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Front cover of the book, Nver Saw it Coming by Linwood Barclay

Linwood Barclay

Never Saw It Coming

Hardcover: 256 pages
Publisher: Orion
Language: English

ISBN-10: 1409141411
ISBN-13: 978-1409141419

31 Jan 2013

For gut-ripping tension, wry humour, beautifully drawn scenes, scenarios and characters there are few better writers around at the moment than Linwood Barclay, whose latest offering simply underlines why his work is amongst the most widely anticipated.

Keisha Ceylon is a psychic. At least, that's what it says on her business card. What Keisha actually does for a living is she watches the news for stories about people who have gone missing. She gives it a few days, then makes her move - telling the distraught family that she's had a vision about their missing loved one and may just have a clue to where they could be found. Which she'd be happy to reveal - for a modest fee, of course. Keisha's latest mark is a man who's wife disappeared a week ago. She's seen him on TV, pleading for his wife to come home or for whoever took her to let her go - and right away she can see dollar signs too.

But when she pays Wendell Garfield a visit to give him the good news, things don't go exactly according to plan.

This is a cautionary tale of trust that investigates the manner in which those with the wherewithal to prey on the vulnerable are themselves susceptible to vulnerability. That Barclay manages to convey proceedings with minimum of words adds to the relentless pace that whips the reader along, whilst also has them asking the question “who’s side am I one here?”

Rather like Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, although the characters are exquisitely drawn, not of them are particularly likeable so the fact that you root for each – to one degree or another – is again an endorsement of the author’s skills.

A superb addition to Linwood Barclay’s catalogue, Never Saw It Coming delivers on the titles promise and will keep readers gripped from first page to last.

Chris High

Interview with Linwood Barclay by Chris High 2012

 


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