By Kate Cann
Rayne can't wait to start her summer job at a remote country mansion, far from the crowded, noisy London she so desperately wants to escape. But the retreat soon turns into a nightmare — the mansion is creepy, the legends of ghosts keep Rayne up at night, and she doesn't feel safe anywhere.
Can Rayne figure out why she's so freaked — before she becomes a ghost story herself?
Sometimes a house has two histories. One that's less well known. One that people have an interest in keeping less well known.
When you read about a change of setting, you can clearly see the differences between them. In Possessed, Rayne moves to an isolated area and decides to live in a spooky, ancient-looking mansion called Morton’s Keep. It’s her only escape from what she feels is the place where she doesn’t belong -- the crowded, messy city of London.
The beginning and the middle of the book took time to get used to. It felt a little boring, I must admit. It is in the end when the suspense rises and you cannot help but want to think about the mystery and turn the pages at the same time. That was my favourite thing about Possessed. The mystery revolved around Morton’s Keep and the past events that had happened long ago. It kept me guessing about what’s wrong with the town and why the rituals the citizens hold are a big deal. Rayne is there in the middle of it all and she has no choice but to figure it out in order to keep herself safe.
The writing fits the atmosphere of the book. It was strong enough at times to make me feel a little spooked. The characters were alright. The minor ones who were left in London I didn’t get to find much about in the end and Rayne is a character who is hard to relate to. I couldn’t figure out her stand most of the time. But all in all, Possessed is an enjoyable, suspenseful read. There’s word that there will be a sequel and that, I will have to read.