Here is a selection of my favourite reviews of Clarissa’s Warning
“Straight from the outset, I was enraptured with the beautiful imagery, lush descriptions, and engaging, believable, and likeable characters. But primarily the writing, which is simply gorgeous. The descriptions of place are outstanding and vivid, from the ruin and its mutable weather to the picturesque vistas, the towns with their quaint cafés full of food I could nearly taste, the beaches and lighthouses, and the scenic overlooks fit to give me vertigo, every step took me on a photographic tour. And woven throughout, a colourful tapestry of Fuerteventura’s history – and how past colonialism mirrors the modern influx of tourists and Claire’s own emigration. History, local culture, and fiction dance elegantly across every page. Author Isobel Blackthorn’s personal and professional life experiences – in England and the Canary Islands amongst other places – shine through in her work.
The characters come alive in their details, as Claire builds a connection to her dead mother through her favourite music (Scottish band Cocteau Twins), tries to make inroads with locals, or remains oblivious to a budding romance.Clarissa’s Warning is a classic ghost story where the mystery unrolls slowly, leaving the reader guessing until the end. There’s a centuries-old haunting, hedged gossip, local legends, and vengeful spirits. When the climax does come, it’s page-turning and satisfying.If you’re looking for a fast-paced, grab-you-by-the-arse thriller, this isn’t your book. This is a novel to be read for the writing. It is layered and poetic and I loved it. I’ll be snapping up more of Isobel Blackthorn’s work.” – Lilly Piper, book blogger @LilliPipReads
“I did not have the slightest idea about the book, when I first started to read it. But, once I started, I could not stop reading it. Me being a slow reader, never bothered me in reading this book. It took me only 4 days to complete this wonderful book.
The story is part paranormal and part mystery. The story flows within 6 months after Claire, a middle-aged woman bought an age-old decaying mansion in an Island.
It was such an enjoyable read and there were two aspects that made me really interested in reading.
- The history of the past owners of the house
- How Claire started to re-build the mansion.
The story plot was crafted in such a way, that it obviously attracts the attention of the reader. It arouses the curiosity of the reader, and keeps them hooked on until the end.
The story also highlights the protagonist, Clair’s complex connections with her parents and her aunt, which ultimately leads to the latter part of the story, where she takes a giant step in solving the problems that she faces.
Strong qualities of a woman is brought into the attention of the reader through the protagonist, Clair, because she definitely is a fighter. Her strong will-power to face life no matter how hard it becomes, shows the power of a woman. Claire’s intention to protect the old mansion and her love for history is yet another aspect that proves her strength and courage.
The book unquestionably has the wow factor that thrills the reader. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves reading mystery books.” – Hasanthi’s Book World https://hasanthisbookworld.wordpress.com/2019/03/11/clarissas-warning-by-isobel-blackthorn-book-review/