The Hesitation Cut

The Hesitation Cut

Book - 2015
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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...
Publisher: Toronto :, Random House Canada,, 2015
ISBN: 9780345815972
Branch Call Number: F BLU
Characteristics: 308 pages ; 23 cm


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Feb 08, 2018

Meh. I read this book because, although I also find them too violent, I enjoy the cardinal series. This book I didn't enjoy. The main characters weren't relatable to me and there was too much sex and the crime too violent.

Feb 22, 2016

After reading a certain number of pages, you can safely assume how all will end. Predictable. But despite this, is it still interesting read. Although, as always, a lot of not necessary disturbing scenes, mostly about sex. Obsession, childhood drama that is affecting adulthood, depression - it seems that, lately, those are predominant topics for contemporary authors. It is not clear what is a purpose of Molly character, as well a sudden disappearance of it.

Feb 03, 2016

Plot was a bit predictable, but I did enjoy reading this book. The plot is dark. Got one of Blunt's Detective Cardinal books to see if I enjoy his crime solving writing

Nov 22, 2015

Of all Giles Blunt's books this has to be the worst.

Nov 05, 2015

It is a very different book and you keep thinking about it after you are finished. A bit disturbing and there is certainly questioning about a lot of things in life.

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