Shaun Baines – Woodcutter

In Woodcutter you meet two violent, mafia-like families operating in Newcastle Upon Tyne, Fairbanks, and Dayton. Daniel Dayton, one of the main characters, is strong, deadly serious, and eager to take revenge on the one who attacked his abandoned daughter Eisha and caused her current comatose plant life in a Newcastle hospital. The number of casualties throughout the plot, narrowing possibilities for survival and finding out whodunnit, keeps the reader engaged until the end. No father or brother, sister-in-law, stepmother, or partner can be trusted in this quest, where money and drugs, reputation and intelligence disrupt and corrupt.

Nothing is what it seems. Shaun Baines did his job to design a convincing plot with real conversations, numerous twists, narrow escapes and sudden reappearances of people thought to be dead a few pages ago.

About the author

After leaving Liverpool John Moores University with an English Literature degree in 1997, Shaun returned to his home in South Tyneside asking one question – what now?  It was a question that wouldn’t be answered for another twenty years.

In the meantime, he did what he thought all adults did.  He put on a shirt and tie, and went to work in an office.  His first job was at the Child Benefit Centre where he sorted mail for three years, though it felt a lot longer.  Eager for a new challenge, he moved to another company and another office where the only thing that really changed was his choice of tie.

It was around this time that Shaun’s love of reading graduated into a love of writing.  He wrote short stories, magazine articles, screenplays and a novel that never made it past Chapter One.

In 2010, at the height of the recession, Shaun decided it was time to start a business, turning his passion for gardening into green gold.  He continued for five years, taking on staff and mowing every lawn in South Tyneside.  While he was too exhausted to write, he developed an interest in crime thrillers, devouring a book every two or three days.

Things were looking good.  By 2015, he was married, running a successful business and growing his own carrots.  And yet he was dogged by the idea there was something else out there; some discovery that could finally bring the mismatched pieces of his life together.  He set about exploring what that might be.

A year later he was unemployed, living in a damp cottage in Scotland and still asking the same question – what now?  His novel Woodcutter was the answer, the bloody tale of a man on the run from his criminal family.

Finally content and writing furiously, Shaun lives a rural life with his beautiful wife, less beautiful dog and a handful of goofy chickens.

I received a free copy through Thistle Publishing without any strings attached. My review reflects my own opinion upon reading.

About Henk-Jan van der Klis

Henk-Jan van der Klis is a Capgemini engagement manager, financial services & project management consultant, project management trainer for the Capgemini Academy, seasoned editor, and daily blogger. He lives in Balkbrug, the Netherlands with his wife and three children.