The Possessions – Sara Flannery Murphy

Book 81 of 100

I got this as one of my Book of the Month Club choices back in February, and I just now got around to reading it. I’m still not really sure how I feel about it.  The concept was very interesting; that’s what made me choose it, but I feel like it wasn’t executed all that well.  I had a hard time staying engaged. I kept picking it up and putting it down, and it was a struggle to finish it.  I’m also still fuzzy on some of the details, and I don’t think I completely understood what happened in the end.  I did manage to finish it, but only because I forced myself to (there’s nothing that I hate more than not finishing a book that I’ve started). I think this one just wasn’t for me.

Rating: 2 out of 5

Summary from Goodreads:


In this electrifying literary debut, a young woman who channels the dead for a living crosses a dangerous line when she falls in love with one of her clients, whose wife died under mysterious circumstances

In an unnamed city, Eurydice works for the Elysian Society, a private service that allows grieving clients to reconnect with lost loved ones. She and her fellow workers, known as “bodies“, wear the discarded belongings of the dead and swallow pills called lotuses to summon their spirits—numbing their own minds and losing themselves in the process. Edie has been a body at the Elysian Society for five years, an unusual record. Her success is the result of careful detachment: she seeks refuge in the lotuses’ anesthetic effects and distances herself from making personal connections with her clients.

But when Edie channels Sylvia, the dead wife of recent widower Patrick Braddock, she becomes obsessed with the glamorous couple. Despite the murky circumstances surrounding Sylvia’s drowning, Edie breaks her own rules and pursues Patrick, moving deeper into his life and summoning Sylvia outside the Elysian Society’s walls.

After years of hiding beneath the lotuses’ dulling effect, Edie discovers that the lines between her own desires and those of Sylvia have begun to blur, and takes increasing risks to keep Patrick within her grasp. Suddenly, she finds her quiet life unraveling as she grapples not only with Sylvia’s growing influence and the questions surrounding her death, but with her own long-buried secrets.

A tale of desire and obsession, deceit and dark secrets that defies easy categorization, The Possessions is a seductive, absorbing page-turner that builds to a shattering, unforgettable conclusion.

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