Author: Kate Cann
Release Date: February 1, 2010
Genre: Teen/YA, Mystery
Source: Amazon Vine
Rating: 4 out of 5
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?
I didn’t know much about Possessed when I requested it from Amazon Vine. I’ve been more and more interested in ghost stories lately, and this one really seemed to fit the bill. I was pleasantly surprised at how entertaining Kate Cann made her novel, and definitely am glad I gave it a chance.
Rayne is a well-written character that’s easy to sympathize with. She has her share of teenage angst in this novel, but it’s never annoying or over the top. Additionally, it’s easy to see why she feels so alone – her relationship with her mother doesn’t seem to be the best, and it seems like she’s with Damian because she thinks she should be interested in him, not because she actually is. I could completely understand why she wanted to get away, and why she chose a place as secluded as she did.
Kate Cann wrote a very creepy novel. It’s never horribly scary, but it definitely will keep you up into the night, trying to figure out what’s going on. I had some semblance of the truth figured out by the end of the novel, but it was still very satisfying.
I enjoyed Possessed and definitely recommend it if you are looking for a quick, spooky ghost story. I look forward to seeing what Cann does next!