Advance reader reviews of Cloudland by Joseph Olshan.


A Crime Novel

By Joseph Olshan

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  • Published in USA  Apr 2012,
    304 pages.

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  • Patricia H. (Norman, OK)

    Cloudland is anything but a place of safety
    Most crime fiction, which is a favorite genre of mine, usually finds the main character in the role of PI or Police detective but not this one. The main character just happens to find the body and becomes a central figure in the investigation without intending to. The book is very well written and has an intriguing plot. The story was so compelling that dinner was over an hour late because I had to finish it without stopping. Good Job Mr. Olshan!
  • Mary Ellen (Canfield, OH)

    The discovery of a body by a former investigative reporter in rural Vermont begins a crime novel with unexpected connections and psychological twists and turns. The reader is led in many directions along with the reporter as she tries to solve both the serial murders and the problems in her life. There is an interesting tie-in to a Wilkie Collins novel which intrigued this bibliomystery fan. Although Cloudland is an absorbing mystery, I found the unsympathetic heroine and rather unlikeable characters to be distracting to total reading satisfaction.
  • Martha L. (Warner, NH)

    not your average mystery
    Cloudland by Joseph Olshan is a murder mystery with strong psychological twists and turns. The setting of Vermont (with wee bits of New Hampshire) highlights the rural landscape. The story opens quickly as the main character, Catherine Winslow finds a body while walking up her road. For most people this would have been the end of the story, but not for Catherine. Her neighbor, a forensic psychiatrist as well as other characters in the rural area slowly ramp up her involvement. She begins to recognize too many coincidences as the story webs out and then tightens.

    I found the book an easy read that slowly wound itself into my subconscious. I did wonder about who was guilty and who was the red herring. I had many questions and found myself reacting strongly to the violence that Catherine had been exposed to that intertwined with the story.

    According to information from Goodreads, this book is based on a true crime story that was never solved - six women murdered by a serial killer in the Connecticut River Valley between Vermont and New Hampshire.
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