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Clouded Vision Paperback – February 1, 2011

4.2 out of 5 stars 28 customer reviews
Book 1 of 2 in the Keisha Ceylon Series

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Linwood Barclay is the international bestselling author of many critically acclaimed novels, including NO SAFE HOUSE, A TAP ON THE WINDOW, TRUST YOUR EYES and the Richard & Judy 2008 Summer Read winner and number one bestseller, NO TIME FOR GOODBYE. He lives near Toronto with his wife. www.linwoodbarclay.com.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1409121259
  • ISBN-13: 978-1409121251
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #293,461 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Julia Flyte TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on February 12, 2011
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Before you order this, you should be aware that it is not a full length novel, but only a novella which will take you maybe an hour - if that - to read.

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.
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I'm a huge Linwood Barclay fan, and have been for the past few years. This novella is a nice introduction to his work, leaves you wanting more. While this story stands well on its own, it leads you to the full-length novel , "Never Saw It Coming", from which this story begins. Or ends, depending upon your point of view. You'll see what I mean if you get both books, which I found only through Amazon. Highly recommend this author as he's simply brilliant!!!
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I was in the process of reading ALL o f Barclay's books and this one was nowhere to be found. Well, not at the local library or any branch in MD. However, Amazon has everything, and it had this. Not as good as the rest of his books, but I wanted to read it anyway.
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Clouded Vision is a short story which is a bit different to Barclay's novels, where Harlan Coben style, an everyday type person suddenly facing a hurdle threatening their own or a family members life and we sit back and enjoy a nice long thriller where the central character will be tested to limits they didn't even know they had. What Barclay presents here is a con artist who preys on victims with a missing family member by listening to their responses to her questions and making up a fictitious story that seems plausible to her victims on the whereabouts of their loved one (after they've forked over her large fee of course). We the reader, from the first chapter know what has happened to a woman named Ellie however all Keisha Ceylon knows is what she saw on TV from the husband and heavily pregnant daughter's tearful media plea for information. We also know before Keisha arrives at the family home that she is a con artist but Wendell the missing woman's husband suspects but doesn't know this for sure, and if Keisha plays her con too well her days as a con artist will come to an end forever!

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.
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This is a very short read and is priced as such. Certainly at the price is very good value.
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.
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By Mike Harris on October 17, 2013
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I would reccommend these sellers. They were quick about getting books out. the books were all in shape described. very very satisfied with their service and look for them in the future for other purchases.
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I had heard about this story when it was released as an e-story only for Kindle. Since that release Mr. Barclay went back and tinkered with it turning it into a novel of about 240 pages which fans of his will likely prefer. The novel was released in England and retitled Never Saw It Coming. I believe it is out here now.

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.
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The strength of this story is not so much in the murder mystery, but in the intrusion of a fraudulent psychic who makes a living out of exploiting the vulnerable families of missing persons.

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.
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