Book review: What Good Girls Do – Jonathan Butcher

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Mr Butcher is aptly named. What Good Girls Do is an unapologetically brutal novella in the style of Edward Lee and Matt Shaw. This is a tricky book to review. It has a few problems but nevertheless, the book proved to be a compulsive reading experience in extreme horror. Let’s get my problems out-of-the-way first. My main issue is that What Good Girls Do is that it left me with too many questions. I finished the book and thought long and hard about it, but I had this nagging feeling that there are too many things I wanted to know more about. Serenity and Stuart are key characters but we don’t know much about them (other than they like bondage) or their past. The girl, too, lacked a background I felt, and though I truly sympathised with her dire situation I felt that her character was a little two-dimensional and hollow. Maybe this is intentional, as she is just used as a toy, a play-thing for the “Daddies”? But how did she get in this situation in the first place?

On the plus side, What Good Girls Do is very difficult to put down, the pace is fast and it is THE most brutal and uncompromising book I’ve read for quite some time. From the very first page, the reader is thrust into a sickening and depraved world where torture and abuse are norms. The fact that the girl is nameless and ageless perhaps makes her imprisonment and abuse even more saddening and shocking. It is a book in which the reader will revel in what happens to the “daddies”. What goes around comes around, y’ know?!

If you like your horror at the extreme end of the spectrum, What Good Girls Do is definitely the book for you. Butcher writes with clarity and he isn’t afraid to dive into fathomless depths of depravity. The story lacks a little subtlety for me personally, instead choosing to come at you like a high-speed train. What Good Girls Do is a tense and disturbing read for sure. Enter at your own risk.

3/5 hidden video cameras from the Grim Reader.

Pick up a copy from here.

2 thoughts on “Book review: What Good Girls Do – Jonathan Butcher

  1. Yeah, extreme horror can be a little juvenile and tiresome for me personally. This isn’t a bad book, but it isn’t a great one either though I have seen a lot of 5 star reviews for it. Different strokes for different folks 😉

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