My second post of the day comes much later than I’d hoped. A morning and afternoon with my 2 year old Nephew has certainly worn me out now! But onto my second post……Today I’m taking part in the blog tour for Clarissa’s Warning by Isobel Blackthorn.
Clarissa’s Warning is a haunted-house gothic mystery set on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.
A lottery jackpot changes Claire Bennett’s life.
She buys an ancient stone ruin on the island of her dreams. Her mystic aunt Clarissa warns her of danger, but Claire pays no heed.
Soon after moving to the idyllic island, Claire is confronted by a mystery. As the sinister story of her home slowly uncovers, Claire enters a world of inexplicable events and ordeals. Someone or something doesn’t want her there.
But is it really a curse, or is there something else behind the events?
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In the book we meet Claire who has won the lottery and is moved from the UK over to Fuerteventura where buys a ruin of a house that she has always been drawn to. We follow her as the restorations start and a number of strange things happen. She also makes friends with Paco, who has his own views on what’s happening in the house. All the locals avoid the house and believe it is cursed, and Claire slowly researches and learns about the events that have taken place there over the past 250 years. But will she be able to remain there? Or will she have to leave like all the previous owners?
I enjoyed the overall story but did find it to be a bit slow. There is a lot of description around the renovations which I found hard to visualise, and a lot of descriptions of the areas that Claire visits. I didn’t particularly warm to Claire, Paco or any of the characters although I did feel for Claire due to the things she had experienced in her past. The story does progress much quicker as we get towards the end and we finally find out what’s happened in the past and what’s going on. I really enjoyed this section of the book where things got a bit more interesting.
Overall the book has a good storyline and is worth a read but be prepared for a bit of a slow start. The ending is worth holding on for though!
about the author….
Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of brilliant, original fiction across a range of genres, including dark psychological thrillers, gripping mystery novels, captivating travel fiction, and hilarious dark satire. Isobel holds a PhD in Western Esotericism and carries a lifelong passion for the Canary Islands, Spain. A Londoner originally, Isobel currently lives near Melbourne, Australia, with her little white cat.
Don’t forget to check out the other bloggers on this tour too for their content and reviews:
Thanks to Rachels Random Resources and the author for providing with a copy of the book in return for an honest review.
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