Clarissa’s Warning – Isobel Blackthorn

Clarissa’s Warning is a haunted-house gothic mystery set on Fuerteventura, Canary Islands.

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?



My review

I did not know what a gothic mystery was at first, but when someone explained it to me, I really wanted to read the book. A second positive point was the place where the story took place. I have never been to Fuerteventura, but the Canary Islands are special to me. I’m also fascinated by tarot, ghosts, etc. I could not wait to get on with it. A must read, it seemed.

Unfortunately I could not get into the story. For me it was to descriptive, too detailed, too much history. I could hardly find any mystery hidden under it all. It was too slow paced and I lost focus. I admit that I skipped some parts and when the creepyness seeped in, I was interested again. Sadly, it did not take long before once again, for me, it all fell flat once more.

I hate to have this feeling, because I know how much work it takes to write a book. And I more than admire the author for all the research she obviously did, but a mystery to me means more action from the start and a sense of suspense the whole way through.

I am convinced that a lot of people will love this book. I regret to say that it did nothing for me. If you are a fan of history and travel info, I recommend it. 3 stars.

Thank you, Isobel Blackthorn and Rachel’s Random Resources.

Book received courtesy of publisher/author.


About the author

Isobel Blackthorn is a prolific novelist of brilliant, original fiction 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.

Social Media Links – @IBlackthorn


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