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Possession: A Novel Kindle Edition
Possession is a chilling psychological thriller written with Katie Lowe’s signature “subtle, persistent, and unmistakable creepiness” (Kirkus, on The Furies).
The past haunts her. The present hunts her.
Conviction @ConvictionPod · 1m
The investigating officer: “I’ve seen a lot of homicides in the years since, but...that’s the one that keeps me up at night.”
The husband’s best man: “They had everybody fooled. Or at least, she did. But I always knew something was off.”
Hannah, the wife: “I told you. I don’t remember anything. I don’t know.”
That’s all to come, this season, on Conviction. Get ready for our most twisted season yet.
Ten years ago, Hannah’s husband was brutally murdered in their home, and she (conveniently) doesn’t remember a thing about that night. But the police charged someone else—a stranger—and put him away for life. And Hannah packed up her six-year-old daughter and left London behind.
But now her hard-won countryside peace is threatened. Conviction, a viral true crime podcast known for getting cases reopened and old verdicts overturned, has turned its attention to Hannah’s husband’s murder for its new season. They say police framed the man who was found guilty, and that Hannah has more suspicious secrets than just her memory loss: a history of volatility; citations at the clinic where she worked as a psychiatrist; dependencies on alcohol and pills; and a familicidal grandmother, locked away in a Gothic insane asylum until her death. As Hannah loses the trust of everyone she loves, the only person she feels she can confide in is a former colleague, Darcy, who’s come back into her life—but who may have motives of her own. But Hannah can’t tell even Darcy her deepest secret: that she’s still tormented by the memory of her husband and the crater he carved through her life.
“With an unreliable narrator, a woman on the verge of a mental breakdown and a good old-fashioned murder, Possession fits snugly among the ranks of Gillian Flynn, Paula Hawkins and Attica Locke.” ―PureWow
“Katie Lowe blends psychological suspense with an unreliable narrator, adding hints of delusion, a pinch of gothic sensibility and various layers of mystery in her sophomore thriller…. Lowe impressively weaves a web of past and present intrigue. Even more notable is her talent in tying everything together…in a blockbuster of a finish.” ―Shelf Awareness
“[A] twisty, atmospheric psychological thriller…. Readers will keep flipping the pages right up to the gasp-worthy final bombshell. This author continues to impress.” ―Publishers Weekly
“[A] thrilling read that will keep you guessing all night long.” ―Nerdist
“a novel that you won’t be able to get out of your head…. It will leave you spellbound.” ―Book Reporter
Praise for Katie Lowe's The Furies:
“[With] a subtle, persistent, and unmistakable creepiness…. Murder and witchcraft mix with a heady cocktail of drugs, booze, and revenge in this elegant, pitch-perfect coming-of-age story.” ―Kirkus
“Lowe’s dark, suspenseful debut combines the teenage sisterhood of The Craft and Emma Cline’s The Girls with the violent schoolyard vengeance of Heathers. Fans of Greer Macallister, Paula Hawkins, and Janelle Brown will devour Violet’s journey.” ―Booklist
“This sinister book follows what happens to a group of 16-year-old girls after they explore the history of witch trials at their school, Elm Hollow Academy, with their mysterious art teacher, Annabel. Soon, they become convinced that the magic is real, and it could be theirs.” ―Refinery29
About the Author
- ASIN : B08BYDTT9H
- Publisher : St. Martin's Press (February 9, 2021)
- Publication date : February 9, 2021
- Language : English
- File size : 3986 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 399 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #597,471 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Talk about a compelling plot! The premise of this book immediately intrigued me. Hannah’s life begins to unravel when she’s judged in the court of public opinion, one sensationalized podcast episode at a time. This is a slow-burn suspense read with several elements that play exceptionally well, including Hannah’s spotty memory. Did she or didn’t she? Even she doesn’t know if she’s a killer. That keeps the reader wondering, too—right up until the end.
Another thread involves the ruins of a Gothic insane asylum where Hannah’s grandmother was incarcerated for killing her husband and daughter. Hannah is drawn there when she learns someone is interested in renovating the property. The scenes in the shell of the old building are some of my favorite, played heavily for atmosphere.
There are numerous snaking plot lines that weave together at the end. Kudos to the author for juggling so many intricate puzzle pieces. I thought the ending was brilliant.
What I didn’t like, and found implausible, is that Hannah—a professional psychiatrist—would be such a doormat for her husband and her ex-boss. Her behavior, especially in the past, didn’t ring true. Though most of the book takes place in the present, there are numerous scenes where the reader is treated to Hannah’s married life with Graham. The more I was exposed to her past, the more annoyed I became. In the present, some of the actions of the police left me scratching my head. I had some other issues as well, but it’s hard to say more without giving away spoilers.
The overall tone of the book is dark. I honestly found it depressing. This is one novel that will come down to a matter of personal taste. If you like dark, twisty reads, this is well-written and well-plotted though it does moves slowly. For me, it didn’t quite work.
About ten years later, after she had moved on with her life, a well known crime podcaster decided the convicted man was innocent and Hannah was guilty. The podcast was very popular and the journalist who presented it was known for swaying public opinion and, had cast doubt upon several convictions in the past. When the podcast came out, it made Hannah look very guilty. Even her daughter and very sweet boyfriend began to doubt her. It began to wear down on her and made her act irrationally, causing even more people to doubt. Hannah's life spun out of control, everyday things seemed to get worse and worse but the worst was yet to come.
<b>WHAT I LOVED</b>
This is Brit-lit, which is my favorite. It took place in a country cottage. How charmingly quaint! There was also a possibly haunted, very sinister former mental institution involved. I love the possibility of a haunting in my thrillers.
The twists were good and some were pretty unexpected.
<b>WHAT I DIDN'T LOVE</b>
I really don't like books where the main character is being accused of doing something they most likely didn't do, and no one believes them. All evidence keeps piling up against them (a lot of it flimsy), people who supposedly love them turn against them and they begin to loom crazy. I just don't enjoy reading books like that.
I thought most of the evidence they had against Hannah was pretty thin. And the the people speaking out against her didn't have anything to say that should have swayed the opinion of the courts.
Also, when faced with an opportunity to explain herself, Hannah did a horrible job. She only made things worse she she tried to explain herself, which was annoying because she was supposed to be a very educated professional adult so she should have been able to express herself with no problem.
There were several hole plots.
It was not a bad book, but just not for me.
Somehow, couldn't get into.the characters, so skipped all the current years.to.get to the end. Only to be shocked by.Sophie supposedly getting.away? Sorry