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The Possessions: A Novel (alkuperäinen julkaisuvuosi 2017; vuoden 2017 painos)

– tekijä: Sara Flannery Murphy (Tekijä)

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"In an unnamed city, Edie 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 with the company for five years, an unusual record. Her success is the result of careful detachment: she seeks refuge in the lotuses' anesthetic effects and avoids personal contact with her clients. But when Edie channels Sylvia, the deceased wife of Patrick Braddock, she becomes obsessed with the glamorous couple..."--… (lisätietoja)
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Teoksen nimi:The Possessions: A Novel
Kirjailijat:Sara Flannery Murphy (Tekijä)
Info:Harper (2017), 368 pages
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Avainsanoja:to-read, ficção, mistério-suspense, fantasmas

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The Possessions: A Novel (tekijä: Sara Flannery Murphy) (2017)

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Näyttää 1-5 (yhteensä 17) (seuraava | näytä kaikki)
I wanted this book to be better than it was. I was totally ambivalent about Edie, and the crime/mystery aspect turned out to be less climactic than I anticipated. It holds a lot of promise, and I thought the premise was really interesting, but I just don't feel like it pushed hard enough. ( )
  bookishtexpat | May 21, 2020 |
With a pace as slow as molasses, and somewhat bland characters, this novel was difficult to get into. The narrator Erin Moon tried to make the audiobook sound more interesting, especially when one of the characters who was a "body" sounded way too much like Paris from the Gilmore Girls, but it didn't help very much. I was anywhere from slightly to rather bored for a good two-thirds of this novel, until some slightly more interesting things started happening in it.
The author of this novel had a wonderful idea for it, but I don't think he was able to use this idea to the fullest. I had difficulty connecting to any of the characters at all, not even when the Big Reveal came along near the end of the novel. By then I was just glad this audiobook was almost over.
The storyline as to whether Sylvia was murdered, or had killed herself had gotten more play at about 2/3 of the way into the novel, but it was more lurid than fascinating. I was more spellbound by a desire for everyone involved to get out of one stupid situation after another, than because the novel's storyline was holding me there. In fact, the more I think about it, the more I think the characters in the novel were too immature to be depicted as adults. At least I wouldn't want to know any adults like this, ever.
So this book is not really recommended, unless you think you will like it better than I did. I'm giving it a solid three stars, because i still think that using yourself as a vehicle for a dead loved one's ghost to come back and visit you SHOULD have been the basis of an amazing novel.

Better luck next time, Murphy....? ( )
  stephanie_M | Apr 30, 2020 |
Pretty strong until the last fifty pages or so. ( )
  LianaH | Apr 4, 2020 |
With a hint of the supernatural and an intriguing mystery, The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy is a fascinating novel where the grieving have the opportunity to channel their loved ones during visits to the Elysian Society. The bereaved are able to interact with their wives, husbands, children, friends, etc during their sessions with workers known as "bodies" who ingest a mysterious pill called a "lotus" to aid the process. The body is completely unaware of what transpires between the client and their loved one and despite the personal nature of their interactions, the body remains emotionally detached from the people using the Society's services.

Eurydice "Edie" has been a body for much longer than most of the Elysian Society employees and like her co-workers, her life is shrouded in mystery. Many of the bodies supply a false name and few discuss anything personal about themselves. Edie has no trouble keeping an emotional distance from her clients but when she begins channeling Patrick Braddock's wife, Sylvia, she is drawn to both him and his deceased wife. Discovering some of fellow employees work with some of their clients outside of the Society, Edie offers to channel Sylvia at Patrick's home. Edie then begins taking risky chances in an effort to get as much information as she can to satisfy her curiosity about Patrick's marriage and the circumstances of Sylvia's death.

Edie is initially an emotionless and passionless narrator with very little in her life outside of her work. She has no outside interests nor she does she have any friends. She barely recognizes her co-workers and her interactions with them both on the job and in her time off are quite limited. Edie does not reflect on the circumstances that brought her to the Society so she appears to be nothing but a blank slate as she somewhat dispassionately channels the dead. However, seemingly incongruous details about Sylvia spark her curiosity and she is unexpectedly attracted to Patrick. As she becomes more deeply entrenched in Patrick's life, the easier it is for Edie to channel Sylvia.

