Book Tour Review: Clowders by Vanessa Morgan

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
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.
Clervaux, Luxembourg is the town that the book , Clowders, is centered upon as it is controlled by cats with a twist. The twist is that every time a cat dies, nine human lives are taken to fill the void.
I admit, this was a hard read for me this week, but I pushed forward thinking my dearest Naya who passed over her own rainbow bridge this very same week I received this book for its book tour. The irony did not fail me throughout my reading.
Superstition and paranoia are at the forefront of what tourists deem folklore and locals deem reality. We follow Aidan (a vet), Jess, and their daughter Eleonore, after their move from Connecticut and the happen stances that follow in the “cat haven” that is Clervaux. When Jess runs over a cat on accident, the quaint history of the town which started in the 1700s starts coming to life.
Smoothly written, yet soft horror versus hard horror and suspense. The main characters are likable, including their own cat, while the rest of the town were written to be mostly unlikable. The “clowders” of cats made for a nice read in which my kids will enjoy reading, after they have come to terms with our own cat’s death this week.
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 (
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