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Product Details

  • Paperback: 381 pages
  • Publisher: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc. (December 20, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1414324340
  • ISBN-13: 978-1414324340
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 5.6 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,007,374 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Burned-out from a sniper case, his marriage on the rocks, Washington, D.C., detective Vance Graegan retires from the police force and moves to California, where he and his wife intend to open a delicatessen. But it’s not going to be a smooth move. First, the movers announce they’re not releasing Graegan’s possessions unless he pays them an exorbitant sum of money (this is based on a distressingly common true-life scam). But the situation quickly goes from bad to worse, and soon Vance is fighting something he thought he’d left securely buried in his past. This is a solidly plotted novel with only one real drawback: savvy readers will spot the main villain on first appearance (this seems not to be deliberate on the author’s part). Aside from this slip, Gutteridge does a nice job of building suspense and showing us the toll it’s taking on Vance Graegan’s family. --David Pitt

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Possession perfectly captures the essence of the intense world of a homicide detective―and the awful toll the job can exact on a soul. Rene Gutteridge’s remarkable storytelling ability shines through in this nonstop suspense masterpiece, and it will keep you turning the pages well into the night. Highly recommended! (Mark Mynheir, homicide detective and author of The Corruptible)

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If you like a good clean mystery then this is the book for you.
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The way the plot develops keeps you in the edge of your chair till the last page.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Discovering Liz on December 29, 2010
Format: Paperback
Detective Vance Graegan worked the D.C. sniper case, and it changed him forever. Taking a toll on his life and marriage, he and his wife Lindy decide to make a fresh start and move to California to open a deli. They can finally put the police work and the baggage that came with it behind them.

Except maybe it's not as easy as they thought it might be.

Upon arriving in California, Lindy finds a condo to rent and a possible building to lease for their deli, but when the movers arrive with all of their belongings, they demand a ransom of the Graegans before they will give them their possessions. Vance's past is fast catching up with him.

I do enjoy Rene Gutteridge's books, but I struggled to care about these main characters until toward the end of the book. The plot of the story kept me reading, though. It was unique to anything I've read before. I also like fast-paced suspense, and I had this one read in two days.

My only complaint of the book is the lack of any character having a relationship with Christ. The Graegans' son prayed all the time because of something he learned on TV one day while watching a televangelist, and then prayer becomes the moral of the story. The problem with that concept is that there's no mention in the book about how to have a personal relationship with Christ. People can pray all they want, but if they don't have Christ as Savior, it's basically meaningless. I just feel that the story was sorely lacking any depth in this area.

Aside from that, I still liked the plot and the suspense. I'm giving this book 4 stars.

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I wish to thank Tyndale House Publishers for providing me with a free copy to review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions expressed here are my own.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan VINE VOICE on January 19, 2011
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Possession by Rene Gutteridge is a fast paced action thriller with a subtle bent towards Christianity. The D.C. sniper case becomes an excellent background as the lead character Vance Graegan, a former detective sells everything to move his family across the nation to California to start over. However, in the process of the movers decide to hold the Graegan's possessions for ransom. Enraged, Vance puts his background as a detective to work to reclaim his family's belongings. However, everything soon gets complicated as secrets about Vance's past come to light.

I was very drawn into reading this book. The author has an excellent knack for timing and setting the hook of a story. I found myself very engrossed in the drama and dialogue. The first two thirds of the book were very well developed. However, the last third of the book, though still a good read, seemed somewhat pressed. I felt as though more could have been done to flesh out the character of the villan and some of Vance's past secrets. I sense that if the author were to add 100 pages of refined plot development along these lines that the book would read much better all the way through.

Overall I really enjoyed reading this book and would highly recommend it to anyone looking to read clean action oriented fiction with a Christian sub-text.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book free from Tyndale House Publishers as part of their Tyndale Blog Network. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Jami Lynn on February 8, 2011
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Possession, written by Rene Gutteridge was a pleasant thriller. If you're looking for clean suspense, this is your book. I've not been a big fan of mysteries, but books like this make me change my mind.

Vance Graegan, main character in the story, was a cop involved in the D.C. sniper case. Having dealt with the stress of his job long enough, Vance decided to move his family to California in an attempt to start his life anew. However, upon leaving, the movers decided to hold his family's possessions for ransom (due to the condo being too far from the curb), creating a chaotic situation in which Vance was determined to surpass. After a confrontation with Joe the mover, Vance began an investigation, and things begin to quickly heat up.

If you like a good mystery, this one won't disappoint!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris Comfort on January 12, 2011
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Possession is a good book, not a great book - but I after finishing it, I realize I am not part of the Target Audience. I have an idea that when I give this book to my sister she will think it's a great book.

The story is of a Police Detective, Vance Graegan, who leaves his Washington, DC to move his family to California in the hopes of starting a new life. He suffers from a deep dark secret that he has kept from his wife and child (Lindy and Conner).

Conner is the glue that ties the story together - his parents are struggling with their marriage, their new life and the move - then they find out that Joe the Mover is holding every single one of their Possessions for ransom. It is Conner and his Etch-A-Sketch, his innocence and his faith in God, that the reader is drawn back to time and time again.

My disappointment was more that the bad characters are bad and the good characters are good. It's a very black and white story, with a excellent moral, but a very straight line way of dealing with everything. Fans of James Patterson and Karen Kingsbury will love this book, and the Christian elements are solid throughout. It just wasn't "my type of book".

Rene Gutteridge is an excellent author, make no mistake about it. One of my favorite quotes from a book in years came from Chapter 29. Conner is trying to teach his mum, Lindy, how to pray and they have the following exchange:

"...you always have to thank God first. That's important. If you don't be thankful, then you miss out on what God's doing. You don't see it."

"But let's pretend we're getting ready to be in a car wreck, and we need God's help fast. Then what kind of prayer do you pray?"

"You don't pray then, Mom," he said. "You just trust that He's there.
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Rene Gutteridge is the author of eighteen novels, including Escapement, Possession, Listen, Never the Bride (2011 Carol Award Winner), The Boo Series, The Storm Series, The Occupational Hazards Series and My Life as a Doormat, a Women of Faith selection for 2006. She has a degree in Mass Communications with an emphasis in screenwriting and twenty years of experience writing, directing and publishing comedy sketches. She writes in both comedy and suspense genres. Her upcoming releases from Tyndale House Publishers: Heart of the Country, Misery Loves Company and Old Fashioned. From B&H Publishers: Greetings from the Flipside co-written with Cheryl McKay.

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