The Hesitation Cut
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...
Praise for The Hesitation Cut:
“...beautifully 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
"...both superb and disturbing."—Winnipeg Free Press
Praise for Giles Blunt:
"Blunt stands as a master craftsman who shows us not only darkness, but also decency."
"Blunt writes with the flashing grace of an ice skater skimming over a frozen pond." —The New York Times Book Review