A stunning literary thriller set in rural Vermont from the much praised author of Nightswimmer and Clara's Heart
Once a major reporter for a national newspaper, Catherine Winslow has retreated to the Upper Valley of Vermont to write a household hints column. While out walking during an early spring thaw, Catherine discovers the body of a woman leaning against an apple tree near her house. From the corpse's pink parka, Winslow recognizes her as the latest victim of a serial killer, a woman reported missing weeks before during a blizzard.
When her neighbor, a forensic psychiatrist, is pulled into the investigation, Catherine begins to discover some unexpected connections to the serial murders. One is that the murders might be based on a rare unfinished Wilkie Collins novel that is missing from her personal library. The other is her much younger lover from her failed affair has unexpectedly resurfaced and is trying to maneuver his way back into her affections.
Elegant, haunting and profoundly gripping, Cloudland is an ingenious psychological trap baited with murder, deception and the intricacies of desire.
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Though the crimes are based on real events, the lack of suspense and an unsympathetic heroine (Catherine once had a romance with a student that ended in violence) make for a less than satisfying mystery.Read Full Review of Cloudland | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly
The final solution to the mystery relies on Olshan producing a bunch of clues out of nowhere, and lots of time is spent with potential suspects who aren’t particularly interesting, outside of being suspects.Read Full Review of Cloudland | See more reviews from AV Club
Olshan’s attempts to flesh out subsidiary characters feel more like dawdles and diversions than plot development.Read Full Review of Cloudland
There are flashes of his talent in Cloudland but not enough of them.Read Full Review of Cloudland
Elegant, haunting and profoundly gripping, Cloudland is an ingenious psychological trap baited with murder, deception and the intricacies of desire.Read Full Review of Cloudland
And the author also often lightens the tone of “Cloudland” with quite a few household tips that also move along the plot.Read Full Review of Cloudland
This is one of those books that you’ll read and relish and then read it again to enjoy what you missed.Read Full Review of Cloudland
What I liked about the book is that the book is not just about mystery – it is also about fascinating characters and some side-stories.Read Full Review of Cloudland
This is a gripping crime novel, with a perfect ending, a surprise that doesn't come out of the blue, but fits the story.Read Full Review of Cloudland
What bothered me most is what I perceive as a lack of reality.Read Full Review of Cloudland
All in all, an enjoyable read because of the undeniably elegant writing, but not exactly a thriller, at least by my definition.Read Full Review of Cloudland
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