Friday, 28 August 2015

The Hesitation Cut by Giles Blunt

The Hesitation Cut
A novel
by Giles Blunt

Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Random House Canada

Holy crap. Wait, can you say Holy crap when the book starts in a monastery?

This book comes right from a different corner of storydom.

I am a big fan of Giles Blunt's Cardinal crime series, Canada's answer to Nordic Noir. But this book is a 180 degree departure from those kinds of books.

It's not really a crime novel. Not really a mystery.... And yet....
An intense, serious, and personal psychological thriller - like we have never read before. Well, like I have never read before. And I am guessing for the bulk of other readers out there too.

I remember feeling the discomfort and nausea while reading Dostoevsky in my studious youth. How he was able to affect you physically with the tension.

The Hesitation Cut is not exactly Dostoevsky (and thank goodness, who has the patience?) but you feel this story in your bones, in your head, heart and organs.

It stays with you. It's a great work. Congratulations, Giles Blunt.

Great book.

From the Back Flap:

Master crime novelist Giles Blunt is back with a standalone novel of penetrating psychological suspense. Turning the screw tighter on every page, he delivers an intricately plotted story of jealousy and obsession that rivals the best of Patricia Highsmith and Gillian Flynn.

     Nothing could be more serene than the life of Brother William, a young Benedictine monk who had turned his back on the world ten years earlier to retreat to a monastery in upstate New York. But then Lauren Wolfe, a troubled young poet, comes to use the library to research a book on Heloise and Abelard; one sight of the faint scars from a failed suicide attempt on Lauren's wrist is enough to turn the monk's life upside down. Every suppressed romantic impulse rises to the surface: his desire to rescue and soothe her trumps his vows of obedience, poverty and chastity. Soon he is simply Peter, a gentle young man who has followed his beloved to New York City because he needs to look out for her, as sincerely as he once pursued his calling.

     Of course, just because you love doesn't mean your love will be returned. Just because your intentions are good doesn't mean you'll achieve what you intend. No one illuminates the extreme psychological states this tale of obsession explores better than Giles Blunt. And no reader will ever see the end coming...

 About the Author

GILES BLUNT grew up in North Bay, Ontario, and spent twenty years in New York City as a writer and a scriptwriter for such shows as Law and Order, Street Legal and Night Heat, before making his home in Toronto. He is the author of the six novels in the bestselling Cardinal crime series, featuring Algonquin Bay’s John Cardinal and Lise Delorme, which he is currently adapting as a television series for CTV. He is widely considered “one of Canada’s top crime novelists” (the Globe and Mail) and among “crime drama’s elite” (Publishers Weekly). He is a two-time winner of the Arthur Ellis Award for Best Novel and a recipient of the British Crime Writers’ Macallan Silver Dagger.