Saturday 28 February 2015

Possess by Sarah Dalton Review!

23795320Title : Possess
Author : Sarah Dalton
Pages : 174
Published : 30th November 2014
Publisher : Sarah Dalton
Source : From Tour Company
Purchase : Amazon/ Book Depository/ iTunes

Mary Hades is drawn back into the world of the macabre as she moves with her family into the mysterious old house, Ravenswood. The mere mention of Ravenswood induces terror among the locals, and when strange things begin to occur, Mary and Lacey decide to get to the bottom of the secret hidden in the historic house once and for all. 
As a dark power gathers, Mary finds her life becomes interconnected with the disturbing events that transpired in 1847 to eleven year old Liza Blair. The more Mary is drawn into Liza’s story, the more she realises someone close to her is in grave danger from the sinister energy at Ravenswood. 
Set in the backdrop of an unsettling forest, and with strange neighbour Emmaline Delacroix obsessed with death and séances, Possess will take you even deeper into the murky depths of Mary Hades’s unusual life. 
With strong language and scenes of horror this book is best suited to readers aged fifteen and over. 
Book two in the Mary Hades series. 
My Thoughts : 

This was one seriously creepy and scary book!! I really enjoyed the first book but loved this one!! This is like a mash up of all the old horror stories, The Omen, Amityville and Poltergeist all rolled into one.

Mary is as awesome as always. She changed since the end of book 1 and is now actively seeking out harmful spirits, with her BFF Lacey, and sending them onto wherever it is that they go. While she may not love her gift, she knows that if she has a way to help then she must. When Marys' mother tells her that they were offered a different, and bigger, house in exchange for theirs, she is suitably sad to leave. When she gets to Ravenswood though, she feels a strange pull but also also feels an odd vibe from it. The first thing Mary and Lacey do is to see can they feel the presence of any spirits but they sense nothing. What is the odd feeling Mary gets though? Lacey is sure that the place isnt haunted so why does Mary feel so odd?

Ravenswood was the perfect setting. Its an isolated house, surrounded by woods and every local seems afraid of the place. Its steeped in history but yet has been abandoned for so long before the current owner buys it. When Mary moves in, her mother starts acting strangely and Mary puts it down to freedom from the old place, until she finds an old diary and a music box. The diary belonged to a young girl who lived in Ravenswood. She documents her life and that of her sister who seems to be descending into madness. Mary realises the similarities of what is happening and knows that she needs to get to the bottom of the puzzle before it's too late. 

This is so much darker and scarier than Mary Hades and I loved that fact!! It gets the heart pounding and pulse racing and makes for some scary reading. If this was a movie I know I would be watching it through my fingers. Lol. 

Sarah Dalton really knows how to grab the reader and pull you in. I loved how the book was told from 2 POVs. We have Marys POV and we have the diaries POV. Right from the start, the diary is the creepiest thing and you just know that something bad is going to happen. For me that was the creepiest part. 

Anyway, this was such a great read and one I devoured. Its a fast paced, pulse racing, heart pounding chilling read. Mary Hades has really grown up!! We learn some surprising things about someone Mary loves, which I didn't see coming! All in all a truly creepy and intense read. 


  1. Well this sounds terrifying lol I am so curious though, I do love a good paranormal novel! If there's one thing they're good at, it's taking your mind off things!

    - Wattle @ Whimsical Nature

    1. I totally agree!! I love a good scary story and this one was just that.