Eurydice, known as Edie, works for the Elysian Society, a company that allows grieving people to connect with their dead family members and friends. Known as “a body”, Edie wears something to connect her to the deceased, swallows a lotus (a pill to summon their spirits) and becomes a vessel for the dead. She cannot remember what happens when she is possessed. Edie is successful because she is able to stay detached, but things cross a dangerous line when she finds herself falling in love with one of her clients. A client whose wife died under mysterious circumstances. As Edie falls deeper and deeper, lines blur as her obsession deepens. Who can she trust? Who is the danger? And what can Edie do to save herself when her body is no longer her own….
The Possessions, the literary debut by Sara Flannery Murphy, felt like a mix between a paranormal thriller, a domestic thriller, fantasy, and a science fiction novel. Something about it was very “other worldly”. Something about it was very dark. I may not know how to categorize this book, but one thing is for sure, I was unable to put this novel down.
I loved the beginning of this novel; I was completely engrossed in this completely original plot. The novel opens with Edie preparing for her client. She painstakingly applies lipstick. A colour she would never wear; a colour that Patrick Braddock’s wife, Sylvia, wore often. When she was alive. After meeting Patrick, she becomes obsessed with Sylvia and Patrick’s relationship. Is she falling in love with Patrick? Is Sylvia trying to take over? Who is in control? As these lines blur, another mystery of a murdered woman has a connection to Edie.
I did find that the middle of this novel dragged a bit, but the momentum did pick up nearing the end and all of the novel’s mysteries come tumbling together, weaving an intricate story and calling on Greek mythology to create an electrifying conclusion.
If you are a fan of a novel that will quicken your heart rate with a paranormal twist, you will love The Possessions. I gave this one a 4/5 stars on Goodreads.