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3.27  ·  Rating details ·  73 ratings  ·  53 reviews
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
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Published March 1st 2018
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Are you a cat lover? Welcome to Clervaux where cats are more than a tourist attraction, more than the mysterious creatures with nine lives, they are everything. They can be terrifying, they are everywhere. They can say who lives and who dies and no one can stop them. CLOWDERS by Vanessa Morgan is a dark and deadly look at a town controlled by cats and a mysterious creature that stalked through the night.

It was a huge move, uprooting his family, taking them to a tiny hamlet in Luxembourg, but Ai
Jun 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: horror, limbo, netgalley
The rating is kinda closer to 2,5 stars, but let's just round it up.

This book was definitely inspired by (if not outright ripping off) Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt, and that gave me some strong feelings of deja vu. A village in Europe (Hex was originally published in Dutch and set in the Netherlands), that has been cursed with a creature of some sort, that can come and go as they please as they check on the villagers one by one during the day, and something bad will happen if you provoke them, and
Mar 05, 2018 rated it liked it
It says that the author is called the 'female Stephen King'. I'm not sure who calls her this or if they've ever read Stephen King, but no. Just no.

This is basic horror. More old-fashioned than old-school, there are very few surprises here. Likable characters include the couple's daughter, their cat, and a guy named David. Unlikable characters include...everyone else.

The author chose to make one character American and another one who is Irish, but seems to have spent many years in America, yet th
Rachel (TheShadesofOrange)
May 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: review-copy, horror
3.5 Stars
This was such a wonderfully quirky horror novel involving a small town held captive by an ancient presence. Given the synopsis, one could easily underestimate this story. I initially expected a campy creature feature involving crazy cat ladies. Instead, this was an intelligent piece of classic horror with a family at the heart of the story.

While not particularly scary, I found the narrative to be engrossing. The main characters were well developed with relatable motivations and flaws.
May 15, 2018 rated it liked it
Thank you to Netgalley and the publisher for the chance to read this book!

First of all, I'm going to say that my review will probably veer into spoiler territory, although not too much more than what the blurb implies. Basically this is the story of Aiden and Jess, and their daughter Eleonore, who move from America to Luxemburg. Aiden is a restless spirit, drawn to travel and adventure, but his wife Jess is not. She seeks stability for her daughter, and couldn't bear letting Aiden go, and so the
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Aiden, who is Irish, moves his family from America to Clervaux, Luxembourg. He is excited for the new adventure. His American wife, Jess, is not. The city of Clervaux turns out to be literally ruled by clowders of cats (a clowder is a group of cats like a pack is a group of dogs).
I really don't read much horror but I was intrigued by the concept of a horror book centering on cats and one centered on a real town. I really had no idea where
Irene Well Worth A Read
First the good..
This was a creative and creepy tale with a decent back story that tells the legend of this cursed village. Personally I love stories about creepy little towns with strange inhabitants who are all in on a secret that leaves the newcomers in peril.
This picturesque town of Clervaux delivers that along with a demonic being who will take revenge on anyone who kills a cat. The main characters are Aidan, a controlling, selfish, yet weak willed veterinarian who expects his wife to just g
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Picturesque, almost anachronistic, Clerveaux, Luxembourg--tucked into a forest, nearby are an historic castle and abbey, within the tiny village are bakery, chocolatier, veterinary practice, friendly townsfolk. And cats: healthy, people-friendly, delightful cats. What a "purr-fect" environment. Not!
The townspeople are effectually servants to the cats, more specifically to the cats' Protector. "Nine lives of a cat" means one cat demise = nine humans decease. And woe unto anyone who accidentally o
J. d'Merricksson
Apr 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clowders by Vanessa Morgan is a first-rate horror story. When Adrian Burns is offered a job as a vet in a cat clinic in Luxembourg, it seems a dream come true for his wanderlust. The little village of Clervaux is a cat lover’s paradise. People come from all over to see the cats.

But Clervaux hides a dark secret. Cats must die a natural death here. If humans cause the death of a cat, maliciously or accidentally, the guardian spirit that protects the cats will retaliate by taking the lives of nine
Keith Chawgo
May 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Clowders aka The Cats is an interesting horror novel that is an interesting read but at times the characters let it down somewhat. Starting off with a superstition that piques the interest of the reader about a small town in Europe that celebrates cats and the consequences of those, that do not honour their fur babies.

