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by Rene Gutteridge

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In the aftermath of investigating the D.C. sniper case, police detective Vance Graegan is burned out on life and love. Hoping to save his marriage, he quits the force and moves his wife and son to the other side of the country. But when the movers decide to hold his belongings for ransom, Vance is determined to ensure that his family’s new beginning is not

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Possession 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
NCgramof2 More than 1 year ago
Being a lover of suspense, I knew that I would love this book. And, as predicted, I did. It certainly was filled with everything I look for in a good suspense novel. The twists, the turns, the page turning breathless gasps, the deep and meaningful characters that supply all of these things through the plot. Rene Gutteridge is new to me, and because I am highly pleased with the work of this talented lady, she is one that I will read again and again. Having a retired military husband and living in Virginia and dealing alot with DC, this plot line really pulled me in. I was instantly in the middle of the heart racing action and suspense as I read about Vance Graegan and his wife, and the DC sniper case. It was life like and very fast paced. Definitely filled with lots of action and keeps the reader hanging on. If you like edge of your seat suspense, then you definitely want to get a copy of this great novel by a highly talented author. I will be on the look out for more work by this author in the future. ~Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book for review~ ~I do not receive financial compensation for any of my reviews. I do however from time to time receive complimentary review books to read and post HONEST reviews, positive and negative. The acceptance of a book does not guarantee a positive review.~
dhiggins4 12 months ago
This book had me hooked from the very first page! Rene Gutteridge is one of my favorite authors. She always knows how to "hook" the reader from the first page. Vance Graegan is burned out on life and love. He has just finished a sniper case, and it has worn him out! He is trying to save his marriage, so he and his wife decide to make a new start. They hire a moving company and Vance, his wife and his young son all move to California. But things don't go as planned. He is about to lose his possessions, but that is not all he is going to lose! There is a major twist in this book. I would definitely recommend this book to everyone. You won't regret it!
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honestmls More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! Many twist and turns.
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An excellent writer and a great read. Covers lots of relevant issues and is a great cliff-hanger!
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Jennifer_Bonds More than 1 year ago
I love great mystery novels! Possession is a great mystery novel by Rene Gutteridge, an author that I had never heard of but has quickly became one of my favorites! The book is about Vance Graegan, a retired detective that was an investigator in the D.C. Sniper case. The case has affected him badly and put a great strain on his marriage. He and his wife decide to move to California to open up a deli, his wife Lindy's dream. They hire movers to take their possessions to the new home and that is when everything falls apart. The Graegan's were looking to start a new life but are torn apart by these movers that have their "Possessions". The movers start demanding money from them first of all because the home they move to is too far away from the curve. Vance signed a contract without reading the fine print which stated that if the house was over a certain distance there would be an additional fee. The Graegan's know that they got scammed but are lost in how to handle the situation. And just when you blink your eyes something else happens to keep you intrigued. Their little boy Conner never loses faith that things will work out...a lesson that the Graegan's will learn also. I was so captivated by this book that I could not sleep! It made me think twice about just signing along the dotted line...I will definitely be reading the fine print from now on. I would highly recommend it, along with any other books by Rene Gutteridge as I am sure they are just as great! I can't wait to read more by her. This book was provided to me by Tyndale Publishers free of charge. The opinions in this review are my own and have not been influenced.
SusieBookworm More than 1 year ago
Possession is a hard book to put down! Vance Graegan, a retired police officer who worked the DC sniper case, and his wife, Lindy, decide to put the past behind them and move out to California to get a fresh start on life. Everything seems fine with the move, until the the moving company decides to hold their belongings for an extra $8000. This looks like a scam at first, but it becomes clear there is more to the story and it may have to do with the DC sniper case. During this fiasco, Vance is still fighting his demons from the past, showing signs of PTSD. An old collegue steps back into the picture and makes a bad situation even worse. The twists and turns of this book keep the reader engaged and suprised. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes a good thriller. Tyndale House Publishers has provided me with a complimentary copy of this book.
rmattos More than 1 year ago
This is a magnificent book! The author is a superb storyteller and she captivated my attention from the very first page of this wonderful fiction/suspense book. Her description of the characters and places is so realistic that it seems that you are living the story. During many page turners I was holding my breath, such was the intensity level of the story. Every character from this book would be a perfect subject for psychoanalysis, as they are so complex and interesting! The way the plot develops keeps you in the edge of your chair till the last page. A detective (Vance Graegan) that worked in the investigation of the D.C. sniper case sees his life going upside down in part because of lies that were accumulating during the years in his relationship with his wife (Lindy Graegan). His partner (Erin) in the DC police in his earlier career saved his life, and his relationship with her were never completely resolved. He decided to leave the streets and become a detective, and later, to move to California to open a deli, an old dream of Lindy, in part to save his marriage and give them a fresh start. His son (Conner) is in my opinion the central character of this fiction, as it is through his purity and innocent faith that the parents learn to rely on God for fighting for them the battle they cannot win by themselves. This is a remarkable way of showing the power behind a true and pure faith that move mountains. This book was written by Rene Gutteridge in 2010. It was published by Tyndale Publisher House also in 2010 and they were kind enough to send me a copy for reviewing through their blogger book review program.
