Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Book "Possession" by Rene Gutteridge

About the Book: In the aftermath of investigating the D.C. sniper case, police detective Vance Graegan is burned out on life and love. Hoping to save his marriage, he quits the force and moves his wife and son to the other side of the country. But when the movers decide to hold his belongings for ransom, Vance is determined to ensure that his family’s new beginning is not ruined. Soon, though, losing his possessions becomes the least of his problems as everything they are fighting for begins to unravel in the hands of Vance’s past. In an unforgettable climax, a little boy’s innocent faith brings a group of desperate people to their knees. What is at stake counts for everything, but nothing can prepare Vance for who is behind it.

About the Author: Rene Gutteridge is the author of seventeen novels, including Listen,  the Storm series (Tyndale House Publishers) and Never the Bride, the Boo series, and the Occupational Hazards series from WaterBrook Press. She also released My Life as a Doormat and The Ultimate Gift: The Novelization with Thomas Nelson. Rene is also known for her Christian comedy sketches. She studied screenwriting while earning a mass communications degree, graduating magna cum laude from Oklahoma City University and earning the Excellence in Mass Communication Award. She served as the full-time director of drama for First United Methodist Church for five years before leaving to stay home and write. She enjoys instructing at writers conferences and in college classrooms. She lives with her husband, Sean, a musician, and their children in Oklahoma City. Visit her Web site at

My Review: This is a magnificent book! The author is a superb storyteller and she captivated my attention from the very first page of this wonderful fiction/suspense book. Her description of the characters and places is so realistic that it seems that you are living the story. During many page turners I was holding my breath, such was the intensity level of the story. Every character from this book would be a perfect subject for psychoanalysis, as they are so complex and interesting! The way the plot develops keeps you in the edge of your chair till the last page.
A detective (Vance Graegan) that worked in the investigation of the D.C. sniper case sees his life going upside down in part because of lies that were accumulating during the years in his relationship with his wife (Lindy Graegan). His partner (Erin) in the DC police in his earlier career saved his life, and his relationship with her were never completely resolved. He decided to leave the streets and become a detective, and later, to move to California to open a deli, an old dream of Lindy, in part to save his marriage and give them a fresh start. His son (Conner) is in my opinion the central character of this fiction, as it is through his purity and innocent faith that the parents learn to rely on God for fighting for them the battle they cannot win by themselves.
This is a remarkable way of showing the power behind a true and pure faith that move mountains.
This book was written by Rene Gutteridge in 2010. It was published by Tyndale Publisher House also in 2010 and they were kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing through their blogger book review program.
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