While Edie is crossing into dangerous territory with Patrick, she becomes unwittingly involved in a murder investigation. A young woman, dubbed by the press as "Hopeful Doe", has recently been found murdered and someone connected to the case tries to use the Elysian Society to uncover her identity. Edie refuses to break the Society's rules to help this person, but not everyone she works with understands the ramifications of channeling the spirit of a murder victim. Could this woman and her death have anything to do with the Elysian Society? The police certainly think so but Edie is not as convinced they are on the right track. Will an unexpected discovery change her mind? Will she do anything with information she unearths?

The Possessions by Sara Flannery Murphy has an imaginative storyline that is quite compelling. There are quite a few twists and turns as Edie's obsession with Sylvia leads to a surprising relationship with Patrick. Poised to enter a new phase in her life, Edie is blindsided when someone uncovers the truth about her past. The revelations about Edie's past are a bit underwhelming but overall, the novel is a refreshingly unique and captivating read. A very impressive debut that I immensely enjoyed and highly recommend.
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  kbranfield | Feb 3, 2020 |
The first thing I have to say about this novel is that I really loved the core concept of it, the idea of people working as "bodies" to channel the dead for money. It reminded me a bit of the TV show Dollhouse, with the one disappointment being that we don't get the enjoyment of watching our main character turn into all these different characters and live out all these different experiences; she has no memory of what happens to her while channeling.

Another thing that I would like to praise about this book is the writing style. It was very well written, in my opinion, with only one noticeably clunky sentence in the whole book.

My biggest complaint about the story is simply the blandness of the reveals. All of the characters' backstories are hinted at, not revealed completely until we near the end. I usually love when books hold surprises in store, but the problem with this book for me was that the truths I was given at the end of the story were less exciting than the possibilities I had imagined. We spend most of the book suspecting that Patrick murdered Sylvia, but in the end, it turns out she killed herself. The possibility that Henry murdered her instead is briefly mentioned, a passing idea, but it's not investigated and unlikely to be true. Similarly, the entire book hints briefly at some dark events in Edie's past. From these hints, I pieced together a hypothesis that, in some act of violence, she had murdered her child and maybe also done something to her lover. In reality, she simply attempted to kill herself while pregnant and her fetus died soon after from a problem she may not even have caused. Though I understand that someone who underwent such actions would suffer from a lot of guilt, there was nothing particularly vile about this to me. Edie's past was sad, but not despicable. The only backstory that really surprised me was Hopeful Doe's, and even so, the Hopeful Doe subplot wasn't really given enough weight for this to feel significant.

Another thing that bothered me a little about the story was the significance that the female characters seemed to place on having children. I understand that this is a very important thing to some people, male and female, but in a way, it almost defined them. Pregnancy was at the root of Edie's secret discomfort with her own identity. The inability to get pregnant also seemed to ruin Sylvia's life. She killed herself over it and her husband leaving her; there was no evidence that anything else held much meaning in her life. In fact, if you gave this book a critical, feminist reading, you could probably make a case that Edie's job at the Elysian Society might be a metaphor intended to depict career-focused women as throwing their life away, becoming zombies that are out-of-touch with "the more important things in life" (read: love, children). While I don't think that's how Murphy intended her book be read, I'd still have liked to see more fleshed-out women.

One last thing that bothered me a little was the character of Ana. She seemed oddly hostile toward Edie throughout the whole book, and I couldn't quite place a logical motive for the attitude. Maybe that's just how she acts all the time, but it wore on me quickly and made me dislike her character. ( )
  NovelInsights | Sep 21, 2019 |
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"In an unnamed city, Edie 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 with the company for five years, an unusual record. Her success is the result of careful detachment: she seeks refuge in the lotuses' anesthetic effects and avoids personal contact with her clients. But when Edie channels Sylvia, the deceased wife of Patrick Braddock, she becomes obsessed with the glamorous couple..."--

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