"A unsettling yet utterly gripping novel that keeps the reader on tenterhooks as the split narratives career headlong towards a startling denouément. It is a story that holds you fast and stays with you long after you’ve turned the last page."
Patrick Janson-Smith, Publisher, Blue Door
‘Disentangled’, leaves the main protagonist, Stringy Billy, the almost impossible job of working everything out for himself.
Stringy Billy knows he is damaged, he knows he is not quite right, that he has a different take on life compared to those around him. Unfortunately, the answers to his problems are not easily found.
Via a page-turning, disturbing piece of narrative Pete Howells provides us with insights and with questions but leaves the ultimate decision to the reader –
What can happen when a child has a personality disorder? At what point do we expect a person with complex personality needs to accept responsibility for their own actions? What will Stringy Billy, and people like him, do next?
“One dull thud of an heavy hammer should have been enough.”
But he struck her twice. He took her purse, ran off down snicket across Birstall’s yard, past pigpens, over fields and on to main road. He was seen twice according to Old Bill. Once running across cobbles that led to Birstall’s barn. Dog had barked apparently and their Eileen had looked out of kitchen window. He was wearing black, she said, running shoes and a hood. She saw him chuck hammer into nettles at side of tractor. Jimmy Hepplethwaite and Chantelle Tunstall saw him leap a fence, cut right across field and run down to main road. They thought he was getting on a bike; they certainly heard one start up and then saw headlights moving off down Denton Road in direction of Branley. It was dark and they couldn’t verify clothing or anything, but Jimmy said he thought that bloke’s head was covered up.
“That one dull thud should have done though.” Police kept saying that when they came round. Detective Inspector Walton was his name.