Possession by Rene Gutteridge

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Word Lily review

Possession by Rene Gutteridge (Tyndale, December 6, 2010), 400 pages

Summary
Still haunted by a sniper case, DC homicide detective Vance Graegan quits his job to move cross-country with his family, hoping that he’ll finally be able to leave that case behind and that his marriage will be renewed as his wife follows her dream to open a deli. And what’s the deal with his relationship with his former partner?

Thoughts
I’m a huge fan of Gutteridge’s comedy writing, but Possession, in particular, really shines as a thriller. This is one of her best books yet. The story and the characters both really drew me in, and even as some of the details became clear, others remained in question.

Call me silly, but I loved the sandwich details thrown in.

I didn’t really understand where all of the characters were coming from, but I did appreciate how the story’s players really interacted with their personal faith, how aspects grew and changed as they questioned and sought over the course of the narrative.

The book includes an author interview and discussion questions. Download an excerpt, which includes Chapter 1 and the interview and discussion questions. I was interested to read that the author became interested in post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after the Oklahoma City bombing, since I lived in Oklahoma during the 1995 attack.

★★★★☆ I could easily go 4.5 stars on this one.

About the author
Rene Gutteridge is the author of 17 novels. She and her family live in Oklahoma.

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11 responses to “Possession by Rene Gutteridge

  1. The fact that there’s a character named Vance in the book sold me!

  2. I, too, lived near OKC (in Bethany) during the time of the OKC bombing, so I find it interesting that was what prompted Rene’s study of PTSD. A family member also suffers from PTSD.
    Thanks for featuring Rene and her books this week.

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  9. I love Rene Gutteridge too. My book club is reading Possession in September. Not sure I can wait that long. We read Listen last year and it produced a lot of discussion. You don’t have her Storm series listed. The three books were also a favorite with my book club.

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