The Woodcutter by Reginald Hill - HarperCollins (2010), Hardcover, 400 pages [Our New Books - LibraryThing]
I've been thinking for a while that I've got a problem in the way I mention books. I have this "slight" tendency to end up with way more books on Mt TBR in a month than I actually can manage to read.
Which means that a lot of fabulous books don't get a timely mention. So I thought maybe the odd summary of books that arrive that I'm not going to be able to pick up immediately.
Although I will confess that I'm not picking up each and every new Reginald Hill immediately it arrives at the moment.
Which sounds odd as he's possibly my all time favourite author.
But I've got this hoarding gene. And I need to know that my "fix this reading slump once and for all book" is there - waiting for me. So I'm hoarding his books. Stupid I know. Daft as a brush really. But there you go.
Maybe to fix this I should keep only a couple of books behind. And it's not like I can't go back and reread all his books in the event that I catch up and run out and am waiting for the next one. But somehow - knowing - that no matter how bad my reading slump is there is always a Reginald Hill to lift my spirits....
I know - daft.
THE WOODCUTTER, incidentally, isn't a Dalziel and Pascoe, it looks like a brand new standalone character. It's a Reginald Hill book - that's enough for me.
From the Blurb:
A fast-moving, stunning new stand-alone psychological thriller from the award-winning author of the Dalziel and Pascoe series.
Wolf Hadda's life has been a fairytale. From humble origins as a woodcutter's son, he has risen to become a hugely successful entrepreneur, happily married to the girl of his dreams. But knock on the door one morning ends it all.
Universally reviled, thrown into prison while protesting his innocence, abandoned by friends and family, Wolf retreats into silence. Seven years later prison psychiatrist Alva Ozigbo makes the breakthrough. Wolf begins to talk and under her guidance gets parole, returning to his rundown family home in rural Cumbria. But there's a mysterious period in Wolf's youth when he disappeared from home and was known to his employers as the Woodcutter. And now the Woodcutter is back, looking for the truth — and with the truth, revenge. Can Alva intervene before his pursuit of vengeance takes him to a place from which he can never come back . . . ?