Sep 052012

claire-obscure claire-obscure by Billie Hinton
Source: Free copy for 2011 Blog Tour de Troops
Links: Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads, Author’s website

Claire Caviness loves words and books. She wears vintage clothing and hides behind the camera lens and in the red light of her makeshift darkroom. She wants to be a writer but all she manages to write are letters to Virginia Woolf.

Lonely, unfulfilled, and envious of her best friend who has moved to Italy, Claire heads out to the same old club one night but takes a right turn out of her usual routine and meets Finn Weston, a mysterious and disturbed medical student who lures her into a folie a deux – a shared madness that forces Claire to look at the things she’s tried desperately to leave behind.

When Claire’s friend Lucy is found dead and Finn is implicated in the murder, Raoul Duras, a Delta Force operator with a penchant for rescuing prostitutes, offers a way out of the madness.

In a raw, edgy journey from trauma to restoration, Claire examines her deepest fears: grief for her distant mother and gay father, the awakening of her conflicted sexuality, and the darkness that pulls her to the intrigue and danger of two very different – and dangerous – men.

This was a dark, depressing read. The story is quite heavy with a desperate feel to it.  Even with this though, the ending had a glimmer of hope and the idea of overcoming darkness.

The characters were the biggest part of the story. Claire was frustrating, and at points I started to hate her. Finn was scary and dangerous, and was easy to hate. Raoul was the light of the story with his gentle understanding nature. He had his own dark side, he seemed much more controlled and “normal”.

While I didn’t like most of the characters, the writing quality was great. The fact that I had such a strong reaction to the characters said a lot. They felt real, and so I had a real reaction to them.

3 stars

Challenges read for:

2012 Ebook Challenge

2012 Self-Published Reading Challenge

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