The Butcher and the Wren: A Novel



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.

Now with an exclusive sneak peek at the highly anticipated sequel!
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256 pages

Average rating: 7.65




Community Reviews

Cheech Wiley
Jun 14, 2024
4/10 stars
Great read! The end was good but left me so unsatisfied.
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Jun 04, 2024
9/10 stars
Loved reading this one; very twisted but I loved it! I enjoyed getting inside the head of a detective and a criminal..
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Mar 04, 2024
7/10 stars
Easy to read and efficient storytelling. Got a little muddled in the middle and end there for me. Would probably recommend for true crime fans.
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Feb 02, 2024
10/10 stars
wonderful book! I loved her writing style as well
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Jan 25, 2024
10/10 stars
I’m giving this book SIX stars but in my mind only four stars because of the ending!!!! How DARE you do us dirty like that Alaina!!! *insert Tyra “we were ALL rooting for you!”* GIF.

But seriously this audio book got me through the drive from Texas to North Dakota and I felt sooo many emotions. Wren really had me in the first half but then damn….

Also don’t think I didn’t get the not so subtle Bundy ties with this man’s!

Alaina made all the geeky mortician terms seem super understandable and the whole time I was just nodding along like “heck yeah liver mortis she talks about that on the pod!” And “how dare he refrigerate that girls body and mess with the science!!!”

I also laughed a fair bit too because obviously my top two pod girlies always has to make us laugh no matter how gruesome the story is that she’s telling. #palatecleanser
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