Who do you trust when you can no longer trust your own mind?
Emma’s life has always been a struggle, and now she’s been accepted at a prestigious music school, she is determined to excel. But when the impossibly chic twins, confident Sophie and quieter Matilde, come crashing into her life – surrounding her with champagne and parties – they demand Emma’s full attention.
Then shy Matilde commits suicide and shockingly, her identical twin Sophie flourishes. Now odd things are happening to Emma: blackouts, waking up in strange places, bizarre dreams. Something, or someone, is consuming Emma’s mind. Terrified, Emma begins to doubt everything and everyone around her, especially the beautiful Sophie…
If you’re looking for a book that is exciting, fast-paced and easy to read, Possessed by Niki Valentine would be a good choice. Great literature it is not, and thankfully it does not pretend to be. The story strays into the paranormal, but due to the predictability of the narrative and the give-away title it’s not likely to take anyone too far out of their comfort zone.
The idea of beautiful but creepy twins is not a new one, but is employed effectively here. Emma will be an easy character to relate to for anyone who has ever felt a little out of place or out of their depth in a social setting. The story moves very quickly, with key plot points occurring quite early on in the narrative. Although Matilde’s suicide came as no surprise, being clearly stated in the press release and the blurb, I was shocked that it happened so soon. Unfortunately this means that a lot of the novel is repetitive and seems to go round in circles. At one point I found myself wondering just how many times I had to read about Emma being confused by a mirror, or waking up and not remembering when she fell asleep?
Whether you’re a kook with a crystal ball or a complete sceptic, the concept of possession in the novel is interesting, albeit slightly underdeveloped. As Emma begins to lose touch with reality and with her own mind, it soon becomes apparent that this is because her mind is being used by someone – or something – else.
Overall, I think Possessed could have benefited from being a bit shorter and less repetitive, but I would recommend it to anybody who wants a quick, easy read that’s not too taxing and has just a touch of otherworldly excitement.
Thanks to Madeleine at Little Brown for sending me this book to review.