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Never Saw It Coming (Keisha Ceylon)

3.6 of 5 stars 3.60  ·  rating details  ·  1,480 ratings  ·  231 reviews
Keisha Ceylon is a psychic. At least, that's what she tells people. She watches the news for stories of missing people, then waits a few days and goes to see the family. She tells them she’s had a vision and that she may know where their missing loved one is—for a price, of course.

Keisha's latest mark is Wendell Garfield, whose wife disappeared a week ago. She's seen him
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ebook, 265 pages
Published August 7th 2012 by NAL (first published December 2010)
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Delee
3.5

NEVER SAW IT COMING is the third Linwood Barclay novel I have read, and I count myself lucky that "No time for Goodbye" was one of those three. Even though it isn't mentioned in any of the blurbs and descriptions, the main character in NEVER SAW IT COMING -Keisha- is introduced in "No Time for Goodbye"...and the main characters from "No Time for Goodbye"- Cynthia and Terry Archer- are mentioned quite a bit in NEVER SAW IT COMING.

Confused? Well then read "No Time for Goodbye" first and you wo
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Arah-Lynda
Actually 2.5

In my house a Linwood Barclay novel never graces a book shelf until it has been read. They are my liquid gold these days and this was no exception, the minute I saw it was the same minute, it superseded everything else on my to read shelf. It’s an affair we have been having, one that started three books ago; this marks the fourth, one of those sinful delights.

I love getting into his stories involving ordinary people, or so it would seem, living their ordinary lives; until….drum roll
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Luanne Ollivier
I'll read anything with Linwood Barclay's name on it - he is one of my favourite suspense authors.

I loved his latest novel, Trust Your Eyes and can't wait for August's release of Tap on the Window.

But in the meantime, pick up Never Saw it Coming, to tide you over. Never Saw it Coming is a fleshed out version of a novella originally published in the UK in 2011 as Clouded Vision.

Keisha Ceylon is a psychic. Or so she says. What she really does is comb the news for missing persons reports. And then
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Matt
The title says it all. Barclay returns to expand on his popular novella and puts forth a great story with even greater intrigue than the previous shorter story. The characters come to life and the plot is much deeper. While the novella captured a three narrator story, the full book leaves this angle, but does delve into the personal lives of a few of the main characters, painting them all as guilty of some aspect of the larger crime. That said, just when the reader things will tie off in a certa ...more
Karen McMillan
Linwood Barclay is an experienced thriller writer and his latest offering is a knockout. The story centres around Keisha Ceylon who claims to be a psychic, but in reality she is a con woman skilled at taking money from families with missing loved ones, claiming she’s had a vision about their whereabouts. She always asks for the money upfront and gives them just enough made-up information to sound credible before disappearing into the woodwork. When she sees a distraught man pleading for his wife ...more
Monica Susanna
I was rather disappointed with this, especially after the success of No Time For Goodbye. I thought No Time For Goodbye was absolutely brilliant and gripping; I was hooked. There is no doubt that Linwood Barclay is a great writer, I really like his style, but this book was just a bit disappointed and it gave too much away too soon, making the second half of the novel really boring. The story wasn't really that gripping and was a bit tedious and all over the place. There was nothing left to look ...more
Leonie
I must admit I didn't enjoy this as much as previous Linwood Barclay books I have read, for one it was a lot shorter and had none of the mystery and suspense of his other novels. Also I found the fact you knew the whole story from the off made it not as good.

Keisha is a physic or so she says, she checks the news daily for her next 'customers' people who are missing someone then she scams them out of one thousand dollars in payment for her 'visions' but Keisha is a liar and a trickster she doesn
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Marie
I love Linwood Barclay. He is not only in my top five fav's, but he is actually number one. Every time I hear he has a new book out I cannot sleep until I get my hands on it. Although lacking a lot of the mystery and suspense of his other novels, it still was definitely a page turner. This story made several references to the first novel of Barclay's that I read, No Time For Goodbye, and brought a very minor character from that book to the main stage as the leading character. This story, as all ...more
Marleen
Never Saw It Coming is actually a story based on Linwood Barclay’s short novella “Clouded Vision” and as soon as I started reading it I had a sense of “déjà-vu” but persevered on nonetheless. I don’t know why I bothered. The novella wasn’t good and received low marks from me. Well this longer version was, in my opinion, even worse. I couldn’t enjoy it but read it through till the end anyway, and stayed unsatisfied. This story wasn’t up to Linwood Barclays’ usual higher standard. Poor plot and sh ...more
Deanne
A quick read from the library which I read in one sitting, mainly because I just wanted to read one more chapter.
Paul
Having never read anything by Linwood Barclay it's fair to say I had no expectations when I picked this little book up. I would never have imagined that in just one day I would devour every last page and be desperate for more.

