The prologue, entitled Setting the Scene: Ellie, describes the death and ingenious seclusion of the body from the victim's point of view. That builds the suspense on which the rest of the story is founded.
Each chapter describes the progress of the plot from the perspective of one of the characters, and the ...more
The story was good... the plot held my attention... I liked how he worked things into the story, both essential and window dressing. And, of course, the true ...more
The "trick" to creating a great suspense/mystery story is that the close reader is able to figure out the major turns just a sentence or two before the narrative delivers. This is one of the toughest things a writer can attempt to do. If the surprise is guessed ...more
Keisha Ceylon is a psychic. At least, that's what she passes herself off as. The truth is, Keisha's real powers have more to do with separating troubled families from their money than actually seeing into the netherworld. Keisha watches the news for stories of missing family members. She gives it a few days, then moves in, tells these families she's had a vision, that she may have some clue to where these missing people are. And by the way, she charges for this service, and ...more
Edit - Skip this and just read "Never Saw it Coming", I think. As soon as I started "Never Saw It Coming" I noticed that from chapter 2 until page 117, it appears that "Clouded Vision" is included in the book (Not sure if they changed anything in between, but the beginning and end are exactly the same). From page 117 onward, "Never Saw it Coming" continues where ...more
I love Linwood Barclay but this story left me wanting more. He does know how to hook you in.
I wanted to know what the real psychic knew as nd if the pregnant daughter got what was coming to get and if the fake psychic was caught for murdering the father in self defense. Serves me right for reading a short story
Premise: Keisha Ceylon is a fraudulent psychic who passes herself off as possessing real powers in order to extort money from vulnerable families with missing family members, in return fpr psychic predictions regarding their disappearance. When Keisha spots Wendell Garfield on tv pleading for information regarding his wife’s disappearance she decides to pay him a visit. However, the man might not be quite as innocent as he looked on camera.
I am a Linwood Barclay fan. His books are all quite...more
Meet Keisha Ceylon – she’s a nasty piece of work. She tricks families with visions she says will lead to missing loved one. 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. This chilling tale will make your blood run cold.
Barclay began his book career in 2008, before that working in a newspaper column in Toronto Star, Canada’s largest circulation newspaper. He is ...more
The disappearance of the wife seemed fairly straightforward in the beginning but it was intriguing mainly because the author did a good job creating a suspenseful atmosphere. Bit by bit, details about what had ...more
Three of those seventeen novels comprise the epic Promise Falls trilogy: Broken Promise, Far From True, and The Twenty-Three. His two novels for children – ...more