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Possessed (Rayne #1)

3.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,236 Ratings  ·  173 Reviews
A dark, gothic tale set in modern-day England, this thriller love story has been called "wonderfully frightening" (SLJ) and "unsettling" and "creepy" (PW) -- perfect for paranormal fans!

Rayne can't wait to start her summer job at a remote country mansion, far from the crowded, noisy London she so desperately wants to escape. But the retreat soon turns into a nightmare-- th
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 1st 2011 by Point (first published July 7th 2008)
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Cora Tea Party Princess
5 Words: Thrilling, real, eerie, attraction, belief.

Possessing Rayne is one of those books that I can read again and again - I never get bored of it. I love the style, I love the characters, I love the intrigue, I love the realism, I love the element of fantasy, I love how very British it is.

And why is it so hard to review the books you love?

My favourite part of this book is probably how Rayne herself feels. She develops so much as a character and is pretty much unrecognisable as the girl she on
May 14, 2015 Casey rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
In Possessed we meet Rayne, a sixteen year old who's desperate for a break from the chaos and pressures of her life in London, leading to her taking up a job in a cafe in an old, secluded and far away mansion. Stuck sleeping in a regenerated sty out near the forests, it isn't long before the place starts to creep her out and she almost considers running home until she manages to make a few friends in the area.

Hardly any of the characters in this book were likable and the only ones who I could ab
Jul 07, 2011 Erin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2011
I really, really wanted to love this book, and then when I started the book it was nothing like I expected, I though that she got the job because it sounded nice, as a summer job. Then I find out its because she hates noise and where she lives and she's decided to take a year of school. It was nothing like I expected. That I could live with, but then she starts manipulating her Mom and her boyfriend so that they want her to go. I put that behind me to keep reading.... but then she starts screeni ...more
Feb 28, 2016 Shelby rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It was just okay. It was not my favorite series that I read before. I hope the rest of the series is a little bit better than this one.
Feb 26, 2010 Amy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: im-ya-ya-ya
POSSESSED was a lovely read. Although it doesn't really match up to the title. Rayne is tired of living in London, of living in a cramped little apartment in the middle of the busy, crowded, clogged, stifling city. She's stuck in a relationship with a controlling guy who doesn't really love her, her mom doesn't seem to love her aside from her usefulness in taking care of her little brother, and day and night, there's just so much noise and pollution and clutter. So she applies for a job at Morto ...more
Judith Beilke
Jan 08, 2012 Judith Beilke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Possessed. Even the name sounds creepy. This book, by Kate Cann, is the most chilling book I’ve ever read. By the cover of this book, you’d think it was about Rayne (rein), the main character, would be, in some way, possessed. Not this book. Follow Rayne through her life of an over-possessive boyfriend, Damien, sharing a room with her little brother, Jelly, and an over-protective mom on a flat in London, England. So when she hears about a job just outside a small town in the south, Morton’s Keep ...more
Emily Benoit
Sep 26, 2011 Emily Benoit rated it liked it
Shelves: reads-of-2011
Concept/Ideas: 4/5
Characters: 3.5/5
Storyline/Plot: 4/5
Overall Rating: 3/5 stars

To be honest this book wasnt as good as I expected it to be. Although the title implies that it's going to be a scary, creepy book.... It really wasn't. I don't even understand where exactly "Possessed" even comes into this book... Nobody was. It wasnt very scary, or suspensful, which dissappointed me. The only real good/creepy parts were in the very beginning, and the very end. The background history in the novel was
Apr 15, 2010 Kelly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The beginning of Possessed drops the reader right into the stifling life of Rayne, a young London teenager. Her relationships with her mother and boyfriend are dysfunctional, and she’s unable to find a moment’s peace amid the noise and crime of the city. Kate Cann does an excellent job of showing us Rayne’s frayed nerves and her desire to get out of her neighborhood by any means necessary. Desperate, she takes a live-in job at the country estate of Morton’s Keep.

As Rayne settles into her new lif
For Rayne, life in her London apartment is getting stifling. She's not getting along well with her mother, doesn't enjoy taking care of her little brother, and isn't getting along particularly well with her boyfriend. She needs a change of scenery, so after a successful interview to work an ancient and isolated country estate, she jumps on the opportunity. But after arriving at Morton's Keep, Rayne begins to pick up on strange vibes around the grounds, hears frightening stories of the manor's pa ...more
 Tina (Fantastic Book Review)
Rayne Peters longs to get away from feeling trapped by the noisiness of the Estate, her mum’s constant chattering, and her boyfriend’s reputation. All she wants is to sort out her life away from the constant chaos around her. Rayne accepts a position at Morton’s Keep as her solution to finding solace but she never thought she would end of being lured into a living nightmare.

