Friday, 18 November 2011

Review: After Obsession by Carrie Jones

After Obsession
Carrie Jones & Steven E. Wedel
Bloomsbury
Publication date: 13th September 2011
Guest review by Pauline

Aimee and Alan have secrets. Both teens have unusual pasts and abilities they prefer to keep hidden. But when they meet each other, in a cold Maine town, they can't stop their secrets from spilling out. Strange things have been happening lately, and they both feel that something-or someone- is haunting them. They're wrong. Despite their unusual history and powers, it's neither Aimee nor Alan who is truly haunted. It's Alan's cousin Courtney who, in a desperate plea to find her missing father, has invited a demon into her life-and into her body. Only together can Aimee and Alan exorcise the ghost. And they have to move quickly, before it devours not just Courtney but everything around her.

Aimee and Alan are teenagers whose paths cross in Maine when Alan and his mother move to the area to live with his Aunt and cousin, Courtney, whose father has mysteriously disappeared. Courtney, traumatised by the unexplained disappearance of her father, is best friends with Aimee, who has her own secrets and sorrows from the past. As the story progresses Alan and Aimee are drawn together by a haunted feeling of darkness, and they soon realise that a demon, taking advantage of her feelings of overwhelming loss, is haunting and consuming Courtney, leading Alan and Aimee to vow to free Courtney from the demon before it fully takes her over, and forcing each of them to face up to their own demons from their pasts.

The story itself is quite predictable, but I really liked the way in which the writer has alternate chapters telling the story from Aimee and Alan's different perspectives.  Initially I was frustrated by the "immature" tone of the conversation between the two main characters, as it often made parts quite difficult to read, but I gradually appreciated that it was representative of the teenage conversations that would take place, and probably would be easily read by a younger reader!  The descriptive language was really well done in parts and I often found myself quite spooked  but in others it was over-kill and I tended to skip over these parts to get back to the story.  Enjoyable read but to be honest quite bland.



Guest reviewer Pauline lives in Glasgow with her husband and two sons. As a typical busy working mum she don't get much time to be a serious reader, and therefore hasn't a preferred genre, but instead uses reading as a way to unwind before bedtime. However having reached the ripe old age of Forty she was keen to try new types of books and was more than happy to provide some guest reviews for My keeper shelf.
Pauline and Lesley actually work together and are often found mid afternoon raiding the chocolate machine at work, having cups of tea and swearing loudly in a random manner.

2 comments:

  1. I'm so unsure whether I want to read this one, because most of the reviews are very mixed. :/ Think I might put off getting a copy of it even longer.

    Thanks for sharing!
    Carina

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  2. I've heard similar things about this book - which is why I didn't rush out to buy it. But I spotted it the bargain bin at my local WHSmith for £1.99 and picked it up - not high on my must read list though. Great review though.

    Good luck with the chocolate raids - save me a wispa! :)

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