Mason has done an excellent job setting up the rules and folk tale of this community. She has a fully realised feel for the environment and the town itself. Even her supporting cha
Mar 16, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: female-author
Full review available at:

I liked a lot about this book! The plot is really intriguing because it’s about a fictional myth that Morgan has created, not based on an actual myth, and I thought that this was very clever. The ‘myth’ ensures the safety of the town’s cats as the locals believe that if a cat is killed (by unnatural causes) then nine people will die as recompense. Cats seem to have more rights than humans in the town of Clervaux. I find cats creepy a
Apr 17, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: amazon-reviewed
Clowders by Vanessa Morgan is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in mid-April.

Clervaux, Luxembourg: a place with suspicious locals and a whole lot of cats. The story of Aidan, a veterinarian, his wife, Jess, and daughter Eleanore settling in as newcomers to Clervaux is riddled with heavily implied suspense and tension through banal, repetitive interactions with second glances; rather a lot like a weak-tea Hot Fuzz.
Melissa Borsey
Apr 23, 2018 rated it liked it
A town being run, first and foremost, by keeping all the cats safe and healthy or else. I found this story to be very creepy and creative. In league with Stephen King or Dean Koontz? No. But it was interesting and atmospheric. I thank Netgalley for the opportunity to read and review this book.
May 25, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Super creepy and quirky - which is exactly what I was expecting from the cover and synopsis. This story did not disappoint! I do wish there was a bit more suspense (hence the missing star rating) but overall this was definitely worth my time. I recommend to all fans who love a good shiver-causing read.
This review was originally posted on my blog, Paradise Found.

I received a free ebook copy of this book from the publishers via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

I was expecting a thrilling tale going into Clowders but unfortunately I closed the book in the end fairly disappointed. The plain truth is: I was a lot more bored than thrilled while reading it and I kept waiting for a turning point that would have changed my opinion but the real rush of fear never came and I was eventually le
I received a copy of this book via NetGalley.

There is a town in Luxembourg where cats in their dozens roam the streets freely, the lives of the feline residents valued more highly than those of the humans living there. Superstition says that the town of Clervaux is cursed.

Veterinarian Aidan and his wife and daughter, Jess and Eleonore (and Eleonore's cat Avalon), move to Clervaux from the USA as Aidan has secured a job at the local cat clinic. When a seriously ill cat is brought in to the clini
Laura Thomas
Mar 01, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
They say cats have nine lives. What that means in the lovely isolated town of Clervaux, Luxemburg is they take nine. That’s right. When a cat dies, nine human lives are taken.

When an American family moves to Clervaux, they believe the legend is just that, a legend. But then a cat is killed and not long after someone dies. One down, eight to go.

This started out so hopeful. A scenic little town, friendly inhabitants, and lots of cats. But slowly, the atmosphere darkens. Strange noises are heard. S
Mar 01, 2018 rated it it was amazing
A clowder of cats – and more

Belgian author Vanessa Morgan is an author, screenwriter (three of her works have been made into movies), and blogger on her site called Traveling Cats. She is also an avid cat photographer – an avocation that enhances her books about felines.

Vanessa provides the ‘set’ for her very cinematic book with an Introduction that bears sharing (in part): ‘Outsiders called Clervaux quaint, but the locals called it something else – cursed. How it came to be known as such had b
Sep 03, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: horror
Clowders is a book that reminded me a lot of vintage, small-town European horror from the likes of Herbert, Hutson, Clark, and Campbell. Vanessa Morgan weaves a creepy, suspenseful tale about urban legends and rural superstitions, with a plot that feeds on paranoia and fear. Moreover, while she does play cat-and-mouse with the mystery of what's really happening, she digs in the supernatural claws about halfway through, delivering a cold climax that's entirely fitting.

