Genre: Science Fiction
A new book by a first time author is a risky venture for a booklover. There’s the niggling questions- Will it be good? Am I wasting my time? God, will it be like 50 Shades!? (Though that may just have been my experience with that infamous erotica) That being said, the flip side to a new author is that you, the reader, may have just discovered the next Margaret Atwood or Wilbur Smith.
Only having skimmed the brief of this book, naturally these questions hit me when I picked up The Possessions. Reading the first chapter I was intrigued by where Flannery Murphy was going, so I read another chapter and another and another and before long I’m 100 pages in, it’s 1.30 in the morning and I have work the next day! You could definitely say I liked it.
I’m blabbering and avoiding telling you what this book is about, or at least what the genre is and that’s because I don’t really know… Put simply it’s of crime, science fiction, romance, dystopian future, mystery. And it’s not an easy book to explain either. This book is about Edie, who works for a company, the Elysian Society, that uses “bodies” to channel dead spirits for their clients. Edie is a body. By swallowing a tiny, white pill called a lotus she can channel the dead loved ones of her client, all the while numbing her own consciousness in her body. In a society where dangerous “backyard channelling” occurs the Elysian Society provides a safe environment for their bodies and their clients. It abides by certain rules- the client must have known the dead person while they were alive and the body needs to wear something owned by them.
Edie lives a basic life, a life that allows her to forget the troubles of her past and a job that lets her forget herself. She’s a rule follower. A model body. Then one day she has a new client, Patrick- a hotshot, good-looking lawyer who’s equally glamerous wife, Slyvia died a few years ago. As Edie learns more about their life she starts to feel things for Patrick, something she hasn’t felt in a long time. The plot thickens with the suspicious circumstances in which Slyvia died and the undercurrent of a missing girl, Hopeful Doe.
For a new writer this is a fantastic book! The storyline and world Flannery Murphy creates is unusual and intriguing. My only complaint is that the book could have ended 100 pages sooner and no one would be the wiser- but otherwise a good read for someone who wants something different.