Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Monday, September 3, 2012
Cloudland, by Joseph Olshan
Catherine Winslow lives on Cloudland, an isolated stretch of road in Vermont, writing her household tips column, teaching an English class in prison, content with the company of neighbors and her dogs and pig. Then she finds the body of a victim of a serial killer thawing in the woods near her house. Somehow she -- and her psychiatrist neighbor and a psychic -- become involved in the investigation. There is much detritus in the book, plus a couple of resounding plot clinkers; all of the relationships -- parents/children, teacher/student, husbands/wives, neighbors, lovers... are just odd; and Catherine isn't really that likable.