The Possessions

The Possessions

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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"I was totally immersed in the strange, beautiful world of Sara Flannery Murphy's The Possessions. A gripping, chilling read that's part love story, part mystery, and completely original, it's sensuous, scary, and utterly thrilling. I've never read anything quite like it." —Anton DiSclafani, author of The Yonahlossee Riding Camp for Girls"An enthralling meditation on grief and memory cloaked in suspenseful psychodrama, The Possessions dissolves the boundaries of past and present and artfully, heartbreakingly maps the consequences of transgressive desire. Sara Flannery Murphy has written the best kind of ghost story." —Robin Wasserman, author of Girls on FireIn this electrifying literary debut, a young woman who channels the dead for a living crosses a dangerous line when she falls in love with one of her clients, whose wife died under mysterious circumstances.In an unnamed city, Eurydice works for the Elysian Society, a private service that allows grieving clients to reconnect with lost loved ones. She and her fellow workers, known as "bodies", wear the discarded belongings of the dead and swallow pills called lotuses to summon their spirits—numbing their own minds and losing themselves in the process. Edie has been a body at the Elysian Society for five years, an unusual record. Her success is the result of careful detachment: she seeks refuge in the lotuses' anesthetic effects and distances herself from making personal connections with her clients. But when Edie channels Sylvia, the dead wife of recent widower Patrick Braddock, she becomes obsessed with the glamorous couple. Despite the murky circumstances surrounding Sylvia's drowning, Edie breaks her own rules and pursues Patrick, moving deeper into his life and summoning Sylvia outside the Elysian Society's walls. After years of hiding beneath the lotuses' dulling effect, Edie discovers that the lines between her own desires and those of Sylvia have begun to blur, and takes increasing risks to keep Patrick within her grasp. Suddenly, she finds her quiet life unraveling as she grapples not only with Sylvia's growing influence and the questions surrounding her death, but with her own long-buried secrets. A tale of desire and obsession, deceit and dark secrets that defies easy categorization, The Possessions is a seductive, absorbing page-turner that builds to a shattering, unforgettable conclusion.
Publisher: 2017.
ISBN: 9780062458339

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Aug 07, 2017

Very intriguing idea and story line.. but the ending kind of fizzled out. It was a lot of build up to a poor ending.

ArapahoeKati Apr 24, 2017

I was excited to read this but about halfway through the book, the plot and the characters seemed to both explode and shrink, and I couldn't get a handle on who was who or where the plot was going because all the drama had been sucked out. I think you could skip this one.

sramos886 Mar 12, 2017

I was excited to read the The possessions, it seemed like an amazing concept for the novel but it just fell flat as much as I wanted to like it. It took a turn for the boring when the concept would have lead to a very interesting story line. I found the central character flat and boring and to be honest I found her story to be so basic and vapid. They built up the idea of such a haunting past which lead to her running to the Elysian Society but when they actually revealed her "haunting past" it was not as big of a wow factor as they lead us to believe. More importantly the whole story line involving her romance with her client also did not arouse my interests. The story had potential but overall I was disappointed, very lack luster.

Feb 09, 2017

The Possessions, the literary debut by Sara Flannery Murphy, felt like a mix between a paranormal thriller, a domestic thriller, fantasy, and a science fiction novel. Something about it was very “other worldly”. Something about it was very dark. I may not know how to categorize this book, but one thing is for sure, I was unable to put this novel down.

I loved the beginning of this novel; I was completely engrossed in this completely original plot. The novel opens with Edie preparing for her client. She painstakingly applies lipstick. A colour she would never wear; a colour that Patrick Braddock’s wife, Sylvia, wore often. When she was alive. After meeting Patrick, she becomes obsessed with Sylvia and Patrick’s relationship. Is she falling in love with Patrick? Is Sylvia trying to take over? Who is in control? As these lines blur, another mystery of a murdered woman has a connection to Edie.

I did find that the middle of this novel dragged a bit, but the momentum did pick up nearing the end and all of the novel’s mysteries come tumbling together, weaving an intricate story and calling on Greek mythology to create an electrifying conclusion.

If you are a fan of a novel that will quicken your heart rate with a paranormal twist, you will love The Possessions.

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