Claire-obscure By Billie Hinton (Amazon)
I received a free copy of Claire-Obscure from the recent Blog Tour de Troops held over Memorial Day weekend. It took very little time before I was thoroughly hooked into the story. I finished it more than a week ago and was just now ready to write a review about it. This story left a deep and lasting impression on me that is sure to linger for quite some time.
Claire has issues, she wants to be a writer but only writes letters to Virginia Woolf. She has unresolved issues from childhood, a distant mother and a gay father and that is only the tip of the iceberg.
A chance encounter in a club sends her on a dangerous path of self examination as she finds herself trapped in an increasingly unhealthy relationship with Finn Weston, a medical student who has serious issues of his own. And then there is Raoul Duras, a dangerous man in his own right as a Delta Force member who likes to rescue damsels in distress.
Only Claire isn’t sure she wants to be rescued or that she deserves to be.
All three of the main characters are amazing multi faceted people with flaws, quirks and are entirely too human in their need to be loved and to love. Watching this story unfold is kind of like coming up on a massive car accident. You know beyond a shadow of a doubt that it isn’t going to be pretty and yet you can’t look away. The emotions of each decision or lack of decision are so raw that it almost breaks your heart watching Claire as she slides into madness with Finn and tries desperately to find some kind of normal with Raoul. The characters are so real that you feel like you have been on an emotional roller-coaster ride by time it is over.
This book was beautifully written in an incredibly thought provoking and more than mildly disturbing way that will leave a lasting impression on you.