Prolificreader More than 1 year ago
Intense. Page-turner. Gripping. Passionate. Emotive. Those are just some of the words that come to mind as I sit down to write the review of Rene Gutteridge's dynamite book POSSESSION. I couldn't stop reading this book. I would steal snatches at every available opportunity. The dialogue is snappy and never stops for breath. The descriptions pulled me into the story with strong verb usage and clearer than clear settings and characters. Each actor in this "play" had their own sets of challenges and struggles to the highest degree. I believed every emotion that poured forth from their tormented souls. What I loved so much about this book is the author knows exactly where to stop a scene in that absolute worst conflict, then turn and switch to another scene and character. Talk about not being about to put the book down! The book flows with urgency and depth, there are moments of relief, more for the reader than anything else, but quickly escalate once again. Just when you think it can't get worse it does. From a dynamite finish to an explosive ending, this book has to be one of the best suspense novels I have read this year. I LOVED it! A winner for many suspense fans I am sure. This review is my honest opinion. Thanks to the publishers for my copy to review.
garfieldwtf More than 1 year ago
Possession by Rene Gutteridge is about Vance Graegan a police detective who is wear out both in life and love. He was hoping to save his marriage, and therefore decided to start afresh by quitting the force and move somewhere else so that he and his family could have some peace and serenity. But when he was moving to the new place with his family, the movers decided to hold his belonging for ransom, and Vince is determined not to let this undermine their new beginning. I will not reveal anymore of the plot because it will ruin the story, but i assure you that this story is a very fast-paced and thrilling story. Well written and definitely for people who enjoy a good mystery. Perfect to read on a slow Sunday or a rainy day, and I highly recommend this book for those who love a book that's packed with action, suspense and also a little bit of moral value, as in truth, this is also a Christian fiction. Yes, you're reading it right, this is a Christian fiction. A very good one, in fact. And you wouldn't even realize that you're actually reading a Christian fiction once you get your hand on this book. Splendidly written and guaranteed to make your head spin with all the adrenaline rush. I received this book free from Tyndale House Publishing. All opinions are my own.
BookReviewerTG More than 1 year ago
A family, a move, a child! Montgomery County police detective Vance Greagan has worked more murder scenes than the NCSI cast of characters on a movie set and he can feel the PTSF (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) settling in like a flea on a dog's backside. With his mental health going.down.the.tubes he knows its imperative that they move on. So, he packs up his family (wife, Lindy and son, Connor), all their worldly belongings and off to California they relocate. However, Vance makes a pit stop in Chicago to see an old friend, Erin. Maybe. Just maybe. Old memories and old friends should stay in Memoryville. Vance begins to think his pit stop wasn't such a grand idea. Then Lindy begins to have problems with the movers who begin to demand more payment before they will deliver the families belongings. Then the action begins! Circumstances begin to get hot, attitudes begin to take a dive and a little boy reminds adults that if you have faith and say to that mountain be removed then the mountain must be moved. Ahhhh for the faith of a child! Lindy's frustrations, Vance's detours and Connor's faith all make for a remarkable family move! This read has more twists and turns than a Tennessee mountain road on a dark rainy night! The underlying theme is FAITH---having the faith of a child. The story line keeps building and building getting more intense with each chapter until the final confrontation. This is a Wow! I never would have guessed that person to be the culprit! The title Possession seems to be a word-play: What are possessions except those that we deem most dear---family, faith and a future filled with God's mercies! A 5 star fast-paced, action-filled, chair-gripping inspirational suspense thriller read that will grip your heart and leave you with a deeper-sense-of- faith! *I received a free book to review for Tyndale Publishing*
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
We've all moved at some point in our lives. It becomes the experience we all dread. We hate the packing up of boxes and then trying to bribe friends and family members to help us load the rental truck. So many of us wish we could just hire a moving company to pack it all up, load it up, deliver it and unpack the boxes into our homes, yet few can afford to do it. The one thing you need to remember is to read the contract including the fine print of every page. Otherwise you may just wind up like detective Vance Graegan, who decides its time to retire from the D.C. police force after a very difficult sniper case and follow his wife's dream to open a deli. She is after all been a successful caterer and Vance longs for a much simpler lifestyle. So what could be easier than to hire a moving company. They show up and pack everything up as required and make sure that Vance has signed his contract. After that it's simply time to meet them in California at their new home, only when Vance arrives in California, he's about to discover that reading that fine print may just cost him more than the possessions in the moving truck after the driver begins to blackmail him. Mere coincidence? You'll have to read the book, Possession by Rene Gutteridge to find out. I received this book compliments of Tyndale House Publishers for my honest review and beginning with the prologue, this one had me hooked until the very end. Now I am off to find other novels by Rene Gutteridge. She is a very talented author using our own personal experiences of the things we all deal with, to get us emotionally involved in the storyline and characters. Loved it and hands down rate this a 5 out of 5 stars. I may never opt to use a moving company again after reading this one.