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Possession by Rene Gutteridge

I’m celebrating author Rene Gutteridge all this week! Come back every day; join the conversation on Twitter with the hashtag #RGWeek.

Rene Gutteridge Week 2011, WordLily.com

Word Lily review

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

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?

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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Dear Rene Gutteridge

Rene Gutteridge Week 2011, WordLily.com

Dear Rene,

I’ve been a big fan of your books since I first picked up Boo on the recommendation of a trusted reading friend in 2008. (Has it really been less than 2.5 years? Seems longer, in a good way.) I’ve now read 11 of your at-present 17 titles, and I’m not planning to quit!

Somehow I feel more connected to you, as well, because you live in Oklahoma. Not that I love Oklahoma, particularly, but I have lived there (my parents still do). I feel particularly connected to you and all authors from the central United States, because that’s where my roots are. To some extent, we have a shared life experience, in this. I feel this kinship, this connection, but that doesn’t mean people from outside the central United States can’t connect to your books — not at all!

While I have to admit I first fell in love with your comedy novels — Scoop is my favorite — I love that you write in multiple genres. Actually, I think excelling in more than one style or type of book is a sign of a skilled writer. Possession, your latest, is certainly one of your best. Maybe the reason I love the lighter ones is simply because I read them first?

More than that, I love that you write in more than one genre because it’s evidence that you’re growing as a writer, which is something I always hope for.

These are just a few of the reasons why I’m a fan and why I decided to have a Rene Gutteridge Week. I’ve got reviews, a couple guest posts, giveaways, and even an interview with you, (Thanks!) so I think it’ll be good.

Looking forward to more,

Wait! Don’t go away yet! Thanks to Tyndale, I have three copies of Gutteridge’s latest, Possession [review later today], to give away this week. And one of those giveaways is now! Enter to win a copy of Possession by Rene Gutteridge by leaving a comment on this post. (One entry per person per giveaway; sorry, U.S. only.) I’ll accept entries through Friday, January 28, 2011.

Edited to add: This giveaway is now closed. See who won.

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Announcing: Rene Gutteridge Week

Rene Gutteridge Week 2011, WordLily.comI’m thrilled to announce that I’ll be holding Rene Gutteridge Week later this month, January 24-28.

This celebration of this beloved author and her books will feature loads of reviews, some guest posts, an interview with the author, giveaways and more.

If you’re a Rene Gutteridge fan and want to contribute to the fun, please let me know — there’s always room for more! But either way, stay tuned. This is my first themed week at Word Lily, and I think it will be a blast.

If you’re on Twitter, use the hashtag #RGWeek when you talk about Rene Gutteridge Week.