Synopsis: 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.
An interesting twist on a modern myth, Clowders will have you cautious of every cat you come across. Remember to treat them with respect…or else…
I thought this book was not only extremely creepy but also so unique and interesting. I loved the idea of Clervaux and the Tengu being such a vital part of how the town worked. It took such a unique idea and created an unbelievably terrifying atmosphere.
I also loved the mythology behind the cats and the Tengu – it made the book so eerie and the writing style really added a brilliant level of tension. It’s known throughout history how important cats are, for example with the Egyptians, but this really brought it in to the modern day world.
The ending was abrupt, but in the best way. I don’t think any other ending would have done the book justice. If you want a good horror novel, this is perfect for October – however make sure not to read it at night.
You never know what or who is watching…
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