THE POSSESSION By Michael Rutger



A group of explorers arrive in the remote town of Birchlake, Northern California, to investigate the appearance of mysterious walls.


A teenage girl has disappeared without a trace.


Soon it becomes clear that the last two events may be connected in the most terrifying way. Because sometimes the walls we build up end up closing in on us……


Difficult to know where to start with this review. I wasn’t sure what I expected from this book after reading the synopsis. I hadn’t realised that this was the second book involving the intrepid explorers. The first book is called The Anomaly. But to be honest that really didn’t matter as this book as a stand-alone was very good. There were a couple of mentions of some sort of previous adventure but that was only near the beginning of the book and I didn’t feel I needed to have read that before reading this one as it’s a totally separate story.

Nolan, Ken, Pierre and Molly are You Tubers looking for conspiracy theories to look into. Nolan comes up with the idea of looking into The Berkeley Walls Mystery which is about walls that have been built many many years ago but no one knows why or who by they seem to be in random places so not like they are built to keep something in or out but are just there across parts or Northern California. Kristie is Nolan’s ex wife she has gone to small town Birchlake in Northern California to look into the disappearance of a young girl Alaina. Which just happens to be in the same area that Nolan has taken the team unbeknownst to them initially. The wall idea doesn’t seem to pan out into a story they want to do so the foursome end up in a motel in Birchlake. But there things start to get very weird and interesting. Strange things are happening to Kristie and the intrepid four. Explaining more would be a spoiler. So think witch craft, supernatural, horror because I’m really not sure which category I would put this under possibly all of them.

I love Steven King novels and as this was written on the front cover that sort of made me pick it. I’m not sure I would have normally been drawn to this. But I am so glad I picked it. I absolutely loved it. Initially the walls bit had me sat there wondering what I was reading but I kept going and then was engrossed with the things going bump in the night. I actually chuckled loudly at a couple of the antics and conversations then in the next minute I was holding my breath not knowing what was coming next.

This book had me hooked from start to finish and has led to me buying the first book in the series to read.

I could actually see this being made into some sort of horror movie. A great read.

Thank you to #netgalley #Zaffrepublishers #MichaelRutger for giving me an ARC of this book all opinions expresses here are my own and honest.


Michael Rutger is a screenwriter whose work has been optioned by major Hollywood studios. He lives in California with his wife and son.

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