Clouded Vision by Linwood Barclay

Published by Orion – A Quick Read sponsored by Galaxy.

There are times, between reading larger novels that it’s great to just grab something that’s a much quicker read but still a great story – sometimes this might be a novella or a short story, other times it’s something that comes as a really pleasant surprise and feels like a much longer read than it actually was.  Such was the case with my recent read, Tarantula, and the same applies to this book by bestselling crime author Linwood Barclay with his entry to the Galaxy sponsored Quick Reads titles.

In the past I’ve always sought out the crime titles in this range and have never been disappointed (they’ve included Ian Rankin’s A Cool Head, Peter James’ The Perfect Murder, Minette Walters’ Chickenfeed and Coronation Street actress turned crime writer who won on Minette’s tv show, Sherrie Hewson with The Tannery).

Clouded Vision was another great read in this series, a great little tale which manages to cram an impressive amount of plot and number of characters into a mere ninety six pages.

Ellie Garfield is trapped in her car at the opening of the book, and then meets a watery end as it sinks into an icy lake.  Her husband, Wendell has been having an on/off affair with a colleague, Laci, and he appears on tv with his pregnant daughter,  Melissa, to appeal to anyone who may know where his wife has disappeared to.

His appearance brings his plight to the attention of two women who both want to help him.  Winona Simpson appears to be able to receive visions of the dead and the dying and to be able to find lost people, Keisha Ceylon also claims to be able to receive visions, but is a trickster and con-artist and it is she that knocks at Wendell’s door first.

It’s a much darker tale than first appears and is very well structured for such a short piece.

A great introduction to Linwood Barclay’s work and a cracking little book – ideal for a commute when you just want a quick fast paced and light on the luggage read.

Keith

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