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Clouded Vision Paperback – February 1, 2011
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Nevertheless it's a nifty little story about a con artist who poses as a psychic. She makes a living by visiting the relatives of missing people and extorting money from them in exchange for invented facts about their missing relatives. In this instance, her target is the anxious husband of a missing woman, whose fate we already know. The story unfolds alternating between the perspectives of different characters, with a couple of nice twists to hold your interest.
I applaud Linwood Barclay for recognizing it as the simple story that it is, rather than trying to stretch it out into a longer format. The perfect commuter read.
It's certainly no masterpiece, but it is a good simple short story. Although fans of Barclay expecting the normal challenge of working out who's behind the disappearance may be disappointed to not have that challenge by it being revealed early on in the story. Disappointingly with the main remainder of the story being pretty much just a how will these characters play out the drawn out his tension scene read, there aren't really any surprises, what you predict will happen is exactly what does. Also disappointing is that there is no real satisfaction level comeuppance for the villain either.Read more ›
This is going to last you somewhere between 45 minutes and an hour. Perfect for a short journey.
A dodgy clairvoyant seeks to profit from the disappearance of a wife and Mother only to find she may have stumbled onto something by mistake....This works, it is short and sweet but effective. I have read a few thriller anthologies of late and this would easily have fitted in and been as good as most in those anthologies. For a short book it still contains a few twists and agendas and does keep you gripped to the very last page.
I have been a fan of his since discovering his Zack Walker series. (By the way, there are four of them, not three. Somebody needs to actually learn what they are writing about.)
Barclay writes terrific suspense novels. This one is one of my top favorites as with every scene I could see Alfred Hitchcock directing it with loads of enthusiasm.
The prologue, entitled Setting the Scene: Ellie, describes the death and ingenious seclusion of the body from the victim's point of view. That builds the suspense on which the rest of the story is founded.
Each chapter describes the progress of the plot from the perspective of one of the characters, and the conclusion of this quick read is worth the wait. It is possible to read the whole book in just over an hour.
As I read, I could guess what was going to happen next, but only a few lines ahead of each event. I think that this is skillful writing. You don't want to be able to guess the ending in the first chapter. Equally, you don't want to arrive at several revelations in the final chapter for which there have been not a single clue on the way to that point.
Definitely recommended if you want a short, entertaining murder with twists story.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Didn't really find this book very good and I have read all of L. Barclay's books.Published 19 months ago by Nana4
I love Linwood Barclay mysteries. He is an excellent writer. I particularly like that when I've finished the book, all my questions have been answered.Published on April 2, 2014 by Sandra Porter
I love Linwood Barclay's writing style--even more than James Patterson. For a while it was difficult to find his books on Amazon but hopefully it's getting easier.Published on February 26, 2014 by Marcia Clemence
I like Linwood Barclay and everything I've read of his has been good. Clouded Vision was no different but it was just a very short read.Published on December 22, 2013 by wefinneys
I would have liked a longer story, but it was a sweet story, sad ending. What a way to dump your mom, not so good.Published on July 30, 2013 by me1000