Chowders…by Vanessa Morgan-Blog Tour

Posted March 30, 2018 by Karen in Book Tours, Books, Reviews /

Chowders...by Vanessa Morgan-Blog Tour

Rating: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star

I received this book for free from the in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Clowders
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, Jess 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
terrifyingly 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.
Aiden, who is Irish, moves his family from America to Clervaux, Luxembourg. He is excited for the new adventure. His American wife, Jess, is not. The city of Clervaux turns out to be literally ruled by clowders of cats (a clowder is a group of cats like a pack is a group of dogs).
I really don’t read much horror but I was intrigued by the concept of a horror book centering on cats and one centered on a real town. I really had no idea where ‘Clowders’ would lead me.
All of ‘Clowder’s’ characters were unlikable. Even Aiden and Jess’s five-year daughter was not very endearing . Aiden is self-centered. Jess is mentally weak and gives in to everything Aiden wants. Eleonore is bratty and not well-behaved. This innate unlikeableness is really what drove the story along and left a foreboding feeling of what would happen next.
I really enjoyed having no idea if the impending doom was real or just a figment of the  townspeople’s imagination. It really left me second guessing what was truly going on. The first 3/4 of the book seemed like a normal story then suddenly it was terrifying.
A few things that I found a little off was that in fact Jess was American. The phrases she used ,words she used, and her way of speaking seemed very British to me. I had to remind myself that she was from Connecticut. Also, Elenore really seemed older than five. She spoke more like an adult than a child. Part of the story is that nine people would have to die for each cat death. I got a little confused by this as only seven deaths were mentioned.
All in all, Clowder was a quick read and kept me turning the pages. I really wanted to know what the story was leading to. I definitely look at my cats differently now. ‘Chowders’ is great read for those that love a good horror novel with a twist.
Rating: One StarOne StarOne Star
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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Rating Breakdown
Plot
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Characters
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Writing
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Cover
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Overall: One StarOne StarOne StarHalf a Star
Karen
Karen

About Karen

Karen is a native Orlandoian and still lives there with her family. She loves reading Historical Fiction, Literary Fiction ,’Chick Lit and Southern Fiction. Some of her favorite things are fuzzy animals, Bigalow tea, and air-conditioning.
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