Author: Nancy Holder
Pub. Date: September 3, 2009
The It Girl meets The Exorcist in this chilling, haunted boarding school tale.
New-girl Lindsay discovers all is not right at the prestigious Marlwood Academy for Girls. Ethereal, popular Mandy and her clique are plotting something dangerous. Lindsay overhears those performing strange rituals, and sees their eyes turn black. It does not help that the school itself is totally eerie, with ancient, dilapidated buildings tucked into the Northern California woods, a thick white fog swirling through campus. There are hidden passageways, odd reflections in the windows at night, and scariest of all is the vast lake rumored to have captured the ghost of a girl who drowned many years ago.
What Lindsay does not yet realize is that Mandy and her cohorts are becoming possessed by spirits who have haunted the school for two hundred years. Spirits who want someone dead...
And, that someone is Lindsay.
Wow! Where do I begin? Not only is this instant "cover-love" for me, it is also described as "The It Girl meets The Exorcist". That alone had me wanting to grab this book immediately.POSSESSIONS is about a girl, Lindsay, sent to a boarding school following a nervous breakdown. Lindsay thinks she can start a new life here, only to discover eerie happenings, ghostly pranks, and rumors that the school is a centuries-old, former insane asylum for wayward girls - and an operating theater with evidence lobotomies were performed.Now Lindsay is left to wonder if the events of the academy are real - girls are being possessed by the spirits of these long-dead wayward girls, or if she is losing her mind...again. I will admit, I DO NOT scare easily, but this book thoroughly creeped me out. I found myself turning on the hallway light if I had to get out of bed at night because I was just so on edge. This book is amazing. It is truly hard to find a SCARY book (especially one that is not cheesy), but this one really is frightening.Plus, the addition of Lindsay's history of a nervous breakdown made all of the events intensified in their significance. As a reader, you wonder if she is truly experiencing delusions or if the eerie, ghostly occurrences really are haunting the academy. You are taken for a wild ride as Lindsay sets out to prove the reality of these horrors and set things straight.Nancy Holder wraps up the story nicely, but leaves just enough open to make you need the sequel right after you turn the last page of POSSESSIONS. This is the first book in a trilogy – POSSESSIONS is followed by THE EVIL WITHIN and THE SCREAMING SEASON. Go, get it now! It's perfect for this time of year!
Guest Review by: Victoria Lucas