Cloudland

Cloudland

Book - 2012
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A stunning literary thriller set in rural Vermont from Joseph Olshan, 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.

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2012
ISBN: 9781250021571
9781250000170
Branch Call Number: OLSH
Characteristics: 294 p. ; 25 cm

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shelleysf
Aug 18, 2012

This book garnered a bit of a reputation as a fairly "literary" mystery novel, but it is very much of the crime novel genre. The characters--especially the main character--experience no real arc or change in circumstance or understanding. In fact, the book seems determined from keeping any of its characters from developing at all. It's a finely structured plot, paced as it should be. A decent summer read, but nothing illuminating.

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cferart
Aug 03, 2012

Great story! Very atmospheric interesting characters plus murders

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