The Woodcutter

The Woodcutter

Book - 2010
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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 . . . ?
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2010
ISBN: 9780385669351
Branch Call Number: M HIL
Characteristics: 519 p. ;,24 cm


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Jan 04, 2017

Not sure what to make of this. I have read a couple of the Dalziel novels, and they are good. This one isn't quite sure what it wants to be. The central character is interesting and complex enough without being some sort of businessman James Bond as well. A good holiday read, but not one I would bother going back to.

Nov 21, 2016

I thoroughly enjoyed this psychological thriller by Reginald Hall. He is an author I haven't read before and the sentence structure in the beginning took a little time to get used to. I sometimes had to read a sentence over a few times to get the gist of it but it was worthwhile in order to understand the full plot line, as there are many different characters and they're not always easy to slot as to whether they're the good guys or the bad. The story unfolds neatly except for the death of the retired cop in Spain. Was he murdered, and if so by whom, or was it really just a gruesome accident?

Dec 11, 2014

This is a fascinating mystery with much nuance and complex interpersonal intrigue. Most characters are both good and bad, and the woodcutter himself shows an amazing adaptability in finding his way out of impossible situations. Both male and female characters are vivid and different. Very hard for me to put down.

Mar 19, 2014

Thoroughly entertaining. I enjoyed this story from cover to cover.

Leosrme Sep 27, 2013

I love Reginald Hill. This book, I could not put down. A great story with great characters. I thoroughly recommend it

Apr 18, 2013

Awesome.....outstanding book filled with many twists and turns having an unpredictable ending. Highly recommend!!! Love this author's manner of storytelling!!!!

Lapsus16 Jul 27, 2012

A very good book with a predictable yet interesting plot. Does not burden the reader with mystery but tells a credible story. It is revenge even if booksbooks1 disagrees.

May 09, 2012

Such a good writer! (Contrary to the blurbs, this is not a revenge novel. It is psychological suspense.)

kcs76 Nov 12, 2011

Excellent, inventive thriller by an author who is new to me; I will definitely read more of his work. The Woodcutter is a tale of betrayal and vengeance complete with fairy tale motifs (princess; worthy peasant who is set three tasks in order to win princess; major character a psychiatrist whose nickname is Elf...)that are subtly and creatively employed. The NY Times reviewer described it as Jacobean, which I think fits.

DesPlainesReaders Sep 17, 2011

Wolf Hadda is a successful businessman married to the most beautiful woman in Northern England, and then something goes terribly, terribly wrong. He is arrested for child pornography and fraud, he gets in an accident which leaves him lame and blind in one eye and worst of all, his wife leaves him for his lawyer! The real story starts seven years later when he is released from prison and the revenge begins. Reginald Hill has written a complex character in Wolf Hadda whom must compete with Hill’s lush descriptions of the Cumbrian mountain area. This is a wonderful story of suspense about a wronged man and the twisted path of retribution. WeAreSpartacus/lascorpia

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