FUN SUSPENSEFUL READ
I was thrilled to receive a review copy of this suspenseful tale. Rene delves into a scenario so many people are facing right now. So many have recently lost so much due to catastrophic situations beyond their control such as hurricanes, fire and flood. Rene had experienced the Oklahoma bombing, saw the devastation and watched how others dealt with tremendous loss. She wanted to explore the idea of losing everything, what that would mean and look like?
Vance, the main character learns quickly how short life really is as they try to track down a sniper in Washington D.C. Vance and the other officers desperately try to come up with a common denominator between the shootings in order to determine where this ghost sniper would strike next. After that ordeal, Vance suffers from Post-traumatic stress disorder.
The author became interested in PTSD after she experienced the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995. It's similar to what vets experience but different. Rene does an amazing job of creating multi-layered characters that you instantly care about. I loved her first line, Ã¢ÂÂCan you please state your full name?Ã¢ÂÂ She has the reader in court and Linda Greagan on the stand. I was swept into the story and was fascinated as to where Rene would take me next.
Vance reminded me of Bruce Willis in the Die Hard movie, who is smart, rough and tough but unlike Bruce who was saving the city, Vance had had enough of his job and wanted out. He was ready to start a new kind of life. He wanted to help his wife achieve her dream. LindiÃ¢ÂÂs dream was to own a Deli. It was something they could do together. His friends laughed at him but he was serious. He wasted enough years on the force risking his life for nothing. Now, was the time for his wife and son Conner.
Just when Vance thought things were going well, his wife quickly found a place to live, she had a lead on a perfect location for their Deli and they arrived in CA ahead of schedule.
Vance is in such a hurry to get this new life started and meet his family in CA he doesnÃ¢ÂÂt take the time to read the fine print of his moving contract. All heck breaks loose when he gets to California to meet the movers. Moving is stressful on a good day but VanceÃ¢ÂÂs experience is extreme.
His wife, Lindi, hears this from the moving worker, Ã¢ÂÂMaÃ¢ÂÂam you are contractually obligated to pay us what you owe us.Ã¢ÂÂ ThatÃ¢ÂÂs fine but this wasnÃ¢ÂÂt the price they agreed on.
Vance is about to go ballistic when he hears this from his wife. What was happening? Vance learned over the years he had to departmentalize things; he couldn't get emotional because if he did he would miss something important. He would miss something he needed to solve the case. He was trained. Vance went into police mode to help him handle this crazy moving situation - just like he'd do with any case he was on.
On the gentler side of the story, I liked how their son, Conner, watched a televangelist on TV and got to know and accept Jesus has his personal savior. His parents werenÃ¢ÂÂt excited about this event and hoped it would go away, when he grew up. They actually got scared when this behavior didnÃ¢ÂÂt end. So, they took him to therapists to be observed. But the boy just kept being himself and would innocently share his relationship with Jesus and what it meant to him.
I enjoyed Conner and the beauty of a childÃ¢ÂÂs love relationship and faith in Jesus is precious. I adored the part when Connor explained to his mom how to pray, Ã¢ÂÂYou have to always thank God first. ThatÃ¢ÂÂs important. If you donÃ¢ÂÂt be thankful, then you miss out on what GodÃ¢ÂÂs doing. You donÃ¢ÂÂt see itÃ¢ÂÂ¦ She wanted to hurry her son along in the prayer and Lindi says, Ã¢ÂÂBut letÃ¢ÂÂs pretend weÃ¢ÂÂre getting ready to be in a car wreck, and we need GodÃ¢ÂÂs help fast. Then what kind of prayer do you pray?Ã¢ÂÂ
Ã¢ÂÂYou donÃ¢ÂÂt pray then, Mom, Ã¢ÂÂConner said. Ã¢ÂÂYou just trust that HeÃ¢ÂÂs there.Ã¢ÂÂ His mom saw great wisdom in her sonÃ¢ÂÂs eyes.
I loved the relational dynamic in this novel, the excitement, the honest spiritual thread and how Rene masterfully blends it all together. Amazing!
I highly recommend reading Possession, the book is a great escape into a world Rene creates, to make you laugh, sweep you up into a suspenseful drama and help you think about a few things along the way. Great combination! Thanks Rene for another book that had so much to offer at book club and is just a plain fun read.
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September 20, 2011
A good read
The book overall was good. A real page turner. In the end I think there should have been one more chapter or an epilogue summing up everything. I would have liked to know if they stayed in California, did they open the deli, did Vance get help, did mother and daughter become closer?
June 4, 2011
Another great thriller by Rene
Once again, Rene has written a page turner. I was expecting it, having read other of her books, but was actually surprised when i turned the last page that i had read all day... The story is told from both Vance's view point and his wife Lindy's. Very well written, sit-on-the-edge of your seat (which i literally did) action and suspense from the very first page to the last. What more can i say, without being redundant? It's another awesome thriller by Rene.
Thanks to Rene Gutteridge for this book. She did not ask me for a review, nor did i need to write a positive one! I look forward to reading Listen.
February 13, 2011
must read thriller list for 2011!
Renee's attention to detail and just enough Je ne c'est pas to tangle me deep into the book that it was all I could think about for two days while I read it. It was soooooooooo delicious! I love how the scenes played out and messed with me - just when you thought it was one thing, it was something else, and just when you didn't think it could be this, it was that! She kept me on toes through out the whole book. I loved the theme throughout the book of hope and redemption - that you can't hide from the truth. I loved how involved you got with the characters! Lindy was a doll, but definitely not a push over - she seemed like any one of my friends, and Vance - he was what I imagined a burnt out cop would be like -- along with the slew of other characters that kept the story hopping! Possession had me chasing nightmares right along with them!
So if you're a thrill rider, this one won't disappoint!
*review copy provided in exchange for my honest opinion
January 17, 2011