The Anomaly Files #2
By Michael Rutger
ISBN # 9781538761878
Author’s Website: michaelmarshallsmith.com
Brought to you by OBS reviewer Omar
From the author of The Anomaly comes the second installment in The Anomaly Files, a series in the tradition of James Rollins of a team investigating American myths and legends.
Still recovering from the shocking revelations they uncovered deep in uncharted territory in the Grand Canyon, American myth and legend investigator Nolan Moore and his team take on a new mission, investigating a rumored case of witchcraft and possession.
Nolan hopes their new case, in a quaint village in the middle of the woods, will prove much more like those he and his team investigated prior to their trip to Kincaid’s cavern.
But as the residents accounts of strange phenomena add up, Nolan and company begin to suspect something all too real and dangerous may be at play. A force that may not be willing to let them escape the village unscathed.
It all started with a missing girl, a strange Instagram picture, and walls as old as time that go nowhere. The Possession is a strange story about characters that hide many secrets that intertwine to create a greater mystery surrounding a small town in the middle of nowhere, Birchlake, CA. But there is a mist that talks to some and takes others away. As Nolan Moore and his crew of the Anomaly Files shows, try to understand the mystery surrounding the despaired girl and the strange walls, other creatures have a different agenda, and accepting what is hidden might be the only thing that saves their lives.
While the title of the book implies a supernatural theme, the Possession starts like any other mystery book and it’s until later on that the paranormal parts start to show up. It was a good parallel with the characters starting to believe that the things that they are seeing are real and not just fragments of their imagination.
This story makes its main purpose to mess with the readers’ minds and give them scenes we don’t understand until later. One example was that I thought that at first the villain was revealed but as the story progressed, the reader sees that there is much more to the first pages of the book.
I liked the Possession, it was intriguing and had me wondering most of the time what was happening. But at the same time, I felt that it was packed with a lot of information that took time to be useful or explain something to the reader. I liked the idea of the walls that go nowhere and the history that the story had about them, it’s a topic I would like to research later.
Given that I started reading the second book in the series, I’m curious to learn what happened on the first one, but I feel that it can also be read as a standalone. But I will be reading the first one to know more about the members of the Anomaly Files shows.
If you are a fan of Michael Rutger or better known as Michael Marshall and his work, then I recommend, The Possession. In this story, a girl goes missing and the inhabitants of a small town learn that the invisible things that our brain hides to protect us are still real, and every wall has a purpose of keeping some things in and other things out.
*OBS would like to thank the publisher for supplying a free copy of this title in exchange for an honest review*