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What would you do if you won a significant jackpot on the Lottery? Claire Bennett has just that decision to make and she doesn’t hesitate – she gives up her job working in a bank and, after repeated attempts, finally manages to buy a house on Fuerteventura, one of the Spanish Canary Islands and somewhere I love to holiday! The house, however, is a centuries old ruin and needs a lot of work doing to make it habitable again, but she has both the money and determination to do just that . . . . if only the mysterious events in the house didn’t make it blatantly clear that she really is welcome and she starts to listen to the rumours surrounding the property and its previous occupants . . . .Before she ever left to live there, her Aunt Clarissa warns her about what might happen but Claire hadn’t taken them seriously – now she has to! Can she rebuild the property without herself or anyone else being seriously injured? Can she convince local craftsmen to even help work on the restoration? Is the property cursed or did more sinister events occur there?
This is a suspense filled, spooky story with legends, rumours, danger and romance all playing an integral part in events. If you’ve never been to Fuerteventura, you’ll probably feel like you have after reading this and if, like me, you’ve already visited, you’ll have memories of visits rekindled whilst reading it. The whole community and Claire’s integration into it are shared, as her friendships and even a romance develop alongside the restoration of the property. It is an engaging read that you’re never quite sure just who will survive to the end! The research into the previous occupants of the house, the steps taken to protect herself and the peril she faces make this a story that I enjoyed reading and have no hesitation in recommending to anyone who enjoys a suspense filled paranormal mystery and romance.
I requested and was gifted a copy of this book and this is my honest review after choosing to read it.
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?
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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.
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Many thanks to Rachel’s Random Resources for materials for this post and organising the tour it is part of. The review is my own honest opinion after choosing to read this suspense filled, spooky story.