February 10, 2021

Possession

Possession

by Katie Lowe

Published February 9, 2021
by St. Martin’s Press

Rating: 4 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 Stars ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Genre: Mystery/Thriller

Synopsis:

Hannah’s husband was brutally murdered ten years ago while she and her daughter were home with him. Apparently traumatized and suffering from sort of PTSD, Hannah has blocked most of the memories from that evening and has never been able to recover them. When the police presented a likely scenario implicating Mike, Hannah jumped on it and Mike was found guilty of murder.

Now, a decade later, Anna Byers has decided to take on Mike’s case to prove his innocence as part of her famous podcast ‘Conviction.’ In so freeing Mike, Anna has convinced the world, and even Hannah, that Hannah murdered her husband in cold blood and walked away free and clear.

As the podcast gains traction, Hannah’s life is turned upside down. Threats come at her constantly, her house is vandalized and broken into, and slowly but surely, Hannah’s grip on reality seems to loosen.

Chelsey’s Thoughts:

Told from Hannah’s perspective but at various time points over twenty years or so, we learn of Hannah’s past, her relationship with her first husband, her problems with maintaining a grip on reality, and several side stories that ultimately weave together a robust and complex storyline.

The novel includes many separate but related plot lines with Hannah’s history including family, friends, work, and relationships. At times, the side stories felt a bit too much for the overall plot but Lowe tied everything together really well and in some unexpected ways. I found some aspects of the story more predictable than others and there were a couple loose ends left that didn’t impact the outcome, but all in all found the story entertaining, twisty, and engaging.

Thank you to NetGalley and St. Martin’s Press for a copy of this novel.

Stephanie’s Thoughts:

Oh my goodness how I love the way this book ends! I’m starting there because it’s the kind of ending that makes you look back and really think. I’m not giving anything away by saying that because I had a zillion theories and thought I had it figured out from the beginning but I was deliciously wrong and I couldn’t love it more! I love the first person perspective. I love being in Hannah’s head. The truth unravels like a sweater string being pulled and it’s fascinating! I can’t wait to read more from Katie Lowe! 5 massive stars from me!!!

Huge thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for allowing me the privilege of reading Possession in advance!
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