Author: Kate Cann
Genre: YA Paranormal
Publication Date: February 1, 2010
Format: Hardcover, 336 Pages
ISBN-10: 0545128129 (Point)
ISBN-13: 978-0545128124 (Point)
Synopsis (Author Site):
Rayne wants a complete break from her old life, from her possessive boyfriend and the claustrophobia of the inner-city estate she lives on. She lands a live-in job in the wildness of the country, at an ancient manor house called Morton’s Keep, where life is exhilarating, but terrifying too. There’s something sinister going on at the Keep – something to do with its history – but no one will talk to her about it. No one except her new group of friends, that is. They’re alluring and seductive …especially the group leader, the elegant St John.
Who can she trust to tell her the truth? She can sense something evil growing – but from where, from who? And how can she keep herself safe from it?
Quick & Dirty: A vividly written novel that lends a genuinely creepy feel, and is sure to keep you away from the countryside.
Opening Sentence: Rayne sat on the end of her narrow bed next to Jelly’s cot, painting her nails.
Excerpt: Not Available.
All Rayne can think about is escaping her miserable life in London. She lives in a rundown, crime laden, and crowded housing development with no real prospect of getting out. Rayne also feels suffocated and trapped by her mother, caring for her baby brother, and her controlling boyfriend, Damian. She struggles to maintain her sanity amid all the noise and neighborhood violence. Rayne has the opportunity to take a break from her studies and decides to take a job at a secluded country estate, Morton’s Keep. The very idea of being near the mansion late at night paralyzes the locals with fear. Eventually, Rayne makes new friends and becomes enamored with the very creepy and mysterious St. John. Not only does Rayne believe that her newfound friends have something to hide, she becomes suspicious about the history surrounding Morton’s Keep and as she delves deeper into the Keep’s lore she finds a lot more than she bargains for.
Possessed is engaging and addresses a lot of real life issues. For example, Rayne does not possess an idyllic family life to say the least. Rayne also possesses certain foibles, such as her somewhat cavalier relationship with the truth. Strangely, flaws like these serve to make Rayne even more sympathetic. I was captivated by her struggle to strike out on her own so far away from her familiar life in London. Ms. Cann also doesn’t skimp on the supporting cast, which consists of well realized personalities that all speak with authentic voices. The interplay amongst these characters was authentic and captured the real vibe between young adults. The character of St. John is a special stand out. I thought that I had him all figured out, but I was completely wrong.
Needless to say I really enjoyed Possessed. Ms. Cann delivers a chilling and eerie world that will leave you wanting more. The pacing of the book is perfect and Morton’s Keep drips with atmosphere. I eagerly await a return trip to the world of Possessed.
The words liquefied her with terror. She broke cover and ran. She had no idea if the men were following – the cracking, crashing noise of her flight covered any sound they may have made. She hurtled on, arms out in front, shielding her face from the branches whipping at her, running anywhere there was a path through the trees, running, running, doubling back on herself, her breath coming in great gasps….
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