Review: The Possession (The Anomaly Files #2) Michael Rutger - .Red Wine & Books

Sunday, July 28, 2019

Review: The Possession (The Anomaly Files #2) Michael Rutger


Print Length: 400 pages
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (July 2, 2019)

From Goodreads.com: Still recovering from the shocking revelations they uncovered deep in uncharted territory in the Grand Canyon, American myth and legend investigator Nolan Moore and his team take on a new mission, investigating a rumored case of witchcraft and possession. 

Nolan hopes their new case, in a quaint village in the middle of the woods, will prove much more like those he and his team investigated prior to their trip to Kincaid's cavern.

But as the residents accounts of strange phenomena add up, Nolan and company begin to suspect something all too real and dangerous may be at play. A force that may not be willing to let them escape the village unscathed.

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My Rating: 2 stars out of 5

Let me begin by saying that even though I have not read the first book in this series, I don't feel like I missed out on anything. The characters make mention of the events from the first one once or twice, but its more of an "in passing" kind of thing that really doesn't add to (or take away from) this story. 


That being said. I just could not get into this story at all. I found the characters to be annoying at best, mediocre at worst. I ended up putting this book down several times, allowing days to pass before I would try picking it up again thinking 'this time it will be better'. For me? It wasn't. 

The first half of the book is frankly boring. Our team traipses through the woods finding these odd, unexplained "stone walls". There is a lot of drudgery during this, and then Nolan gets the desire to visit his ex-wife where she is supposedly investigating a girl's disappearance. But hey... there are more of these stone walls here too. And a lot of people who act weird and appear/disappear at will. 

It is during the second of this book that the really "freaky" stuff starts to happen. But even that wasn't scary as much as it was confusing and unfortunately still seemed to drag on. It got to the point where I was eager to get to the next page just so I could be done with this story. 

However, even with the fact that this story didn't work for me, I am sure there will be others to whom this story becomes a favorite. I would give this author another chance.

DISCLAIMER: I received a complimentary copy of this novel in exchange for my honest review. This has not affected my review in any way. All thoughts and opinions expressed in this review are 100% my own.

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                                The Possession is available from Amazon.com


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