Monday, January 10, 2011

Possession by Rene Gutteridge

In the aftermath of investigating the D.C. sniper case, police detective Vance Graegan is burned out on life and love. Hoping to save his marriage, he quits the force and moves his wife and son to the other side of the country. But when the movers decide to hold his belongings for ransom, Vance is determined to ensure that his family’s new beginning is not ruined. Soon, though, losing his possessions becomes the least of his problems as everything they are fighting for begins to unravel in the hands of Vance’s past. In an unforgettable climax, a little boy’s innocent faith brings a group of desperate people to their knees. What is at stake counts for everything, but nothing can prepare Vance for who is behind it.
My review:
I read a couple of Rene Gutteridge's books when she first came on the Christian fiction scene some years ago, and liked her books well enough, but hadn't read anything by her until I reviewed Listen by her last January. I was very impressed by that book, so I jumped at the chance to review her newest book, Possession.
Awesome book. Really. The book started out somewhat slowly with the main characters making a long distance move, and then it picks up speed and suspense. The plot was great - kept me guessing, and there were a couple of suprises throughout the book. I was hooked by the first few chapters.
In addition to a great suspenseful plot, the book also deals with betrayal, the danger of keeping secrets, and the faith of a young boy. I hadn't been in the mood to read lately, but I devoured this book, and yes - it gets my read-in-one-sitting status. This author has definitely found her footing in the Christian suspense market. I highly recommend this stand alone novel, and look forward to reading more from this author in the future.
About the author:
Rene Gutteridge is the author of seventeen novels, including Listen, the Storm series (Tyndale House Publishers) and Never the Bride, the Boo series, and the Occupational Hazards series from WaterBrook Press. She also released My Life as a Doormat and The Ultimate Gift: The Novelization with Thomas Nelson. Rene is also known for her Christian comedy sketches. She studied screenwriting while earning a mass communications degree, graduating magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University and earning the Excellence in Mass Communication Award. She served as the full-time director of drama for First United Methodist Church for five years before leaving to stay home and write. She enjoys instructing at writers conferences and in college classrooms. She lives with her husband, Sean, a musician, and their children in Oklahoma City. Visit her Web site at
Possession is available from Tyndale Publishers
Thanks to Tyndale for the review copy.