Claire by Liz Sower
I interview my neighbors in our shockingly haunted town of Wellesley, Massachusetts and I transcribe their stories for my blog Ghosts in the Burbs. Three women told me a horrific tale from their past and in doing so involved me in their horror. You may have heard part of this story before but I didn’t tell you everything . . . This is the complete story of Claire.
Emily’s LOHF Review
“I feel every terrifying bit of what they took from me.”
Claire is the first book from one of my favorite fictional paranormal podcasts – Ghosts in the Burbs. If you aren’t listening, you’re missing out! Start from the beginning and you’ll be hooked forever.
Claire’s story is fascinating and creepy. Something bad happened to her, and she wants revenge. I loved the dark magic aspect of the story, and seeing how everything falls apart when people mess with stuff they shouldn’t mess with. It’s a recurring story on the podcast, and I ordered this book as soon as I found out about it.
Now about the book itself – this is really more of a podcast companion than a standalone book. I was really hoping to be able to say otherwise so that maybe I could encourage people to read it & then follow up with the podcast. However, I know I would have struggled with Claire if I hadn’t listened to the podcast first. It’s a little bit too disjointed to stand on its own as a novella.
For example, some characters aren’t fully introduced, and some storylines fade out and never come back. I imagine this is because they will come up again in later volumes. Claire also isn’t a complete story on its own, and you will have to read the next book to find out more. I was frustrated by the lack of resolution, and was hoping that this would be a complete novella with the ending wrapped up (at least a little bit).
That being said, I had a lot of fun reading this book and will definitely be picking up volume 2. This is a promising series, and I’m very interested to see what other podcast storylines Liz chooses to write about. If you decide to pick this one up, I recommend listening to the podcast first.