Review: POSSESS by Gretchen McNeil

POSSESS
Gretchen McNeil
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Balzer + Bray (August 23, 2011)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062060716
Source: Publisher

Fifteen-year-old Bridget Liu just wants to be left alone: by her mom, by the cute son of a local police sergeant, and by the eerie voices she can suddenly and inexplicably hear. Unfortunately for Bridget, it turns out the voices are demons – and Bridget has the rare ability to banish them back to whatever hell they came from.

Terrified to tell people about her new power, Bridget confides in a local priest who enlists her help in increasingly dangerous cases of demonic possession. But just as she is starting to come to terms with her new power, Bridget receives a startling message from one of the demons. Now Bridget must unlock the secret to the demons' plan before someone close to her winds up dead – or worse, the human vessel of a demon king.

My Opinion:

Possess is a cleverly crafted novel showcasing a young teenage girl that has the unique ability to banish demons back to hell. A read that is makes you question the movement in the shadows, the voices that surround you and the power of pure evil.

Protagonist Bridget Lui, a Catholic school teen who is part Chinese, part Irish and can list her talents as an accomplished piano player and teen exorcist the later talent manifesting shortly after her father's murder.  Early on we witness Bridget navigate through an exorcism and although it isn't her first encounter with demonic forces it proves how green she really is. Yet, Bridget has a strength within her that is tested and proven as she battles the everyday hell that is called high school and an ambitious demon that wants to declare Armageddon on Heaven.

Debut author Gretchen McNeil, has penned a suspenseful and refreshing paranormal novel in a market that is filled with repetitious paranormal stories. A frightening read that gave me the chills and made me want to say a few hail mary's and keep the lights on.


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