Clervaux, a small village in
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aidan lives in America with his wife Jess and daughter Eleonore. Aidan has always been a nomad and is used to moving around a lot. When he gets a job as a veterinarian in Clervaux, Luxembourg, they pack up their belongings and move to Europe. Clervaux is a small town that has more cats than human residents. It's also know as 'cat haven'. Tourists go there all the time to meet the cats and to buy cat themed souvenirs from the local shops. Having a cat themselves you'd think that Aidan and his fam ...more
Veronica Noechel
Jul 18, 2020 rated it did not like it
Arrgh, I can't tell you how much I hate leaving bad reviews. I really wanted to like this book. I loved the idea of a horror novel about cats. Cats are little carnivorous predators we willingly bring into our homes...there's so much potential there. They are closely related to animals who would gladly eat us or basically any moving creature smaller than themselves. Cats revert to their feral instincts so easily when stressed or abandoned, there is a real sense of bringing the wild into our homes ...more
Benni Taylor
Jun 19, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks, arc
Review also posted on my blog:

I received an ARC of this book from the publisher via NetGalley. This book has content warnings for cat death, human death, gore, car accidents, physical violence, and toxic relationships.

This book was a mixed bag for me because while I thought the premise was fascinating and thought that the horror aspects of the book were really good and creepy, I felt frustrated with much of the rest of the book. To start with, I could not
Apr 01, 2018 rated it liked it
When I read the synopsis of this book I thought I would absolutely enjoy reading Clowders. But now that I have finished reading Clowders I feel that my expectations had not being met satisfactorily, though I agree I had quite a high amount of expectations. Anyways jumping straight to the review, first I would talk about the good points then I would let you on to why this book kind of disappointed me.

First thing that I loved about the book were the two characters Jess and Eleonore. Jess’ characte
Kathy Finfrock
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
I don’t want to give a synopsis as in Aiden, Jess, and their young daughter move to a small out of the way town that has more cats than people or where that at all costs, a cat’s life is valued more than human. Come on. You just read it in the above book description.
I want to talk about the relationship between Aiden and Jessie. I want to gossip about who is right and who is wrong and what is the real cause of the breakdown of their marriage. I want to debate who does Avalon, the cat, really be
Jessica Bronder
Mar 22, 2018 rated it really liked it
In Eselborn in 1789 there is a horrible winter that found the residence freezing and starving. People would go out to hunt but would disappear. Those that went out looking for them never returned. But it seems the author of the journal entry discovered something strange in Clervauz.

Clervauz, Luxembourg is also known as “cat haven.” There are more cats to humans and tourists visit to see the cats and buy cat merchandise. But on May 2015, Camille learns that the curse she learned as a child is tru
Apr 30, 2018 rated it liked it
The town of Clervaux is the perfect cat sanctuary. Set somewhere in Luxembourg, the town is small, picturesque, and a tourist attraction for any cat lover. All residents of this small town seem to adore their feline friends, doing anything they can in order to keep them safe. And we do mean anything, at all costs.

Aidan, a vet , moves to Clervaux with his wife, and Jess , and their daughter. The place is quiet, beautiful and magical. But when Jess accidentally kills a cat on a car accident, thing
Aug 21, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: netgalley, 2018
Who wouldn’t like cats? Raise your hands, don’t be shy. Who is afraid of cats? Who has suffered an attack from a cat? Who does not love cats? Cats …

The author of this book is said to be a female version of Stephen King. True, when I read the story, it reminded me the Pet Sematary and Sleepwalkers, but it was also like any other horror movie I have ever seen, where a nice family or couple move into new town, somewhere that is not too crowded and somewhere that is somewhat secluded from rest of th
Todd Simpson
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Brilliant, I loved it!! There were so many things I enjoyed about this story. Vanessa Morgan has done a fantastic job in writing a book that just grabs your attention, and doesn’t let go. Besides being well written, I liked the fact that I didn’t know where the story was going to end up, and I was left continually guessing right up until the very end. It’s quite a clever and unique plot.
Moving to Clervaux, Luxembourg certainly sounds exciting, and it should have been for Aidan, Jess and their da
Susan Johnston
May 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Princess Fuzzypants here: Normally, I am ecstatic about a book where cats play an integral role and clearly with the title of Clowders, we are the main focus. I am not a huge horror fan to begin but when my species is the source of evil, I am not a purring camper. Let me tell, this is downright creepy and scary.
Jess, Aidan, Eleanore and kitty, Avalon, leave everything behind so Aidan can live his dream of working in Europe. He is a vet and starts working at a cat clinic in their new town in Lux
Ms Cat's World
Mar 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
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
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Vanessa Morgan is an author, screenwriter, and blogger. Two of her works, The Strangers Outside and A Good Man, have been turned into films. Her short film script Next to Her is currently in pre-production. When she's not working on her latest book, you can find her reading, watching horror movies, digging through flea markets, or photographing felines for her blog Traveling Cats.

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