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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 that her much younger lover from a 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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By Pamela Harvey on 05-28-12
I enjoyed the combination of the classic "whodunit" with slices of contemporary rural Vermont life. Though the setting is "rural", the characters are really city transplants who bring all their complexities and affectations with them to the small town, which has all the typical gentrified conveniences. Not commenting on said gentrification, because without all the detailed urbanities and allusions to academia serving as an underlayer to a police thriller, the text might be a lot less interesting. The book is a true "page-turner", that's enhanced by a nice rendering of detail, both about the outer and inner landscape.
For me, the only bothersome characteristic seemed to be the lack of backstories for the secondary characters. We know a lot about Catherine, but it seems some of the other people have missing parts to their stories, and a bit more in the way of information as to when and how these people came into Catherine's story would have filled out the narrative a bit. Or, perhaps, as I tend to listen while exercising, I may have missed a sentence or two.
The narration was flawless, even and consistent, and without unnecessary drama. I will check out other work by this author and by this narrator.
28 of 30 people found this review helpful
By kenneth on 10-30-12
An good mystery- keeps you guessing to the end
What made the experience of listening to Cloudland the most enjoyable?
The way the mystery unfolded - who dunnit
What did you like best about this story?
Puzzling which of the FEW seemingly "respectable characters " could be the perpertrator"
What does Eliza Foss bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
Draws you into the scenes, creating them with her clever intonations,and draws you into every character . For me Its as good as watching a video.
If you could take any character from Cloudland out to dinner, who would it be and why?
The person who found the body. she stayed around when most would have run.
Any additional comments?
The story was very cleverly crafted with, for me, a surprize ending. Unnecessary incidental "padding" was nearly always tolerable and did not detract from the story too much.
4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By CantVal on 07-19-12
Passes the time
This is probably my least favourite audible book so far. I did not care for the narrators style, there were time when the timing was off and jarring. The story lacked freshness and I found myself profoundly out of sympathy with the main character who seemed lacking in adult emotions and more childlike than her daughter. The 'villian' is so heavily signposted that even I had worked out who it was before the denoument.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful