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Mary E. Merrell
Abby isn't thrilled about the family move to 'the sticks'. She'd rather be with her best friend, shopping at the mall than watching her parents attempt to turn a half-built house into a dream. But soon her social life becomes the least of her worries.
At around 180 pages, this is a quick read, but it's one that packs a punch. Abby is a thirteen-year-old girl with a bit of an attitude, but then her older sister isn't a super kind soul either. This book caught me a little off guard, at first. It is a YA novel--which, as the plot goes along, fits perfectly--but Abby herself comes across a little young and hit me more as a good fit for an upper middle grade story. There are a few things the author touches on which fit the tweeny age group, and I'm not sure they really added anything to the plot or Abby's character. Luckily, this 'age' issue is irrelevant as trouble nears and the real problem looms over Abby's head like a dark omen.
There are twists and turns but most of them aren't unexpected. Still, that's not necessary to keep the tension high. It's clear what the evil is, but the author keeps the reader on the edge of the seat until the very end. It's easy to fear for Abby and wonder if she'll somehow manage to escape the fate laid out for her. She's level-headed--although her parents aren't--and her actions make sense for the most part. This makes the story even spookier as she tries to escape from a danger she senses is there, but keeps ramming into walls, which have been built by her own stupidity. So bonus points to Abby on that!
Summed up, this is a quick, thrilling read which is sure to delight younger YA fans and keep their knuckles white as they grip these pages until that very last page.
I received a complimentary copy and enjoyed reading it enough to want to leave my honest thoughts.
Plus, she’s seeing a girl on the property but they are fleeting glimpses. When Abby tries to follow the girl or find her, the girl is gone. After watching her open the door to the locked garage, Abby knows something strange is happening. When she finds the girl’s journal in one of the pieces of furniture stored in the garage, Abby knows that her entire family is in danger but doesn’t know how to convince anyone.
Obsession is a spine chilling young adult novel that kept me on the edge of my seat. The book is engaging and pulled me in from the very beginning. The author uses vivid imagery to compliment the story and I felt like I was Abby’s sidekick. I was able to easily visualize the setting, the characters, the events as they unfolded. The world building and character development were well done.
Abby’s character is a typical teen – dramatic, moody, bored. Her character wasn’t like that throughout the whole book though, and Abby was written quite well. I’m sure my teenage self would have gotten along with her since I got along with almost everyone – still do, in fact. She’s not a perfect character either, making the story a bit more realistic. Abby doesn’t make the best decisions during certain parts of the book but that makes her human.
I wish the author would have explored the murals by Abby’s mother a bit more. The readers learn the reasons behind the murals but they aren’t really tied back into the story. Also, what type of town notices that an entire family moves but doesn’t question the fact that they left the entire contents of the house – furniture, clothing, décor, etc?
I enjoy the author’s writing style; it is very conversational. The dialogue was believable and interesting. The book is a suspenseful, fast paced, well-written young adult paranormal novel.
I voluntarily reviewed a copy of this book provided to me by the author. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
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