The Hesitation Cut: A Novel by Giles BluntThe Hesitation Cut: A Novel by Giles Blunt

The Hesitation Cut: A Novel

byGiles Blunt

Paperback | August 18, 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...
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 ...
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Title:The Hesitation Cut: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.98 × 6 × 0.82 inPublished:August 18, 2015Publisher:Random House of CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0345815971

ISBN - 13:9780345815972

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Reviews

Rated 3 out of 5 by from Decent but I've read better Overall it was a good, suspenseful read but it definitely made me angry at parts.
Date published: 2017-05-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING I was really drawn in by this book. I wasn't able to put it down and I finished it in one day!
Date published: 2017-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book It's an interesting book with well-written characters. It has nice twists, but I must admit that I wasn't terribly surprised by the ending. It was enjoyable to read all the same.
Date published: 2017-02-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Hesitation Cut This is a highly original thriller. I read it with a sense of dread, certain that something bad was coming, which developed into real anxiety by the final chapters. This is a psychological study of two people – there are no stock characters here – seemingly very different but both with obsessions and a lack of familiarity with reality. Both with pain in the past. I don't want to reveal too much but I found myself trying to anticipate what was going to happen by looking closely at characters' behaviours realizing that my doing this depended on picking up on psychological clues behind the facades we present to the public. I think this would make an excellent book club choice as it would be very interesting to hear what others made of the characters as they went through the book and how they understood specific aspects, like the role that religion played in the life of one of the main characters.
Date published: 2015-09-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Hesitation Cut I am a big fan of Giles Blunt's John Cardinal mystery series. But I've also enjoyed his stand alone novels that cover a broader range of style and themes. Blunt's latest novel, The Hesitation Cut, is another stand alone novel that is dark, unsettling and so very hard to put down. Brother William has lived in the Our Lady of Peace Monastery for the last ten years. He's outwardly happy with his life and his work in the library. But when Lauren, a young female poet comes to the monastery's library to do some research, life changes - for both Brother William and Lauren. Brother William can't stop thinking about her - her looks, her voice, and that scar on her wrist. She just seems so sad......Brother William makes Lauren his next calling - he can help her, save her and look out for her. And so, he leaves the monastery and heads to New York City as Peter to find her. And he does. But Peter's desire to help evolves into desire alone. Obsessive desire. Neither Peter or Lauren is a likeable character. (The character I liked the most was Lauren's on again off again boyfriend Mick - and he has serious flaws as well.) As the story progresses, both characters alternate between victim and perpetrator. Obviously both characters have mental health issues and their meeting is simply the fuse for an implosion in both their lives. That fuse is slow burning. The reader is helpless, along for the ride, as Blunt builds the tension and the suspense with another layer, another incident and another nuance until it seems there can be no turning back. Sharp eyed readers will take note of a few off the cuff remarks that hint at something more in Peter's past. As he did in Breaking Lorca, Blunt has crafted an intense psychological study in the pages of The Hesitation Cut, exploring love, hope, devotion, faith and obsession. But it's also an excellent thriller that keeps the reader wondering what is going to happen next - and to whom.
Date published: 2015-08-26

Editorial Reviews

“[B]eautifully written. . . . Blunt’s narrative slowly takes readers through exceptionally tense territory, both psychological and physical, to a finale that, as the book reviewer’s cliché goes, nobody could see coming.” —The Toronto Star“The Hesitation Cut is a bit thriller, a bit psychological suspense, but its heart is built around two brilliantly developed characters. . . . Blunt’s gift for character and his wonderful sense of place keep the story centred.” —Margaret Cannon, The Globe and Mail “[B]oth superb and disturbing.” —Winnipeg Free Press “I am always pleased to pick up a new Giles Blunt novel. . . . [The Hesitation Cut] is an incredibly well-written novel—moving, touching, heartbreaking.” —Derryll White, e-Know.ca  “[A] brilliantly written, quiet nightmare of a novel, another triumph for Blunt.” —Joan Barfoot, The London Free Press   “[The Hesitation Cut is] a winner. . . . [A] superbly drawn, layered portrait of human frailty in its various forms, as well as a taut suspense tale that will hold you in its grip until the very end.” —The Ottawa Review of Books   “For any reader—suspense fan or not—who wants complex characters and thought-provoking themes, The Hesitation Cut provides a suspenseful treatment of a difficult subject.” —Bookshelf Reviews   “[D]ark, unsettling and so very hard to put down.” —A Bookworm’s World  PRAISE FOR GILES BLUNT:  “Blunt stands as a master craftsman who shows us not only darkness, but also decency.” —Publishers Weekly “Blunt writes with the flashing grace of an ice skater skimming over a frozen pond.” —The New York Times Book Review