by Vanessa Morgan
Genre: Horror, Suspense
Clervaux, Luxembourg. This secluded, picturesque town in the middle of Europe is home to more cats than people. For years, tourists have flocked to this place – also known as “cat haven” – to meet the cats and buy cat-related souvenirs.
When Aidan Burns, Jess Burns and their five-year-old daughter, Eleonore, move from America to Clervaux, it seems as if they’ve arrived in paradise. It soon becomes evident, though, that the inhabitants’ adoration of their cats is unhealthy. According to a local legend, each time a cat dies, nine human lives are taken as a punishment. To tourists, these tales are supernatural folklore, created to frighten children on cold winter nights. But for the inhabitants of Clervaux, the danger is horrifyingly real.
Initially, Aidan and Jess regard this as local superstition, but when Jess runs over a cat after a night on the town, people start dying, one by one, and each time it happens, a clowder of cats can be seen roaming the premises.
Are they falling victim to the collective paranoia infecting the entire town? Or is something unspeakably evil waiting for them?
Their move to Europe may just have been the worst decision they ever made.
When I read the synopsis of this book I thought I would absolutely enjoy reading Clowders. But now that I have finished reading Clowders I feel that my expectations had not being met satisfactorily, though I agree I had quite a high amount of expectations. Anyways jumping straight to the review, first I would talk about the good points then I would let you on to why this book kind of disappointed me.
First thing that I loved about the book were the two characters Jess and Eleonore. Jess’ character was especially very good. She was a very good wife and even better mother. She was in inner turmoil and mental pain many times but still she managed to put a happy face and managed to enjoy, only for the sake of her daughter. Eleonore’s character was quite good too, she was a very sweet girl.
The whole book was filled with suspense and there were quite a few horrifying and scary scenes in the book, especially the climax was very scary. The last four deaths happened one after another therefore, the last 10% or so was really terrifying.
Now coming to the things, that rendered this book not quite satisfying. There are two things that I didn’t like about the book. The first one was Aidan’s character. He was just not likeable, I know there are people like him out there and maybe I don’t have the right to judge someone, but I just didn’t like his character. The other thing, and my biggest bummer was the infidelity subplot, it was present for most part of the book, and it kind of shifted away the focus from the main plot. So some of the scary scenes somehow lost it’s intensity as my focus was elsewhere. This infidelity plot just proved to be quite annoying, because sometimes I was more interested to know whether he would cheat or not rather than been interested in who is the ghost or if the family would make it alive.
Even though there were a few things that I didn’t like about this book, but still it was a good read, and succeeded to keep my interest riveted to it because of the suspense making it quite a page turner.
If you are in mood for a horror story in a small town setting, then this book is definitely recommend for you.
LIFE AT 17 RATING
(3.5 STARS OUT OF 5)
About the Author
Vanessa Morgan is known as the “female version of Stephen King.” Three of her works (The Strangers Outside, Next to Her, A Good Man) have become movies. When she’s not working on her latest book, you can find her watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for her blog Traveling Cats (http://travelling-cats.blogspot.com).
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