This was a very slow paced tale where everything was described in detail. The story had Claire winning the lottery and buying the ruins in an island, going about to renovate them with workers who were weirdly reluctant. And then strange things started happening to the workers which then moved on to her, reminding her of aunt Clarissa’s astro warning.
My first book by Isabel Blackthorn, I quite liked the main character Claire though I didn’t identify or connect with her. She had her own way of doing things. She carried her grief about her mother deep in her heart, hence she was quite closed off with her emotions. She quite embodied the phrase stiff upper lip.
I liked how the author has wriggled in the supernatural creepy stuff into the story with things getting shifted, doors opening on their own, workers harmed. There was a sense of impending doom, of things gathering up to raise its storm. That spiked my interest and pages turned almost constantly till the end.
There were a few niggles, too many descriptions of every single thing diluted the main plot and the significance of the ominous warning. I didn’t really feel the horror or any kind of emotions which this book should have ideally brought if it had concentrated on Clarissa’s warning. Though Claire was closed to the idea of spirits, she did wisen up at the end. The book really became interesting at 70% though the ending could have been better.
The last line of the book was fab. I may not have been its ideal reader, but I enjoyed the parts where the main character is proactive. I would recommend this book to those who love a slow burn descriptive read with shades of mild horror. Very mild horror.
I received a digital copy from the author, and this is my journey into its pages, straight from the heart.
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Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist 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.
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?
Publication date: 30th November 2018