[Review] Clouded Vision by Linwood Barclay

Title: Clouded Vision
Author: Linwood Barclay
Page: 96 pages
Genre: Short Stories, Mystery/Thriller
Subject: Murder
First Published: 2011

Ellie wakes covered in blood. She’s trapped in a car on a frozen lake. CRACK. The ice is breaking. One more crack and the car will plunge into the water below, taking Ellie with it …

Meet Keisha Ceylon—she’s a nasty piece of work. She tricks families with visions she says will lead them to missing loved ones. However, one of those dodgy visions gets too close to the truth. Someone doesn’t like it—and they’re ready to kill to keep a terrible secret safe.

- Synopsis from book cover

Good old thriller with an interesting main character. I was sold by the very first sentence. When reading a thriller as a short story you know that it’s going to be fast-paced and straight forward—and after reading series of books with hundreds of pages, sometimes that’s just what you need =)

What I did not expect was that I find this book quite enjoyable. The storyline is one thing. It’s interesting, you can easily see it turned into a full-fledged thriller. And though the conclusion was obvious—I guessed correctly early on the story—but what made it special was the way it was crafted. The author managed to fit in a little twist at the end and I thought the last chapter was brilliant. 


There's nothing like a good thriller for escapism. The Quick Reads series is usually very good.