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 listen that builds to a shattering, unforgettable conclusion.
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What on Earth....
- Bette "I listen to novels for distraction and entertainment and rate them on the experience, not literary merit. I prefer to read good literature."
Had good potential -Great idea, flat story.
Partly. I loved the concept of the story, so that's why I decided to try it. The idea of a grief service combined with futuristic prostitution is, to say the least, the potential for a juicy story! But as good as this idea was, the characters were flat. Edie's character was so bland and under-developed and I was not able to figure out why she did really stupid things and why she cared so much about Patrick - who to me, was a cad. He wanted to hop in the sack everywhere his dead wife had been - even when Edie wasn't channeling. This was really off-putting and made me wonder about his sanity and/or integrity. His whole character was so mechanical like he was nothing more than a robot. I kept listening but finally had to give up over halfway - just couldn't get into it. Edie's drama queen style (poor me attitude) I couldn't take. None of the characters were even likeable.
Unlike another review, I was not put off by the narration. I think she did well. It was just the story was too drawn out and boring for me, and parts didn't make any sense. But as I said before, the idea of channeling dead loved ones for money was a fascinating idea - I just wish the rest of the story had delivered.