. The ending answered some of my lingering questions. Many thanks to Wendy Corsi Staub, William Morrow, and NetGalley for affording me the opportunity to read an arc of this soon to be published book. Look for it on August 25th.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    My first read by this author. I wasn’t sure what to expect. At first there were several characters, as well as a couple of different timelines, and a bit confusing to keep clear which characters were in which. Once I felt comfortable defining the timelines and characters, I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed how the author wove the time lines together as well as the characters to tell the story of a child born out of wedlock and the search for biological parents. The suspense surrounding how much one w My first read by this author. I wasn’t sure what to expect. At first there were several characters, as well as a couple of different timelines, and a bit confusing to keep clear which characters were in which. Once I felt comfortable defining the timelines and characters, I enjoyed the book. I enjoyed how the author wove the time lines together as well as the characters to tell the story of a child born out of wedlock and the search for biological parents. The suspense surrounding how much one wants to find out about their lineage. I will definitely read more from this author. The writing style is brilliant. Thanks to Net Galley for the introduction to another wonderful author!

  27. 4 out of 5

    janelle_reads

    This is the third book in The Foundlings series but I did not know that when I received a copy to read. It can be read as a stand-alone, though some you miss some of the background for the main character, Detective Stockton. The story takes place between 1968 and 2017, Amelia is searching for her parents and helps Detective Stockton to try and find his daughter. The plot was good and the two storylines were woven together together well. I would have enjoyed this better if it were a little more f This is the third book in The Foundlings series but I did not know that when I received a copy to read. It can be read as a stand-alone, though some you miss some of the background for the main character, Detective Stockton. The story takes place between 1968 and 2017, Amelia is searching for her parents and helps Detective Stockton to try and find his daughter. The plot was good and the two storylines were woven together together well. I would have enjoyed this better if it were a little more fast paced. I have been a fan of Wendi Corsi Staub for many years and will definitely pick up her next book. Thank you NetGalley and William Morrow for this early copy for my honest review.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Lovely Loveday

    The third book in the highly anticipated Foundlings Trilogy by Wendy Corsi Staub is titled The Butcher's Daughter. A riveting thriller that pulls you in and sends you on a suspenseful journey that is full of twists and turns. The Butcher's Daughter is another shockingly dark book that is perfect for fans of Staub. While this is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, but you will understand more of the story if you read the series in order. The character development is intriguing and p The third book in the highly anticipated Foundlings Trilogy by Wendy Corsi Staub is titled The Butcher's Daughter. A riveting thriller that pulls you in and sends you on a suspenseful journey that is full of twists and turns. The Butcher's Daughter is another shockingly dark book that is perfect for fans of Staub. While this is part of a series, it can be read as a standalone, but you will understand more of the story if you read the series in order. The character development is intriguing and pulls you in at just the right time to keep you guessing. I enjoyed watching these storylines develop and converge throughout the novel and will be revisiting this series to read from the beginning. 

  29. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    “If you do not know where you are going to, at least you would want to know where you are coming from.” While investigative genealogist Amelia Crenshaw helps her clients to find their genetic connected roots, she is a step closer of finding her own, which is further entangled in twists and turns when a double homicide has hit close to home.. Wendy Corsi Staub has adeptly put together good-balanced of suspense, mystery, thrill and sentiment in her latest THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER. I would like to than “If you do not know where you are going to, at least you would want to know where you are coming from.” While investigative genealogist Amelia Crenshaw helps her clients to find their genetic connected roots, she is a step closer of finding her own, which is further entangled in twists and turns when a double homicide has hit close to home.. Wendy Corsi Staub has adeptly put together good-balanced of suspense, mystery, thrill and sentiment in her latest THE BUTCHER’S DAUGHTER. I would like to thank NetGalley, and Scene of the Crime Early Read for giving me the opportunity to enjoy this thrilling experience. #NetGalley #TheButchersDaughter

  30. 5 out of 5

    Sharon

    Thrilling psychological suspense novel by one of the masters of the genre! The story is on about an investigative genealogist, Amelia Crenshaw, and her search of her biological background. I was drawn in from the beginning as the author expertly introduced the characters and the background stories for them. They characters were well-defined and multi-layered. The plot had many intriguing threads, which the Ms. Staub brilliantly joined together to keep the reader engrossed until the very end. #Wi Thrilling psychological suspense novel by one of the masters of the genre! The story is on about an investigative genealogist, Amelia Crenshaw, and her search of her biological background. I was drawn in from the beginning as the author expertly introduced the characters and the background stories for them. They characters were well-defined and multi-layered. The plot had many intriguing threads, which the Ms. Staub brilliantly joined together to keep the reader engrossed until the very end. #WilliamMorrow #SceneOfTheCrime #TheButchersDaughter #WendyCorsiStaub #NetGalley

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