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Montgomery County police detective Vance Graegan worked the infamous DC Sniper case diligently. However, each new murder of an innocent ripped at his gut. Now that the serial killers are caught, Vance knows he suffers from Post traumatic Stress Disorder. With his mental health shaky at best and feeling distant from his family, he decides that they need to start over; his wife Lindy agrees with his assessment to save the marriage. Vance and his wife Lindy accompanied by their young son Connor move across the country to California where they plan to open up a deli. While Lindy moves ahead to find them a home, Vance stops in Chicago to see his old friend Erin. The move proves complicated by the moving company demanding higher fees before delivering their goods. As they face more violence, what Vance has held inside him that Lindy saw in his eyes begins to eat at his soul again. Filled with super spins and terrific twists enhanced by an underlying message that you have to have faith to move mountains as Connor insists, readers will relish this strong character driven inspirational thriller. Fast-paced once the Graegan family begins to relocate after using the DC Sniper as a catalyst, this action-packed story line never slows down until the final confrontation is over. Rene Gutteridge provides a taut family drama that grips the souls of readers. Harriet Klausner
PJtheEMT4 More than 1 year ago
The Christian suspense fiction novel, Possession: Pay Now- or Lose Everythinh by Rene Gutteridge- features well developed characters, and an important underlying moral message about the importance of faith rather than depedance on materialism. Common themes are explored and addressed such as marriage, materialsim and modern society in general. Any reader- secular and religious alike- can related to the themes of this suspense novel. Ironially, the television watching young son, of the story's hero, detective Vance Graegan, came to his belief in Jesus Christ through watching a television preacher. Dispelling commonly held myths, in this book, unexpectedly, the faith of the young eight year old boy, Connor, plays a critical role in the story. in this twist, what society portrays as weak and insignificant, is what is most important, spiritually. Not only is this story entertaining, more significantly, it touches the reader spiritually in portraying that what modern society places the most value on, is in fact insognifiant in the larger picture. In general, I find novels such as Rene Gutteridge's suspense thriller, an effective outreach methos, tapping into those untapped readers of mystery and suspense novels. This book is the perfect blend or transition of a mystery novel and a faith based message that is sure to appeal to any reader interested in the ever popular crime novel/ mystery genre. As a blogger for Tyndale books, I recieved a copy of this book for the purpose of writing this review. The opinions expressed in this review are my own.
mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
This book is a mystery and a Christian fiction, it really is a great read. Vance and Lindy Graegan with their son Conner lived in D.C, and Vance was a detective and was retiring from the Montgomery County police, he had been through a terrible sniper case and so many people including children were killed, and he had spent so many hours away from home, he decided to retire and move to California so that his wife could open up a Deli that she had always wanted. He needed to get away from the memories of that terrible time. Little Conner had learned to pray but the parents did not trust in God, will they turn their hearts to our Savior? Will they learn to pray as their little child? But along with the move more trouble was coming their way, their furniture was being held for ransom, Lindy had went on ahead and found a place to live but with no furniture they were having a hard time, even Conner's toys and even their closed were in that truck. Not only that but they were receiving phone calls that they could not identify. Vance was having a terrible time with his mental health as he saw and heard things there were not there, but was at the scene of the sniper case. There were more deaths of people they knew and this had followed them to California. No one was supposed to know them there, this was a new start! A murdered man, then a woman in their house, Lindy and Conner kid napped, Vance jailed for the murder he didn't commit. So much going on in this book it will make your head spin. If you like a good clean mystery then this is the book for you. I enjoyed it very much. This book was provided free to me by Tyndale Publishing for my honest review.
Sneezybee23 More than 1 year ago
Vance and Lindy Graegan are ready for a new start. Raising a child, living with terror induced by a past sniper case, and working as a detective has taken a toll on Vance. Lindy has always dreamed of her own deli and the prospect of a new life lures them to California. Entrusting all their possessions to furniture movers in a bright, yellow truck, Lindy and their son, Connor, start out for California with Vance planning to follow quickly. When they expect the furniture and possessions to be delivered, they instead receive a bill for eight thousand dollars. The bill increases daily as do the stakes. The mover has discovered Vance's most-guarded secret and is holding it for ransom. Vance has many secrets from his time on the force, but this secret threatens to shatter his reputation, devastate his family, and hurt numerous others. In the midst of the turmoil, Connor clings to a faith that can move mountains. Vance and Lindy find their son's faith embarrassing, but when their lives are endangered, they realize that faith is the only thing that can save them. Possession by Rene Gutteridge is filled with mystery and suspense. The content of the prologue keeps the reader slightly confused until the end when everything is exposed. Kudos to the author for creating unique situations and keeping things unpredictable. I also appreciated the way the author approached the topic of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Gutteridge did not ignore the effects that traumatic events can have on people and made everything seem believable. This book was almost addictive. I kept wanting to know what was going to happen! I also enjoyed the Q&A with the author at the end of the book. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Tyndale Publishers as part of their Blogger Review Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."