Woodcutter by Shaun Baines @Littlehavenfarm @thistlebooks #BookReview #NoirCrime #Gangs #Debut #KindleUnlimited



On the run from his criminal family, Daniel Dayton returns home to Newcastle Upon Tyne when his abandoned daughter is attacked.

But his family have problems of their own. Targeted by a brutal mercenary, their empire is destined to be destroyed should Daniel refuse to help.

Betrayed by his parents. Despised by his brother. In love with his sister-in-law. Home has become a dangerous place to be.

Daniel wants his daughter safe. And he wants his revenge, but in the shadowy streets of Newcastle, things are never what they seem.

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There is only one problem about being at the top of any business and that is there is only one way that is left to go. The Daytons have ruled the roost, as far as being top dogs round Newcastle upon Tyne clubs and drug running goes, for more years than people want to remember. The only way that they have done that is through people’s fear of them but there is a new contender and he is running circles round them. Fairbanks isn’t impulsive, he plans and adapts.

Now I am in a reading situation that is totally confusing my morals. Who do I cheer on and get behind because lets face it these are both seriously disturbed sons of seriously damaged parents. The story bounces a little into the past and how life put them on the paths that has led them to present day and a face off. As the story unfolds  I found that I swapped and changed who I wanted to come out on top.

Daniel Dayton had left this side of his life behind and taken off to Scotland where he was a woodcutter, hence the title. A massive man who had been forced to return when the whole top dog Newcastle situation became personal when his daughter ended up in a coma. Things were hot before but whoa Daniel had a lot of violence stored in his 6ft 8in tall frame and he wasn’t squeamish about using it. Yikes I was heading into some pretty hefty territory, with family feuds between brothers, mothers and ex and current wives but mostly a father that could still make any man tremble. Ed Dayton.

This is a cracking story that threw me at times but there again they are all on the wrong side of the law to begin with. Not everything is as it seems, bloody hell it is much worse! This story totally entertained me from the first page to the last. Super debut!


Shaun Baines

From a damp cottage in Scotland, Shaun writes crime noir set in his native North East of England. Dark characters. Mean streets. Suspicion everywhere


Twitter: @Littlehavenfarm



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