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    Creepy and full of tension!!

    “It isn’t food or drink…It isn’t science either. It’s something in the woods.” The Possession is a fast-paced horror thriller by Michael Rutger. The story focuses on Nolan who runs a YouTube channel called The Anomaly Files. Nolan and his crew, Ken, Molly and Pierre travel to a remote village to investigate a series of mysterious stone wall found in and around the surrounding woods. There they meet Nolan’s ex, Kristy, who as a journalist is there to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl Could the two be connected? The plot is paced perfectly throughout with a high level of nail-biting tension that keeps you on the edge of your seat and turning those pages at a furious pace. The characters are well-developed and believable that they seemed real and it was impossible not to feel genuine fear and trepidation. The dialogue was brilliantly written and realistic whilst at times laugh-out-loud funny! Best displayed in my favourite character Ken. I think I would like him!! “Thirty-five is not the first draft of being a human. There are editorial marks in your margins.” This is the second book in The Anomaly Files series and I have not read the first but most certainly will do very soon. However, this worked very well for me as a stand-alone book in its own right. The Possession is a very creepy and atmospheric read that will make you sleep with the lights on and I recommend it to anyone who likes to fell a chill running down your spine!! Thank you Zaffre and Readers First for the opportunity to read this book.
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    Simply but cleverly done

    I’m not hugely into the supernatural but this book started well and encouraged me to try something different. I haven’t read Michael Rutger’s first book where I believe we first meet the characters of Nolan and his film crew and his estranged wife Kristy but beyond occasional references to it I wouldn’t have even known about it so this can definitely be read as a stand-alone rather than sequel. The characters are all fairly easy to follow, not deep but they have enough quirks to have something about them although Alaina is somewhat more complex to understand. The storyline is original and whilst light on actual action it’s extremely well written with things always happening, there’s great descriptive text and it’s very easy to feel as though you’re in there with the characters. I found this an easy read overall, it’s dark yet engaging and the simplicity of the plot, whilst very well worked out, really works in its favour.
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    The Walls We Build

    Nolan Moore and his team of Ken, Molly and Pierre are very definitely back and still looking for general weirdness to feature in their You Tube series, The Anomaly Files. Although a sequel, of sorts, this is really a separate novel with a recurring cast of characters so not having read the first one isn't a bar to reading this one. The adventures of the first novel are alluded to but form no real part of this story so the only thing you have missed if you haven't read The Anomaly is some of the characterisation build up for the team - and, if you haven't read The Anomaly why not? get it NOW! This time the team rock up in New England to investigate a series of bizarre dry stone walls that are an accepted part of the landscape but seem to have had no real practical purpose. Scattered throughout the landscape they scale mountains and stop and start at random. Yes, there could be a reasonable explanation for them but that isn't what Nolan does, he looks for the most outlandish reason possible. Basing themselves in the small town of Birchlake matters are complicated by the presence of Nolan's separated wife, Kristy, and the disappearance of a 14 year old girl, Alaina Hixon. Throw in bizarre weather conditions, things that move in the mist, strange noises and what seem to be apparitions and things go to the odd side very quickly. The link of the story to the walls is tenuous initially but the author manages to retrieve it and make a solid connection both metaphorically and in the reality of his fiction (if that makes sense). In fact, there is a quite good pyschological cautionary tale about the mental walls we build muddled in with the scares, the demons and the witches. Somehow there is a lot happening but the action feels muted and the read is quite restrained rather than the breathless page turning I was expecting. There are issues with the story that then get explained away by "the walls made us do it" or as almost out of body experiences but I can let that slide as the author does, on the whole, dig himself out of continuity holes effectively with these devices. The plot does take quite a while to get going and for the first hundred or so pages I was dubious about this one but once it all settles down it is quite a decent romp. Narrated by Nolan characterisation of the other protagonists is weak but forgiveable as for all his open-mindedness about "weird stuff" he really doesn't seem to understand people. He is also quite the snark and there are some good dashes of sarcastic humour tossed in. I was eagerly looking forward to Michael Rutger's second book after loving The Anomaly. I did enjoy The Possession but it really isn't a patch on his first for suspense, action and just general all-out weirdness. Overall I was just a little tiny bit disappointed in the book when compared to his first novel, still 4 Stars isn't a bad review by anyone's reckoning. THIS IS AN HONEST REVIEW OF A FREE COPY OF THE BOOK RECEIVED FROM READERS FIRST.
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