The story revolves around Keisha Ceylon, a self-professed psychic who has visions of people in trouble. Or so she claims... The truth is she is nothing more than a con artist who seizes the opportunity to exploit the desperate families of missing people. Her latest victim i
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Shonna Froebel
This novel is set in the town of Milford, like some of his other novels.
Keisha Ceylon is a woman who makes a living as a psychic, telling fortunes, and, as she sees it, giving hope to those who have missing loved ones. When she sees a Wendell Garfield and his daughter Melissa on television begging for help in finding Wendell's wife Ellie, she sees a potential client.
But when she encounters Wendell, her visions relating to Ellie's disappearance are closer to the real situation than she would have
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Lara
Although I've been a huge fan of Linwood Barclay for a few years now, I felt that this book lacked something that has appeared in every other book of his I've read.
Due to the fact that the book was a somewhat quick-read could possibly be to blame for the fact that I felt the character's weren't as developed as I would have liked; and I evidently found myself almost not caring what happened to Keisha in the abrupt ending.
The storyline had a huge potential, however I can't help but feel like this
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Linda
A good fast paced story. Keisha Ceylon is a scam artist. She looks for stories about missing people, then visits their folks and for a fee, will tell them about her visions of the missing loved ones.
The problem I had with the story is it was short, 244 pages of big print. It read like an expanded short story. With the price of books it felt a bit like being scammed myself!



Bryan
I love Linwood Barclay, but this is his worst effort by a considerable distance. Fortunately it wasn't the first of his I read, otherwise I wouldn't have read any others, and would therefore have missed out on some truly great books. Although the writing of this book is very much in his usual style and it is refreshing that the lead character is female for a change, she isn't actually likeable and you don't find yourself cheering her on. My main qualm though is that there is a massive plot flaw, ...more
ReadandRated
5 Stars from me!


This book is amazeballs!

I absolutely loved reading Never Saw It Coming and have recommended it to several people already :)

From the intro piece I expected this to be a stone cold, gripping, gruesome thriller but to my surprise (and delight) it is actually and incredibly fun, almost black comedy, thriller!

Even though it is a tongue in cheek story it is also backed with twists and turns and unpredictable events as the story unfolds. Some things I guessed at, some things I didn't an
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Sandra
This is supposed to be a thriller, right? Yet, the reader sees it coming after a couple of chapters because the author...says who did it! Consequently, there is not much suspense and all the reader is waiting for is how the situtation will pan out for the main protagonist. While on the subject, she is not a positive character and neither is anyone else in the book. There is little character development and the 'twists' along the way are rather predictable. I give this book 3 stars, because Barcl ...more
Jo
Really enjoyed all the twists and turns in this one - definately want to read more by this author.
Alex
I love Linwood Barclay books but was a bit disappointed in this one. It didn't have quite the same atmosphere as the others and I didn't relate to the characters in this one quite as much. Having said that I finished it and would still buy his next novel
Janet
This book follows "No time for Goodbye". It's an "ebook" so it's shorter but I enjoyed the weaving in of characters from the previous book. I like Page turners and this was certainly one of them. Didn't expect the ending. Worth the read.
Elisha
This is my second Linwood Barclay book after A Tap On The Window and, to be completely honest, when some members of my family recommended this to me I was expecting much the same thing. I was expecting another murder mystery with several suspects and a shocking plot twist that no one expected. I would have been quite happy with that, but what I got was far better. This is one of the most interesting books I've ever read. I don't think I'd even call it a mystery book, its more of a suspense thril ...more
The Crime Scene Scene
Never Saw It Coming is a standalone novel by author Linwood Barclay. It is a fuller length version of the original novella Clouded Vision. Fake psychic Keysha Ceylon has identified her next mark a man whose wife has disappeared and so Keysha decides to try and get a payoff. However, her 'vision' is close enough to the truth to leave the man rattled and it may just cost her her life.

Linwood Barclay originally wrote Clouded Vision as a novella as part of the Quick Reads 2011 series.Read the full r
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Iona
Picked this book up by chance, and am glad I did.
If you like that wonderful sense of 'black humour' (as in British Film Shallow Grave) you should love this. The story weaves through ordinary people and very up ordinary circumstances - with a clever wry humour throughout, that observes human nature with all it's flaws.
Despite the twisted choices that the lead character takes, I found myself increasingly drawn to her and sympathetic - hoping that things turn out in her favour in the end.
It is a
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Louise
Better side of three stars this one, nice short book with a few twists and turns to keep you going. Nicely paced and interesting ideas.
Up to usual standard.
Sandra
This was a novella, not a full length book. The story was interesting and well developed in the few pages it contained. I love Linwood Barclay!
Jayne Thorold
Well what a stupid silly book! I know it started put as a novella,and whether it was any better when it was shorter I have no idea,but to turn into a novel did nothing to enhance it. The action seemed to have happened all in one go without any build up. Then it just got very slapstick and so totally unbelievable that I started to wonder if Linwood Barclay had gone into comedy.
It says on the front cover that it's '..a pages turner par excellence'...well I guess I had to keep reading to the end
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Tommie
Best book ever!
Brenda
Keisha Ceylon claims to have visions of missing persons, picking grief stricken families to prey on. She gives them a small hint of what she has seen, generally picked up from newspaper/television reports, then won't tell them anymore until she receives the money she's after. Of course, the families are desperate for news, and generally pay her.

So when she sees a father and his heavily pregnant daughter begging someone to help find their missing wife and mother, tears streaming, she sees an oppo
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Kelly
Fo a short read this was fairly well-developed, I just felt as though it would have been much better as a full-length novel.

I felt that due to the length of the novel I didn't really feel the tension behind the murder of Ellie. (view spoiler)
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After spending his formative years helping run a cottage resort and trailer park after his father died when he was 16, Linwood Barclay got his first newspaper job at the Peterborough Examiner, a small Ontario daily. In 1981, he joined the Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper.

He held such positions as assistant city editor, chief copy editor, news editor, and Life section editor, be
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