Review | The Possession by Michael Rutger

Hello, fellow readers! I absolutely LOVED The Anomaly by Michael Rutger last year, so when I discovered there was a sequel coming out, I knew I had to read it ASAP. You do not need to read The Anomaly before picking up The Possession. There are some mentions of the previous book, but the author is careful not to give too much away.

Many thanks to Grand Central Publishing for sending me an advance copy via NetGalley in exchange for my honest review.


Description: The Possession follows Nolan and his team from The Anomaly Files, a YouTube webseries, to upstate California to investigate mysterious stone walls. What Nolan doesn’t tell the team is he is really following his ex-wife, Kristy, whom he has a very strange and awkward relationship with. Kristy is in the area investigating the disappearance of a local teen girl. Eventually, the two separate investigations begin to converge as mysterious and spooky (no really, SPOOKY!) things begin to happen in the town.

What I Liked: The atmosphere of this book is amazing. I thought the buildup of supernatural events was great and definitely creeped me out, especially while reading late at night.

What I Didn’t Like: There was just a little too much going on by the end of this one. I never fully understood exactly what was going on with the walls. And maybe I missed something there or I wanted it to be more than it was. I don’t think the two separate storylines came together well enough for me by the end. And I really didn’t like Kristy for most of the book.

Final Thoughts: I gave The Possession four stars. I expected to love this as much as The Anomaly, but I spent the last 30% or so of the book very confused as to what was going on. There were times that it felt like a chore to read this, and I don’t remember feeling that way with The Anomaly. This would have been three stars if I had not been so legitimately freaked out while reading the book. I will still read future books in this series (if there are any), but I would prefer more isolated settings, like the Grand Canyon in the first book.


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