I don’t think I’d ever want to walk in Rayne’s shoes. It took guts to manipulate her way into leaving the clutches of the E
Originally Reviewed on The Book Smugglers:

Rayne feels trapped. Trapped by her mother, who only seems to want to control Rayne and uses her as a permanent babysitter for her toddler brother, Jelly. Trapped by her controlling boyfriend, who only seems to care about the status Rayne can bring him as a pretty girl and an accessory on his arm. Trapped by the noise and bustle and incessant action that surrounds her family’s London flat. So, when Rayne passes he
Feb 28, 2012 Garet rated it it was ok
Shelves: young-adult, gothic
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Apr 01, 2010 Bethany rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, young-adult
Rayne lives in a tiny apartment in London slum with her mother and baby brother. She has a boyfriend who...seems shady, although he never actually does anything bad. She hates, uh, you know, urban life, so she gets a job in the country at the creepiest, most haunted house ever. And then she starts cheating on her boyfriend (which is totally understandable, because he...seems shady) with the hottest, creepiest guy ever. She loves everything about her job and the country, except for how creepy eve ...more
The BookWhisperer
Possessed was originally released in the UK, but was released in the US this month. This was a very alluring book solely due to its awesome cover, but believe me that is just the beginning. This story is action packed, and full of mystery and suspense. One of my favorite aspects of this book is its setting. I was enthralled with the vocabulary and the setting of Morton s Keep. I am not sure if this is an actual location that the author based the story on, but if so I would love to visit. Everyth ...more
Alida arabelle
Dec 08, 2015 Alida arabelle rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Sepideh Sahebsara
Dec 08, 2014 Casondra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It turned out to be a very intense book that keeps you guessing the whole time. One of the great things about this book is that you get to know all of the characters. She tells about their background and how their everyday lives are. By doing that it made you feel really connected to the characters. There were a few things that didn't really go together with the book. One of them was the title. The book is called "Possessed", but that's not really what the book is about. It gives you kind of a ...more
Sep 09, 2014 Lainy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Time taken to read - 3 days

Pages - 331

Publisher - Scholastic

Blurb from Goodreads

Rayne can't wait to start her summer job at a remote country mansion, far from the crowded, noisy London she so desperately wants to escape. But the retreat soon turns into a nightmare -- the mansion is creepy, the legends of ghosts keep Rayne up at night, and she doesn't feel safe anywhere.

Can Rayne figure out why she's so freaked -- before she becomes a ghost story herself?

My Review

Rayne is our main character, li
Dec 15, 2014 Vanessa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
How did you pick this book?
no one recommended it to me, I read the back cover and thought it sounded good.

Significance of the title?
The tilt of my book is possessed. I think that it's kind of related to the story, because there is something that lurks at mortons keep.

I think that the purpose of the book was to tell a thrilling, suspenseful scary story.

I think that people who are interested in haunting's, ghosts, and just things that scare you.

What are 3 facts?

I think tha
Dec 06, 2010 Erin rated it it was ok
I didn't finish this book. I had to finally give up because I have been sitting on it for nearly 2 months. The reason I gave it two stars is because it had potential, it wasn't a horrible book, I was just bored with it so it wasn't for me. I am sure there are others that will enjoy it much more than I did.
Jia yousuf
Dec 15, 2014 Jia yousuf rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jia by: Tanzila khan
I freaked out coz of the cover but you know I'm brave! I did it at last I kept this one to be read last....but it was good not that scary after all......I liked it. I'm really looking forward for its sequel....I hated that ST.JOHN you know he was grosss.
Jun 19, 2015 tommie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
the thing i liked most about 'possessed' is it's layout. i would be up late at night, reading, and i would say "one more chapter". then the chapter would be three pages long, so i would say "one more chapter" again, and so on. this is how i finished the novel in one night.
another great thing is the main character is a poc woman. however, many of the characters were a bit annoying. rayne got frightened very easily, which can be endearing, but to me it was just annoying. i could tell st. john and
Charlie' (Ohana means family)
Well, this book.

I will be honest in saying that it wasn't as good as I thought it would be. The title implied that it would be a scary and creepy book, but it just wasn't. I don't even know where 'Possessed' even comes into this story. The only slightly scary bit the beginning or the very end.

I didn't even like Rayne that much. She was okay, but not my favourite character in this book.

I just really wanted to love this book, but it was just nothing like I expected. I thought she got the job becau
Mar 23, 2012 Dru rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: supernatural
It was a good book but I don't understand why the book is called "Possessed " when no one in the book is possessed or get possessed.
Cassie Robinson
Sep 10, 2014 Cassie Robinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dark-fiction
I have to be honest, this book started off really slow for me. However, it got good REALLY fast and where as the beginning of the book dragged on a bit (I felt), all of a sudden, the pace picked up rapidly and the plot just absolutely flourished. UGH. I can't even describe to you how much I loved this book. Definitely on my top list. I loved the main character so much. Rayne was relatable and had a touch of innocence about her that made for great character development. I don't want to give too m ...more
Aug 22, 2011 Schay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, young-adult
I read this through the night and it scared the crap outta me. That'll teach me to stay up late.
Aug 24, 2011 Caroline rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Great plot, loved it:-) Interested to read more x x
Oct 16, 2015 Danielle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A few years ago, I read "Spanish Holiday" by Kate Cann and I loved her story and writing style so much that I read the book in a day. While I don't think that "Possessed" is as good as "Spanish Holiday", I was hooked enough to read the book in two days. Rayne is a 16 year old who lives in a rougher part of London and eager to escape everything. So she takes a job at Morton's Keep, an ancient house with lots of dark history attached to it. She becomes friends with a group of teens who are quite i ...more
Oct 21, 2011 Shannon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Rayne has decided that she needs to get away from her mother, her three-year-old brother, her boyfriend, and the overall busyness of London. She finds a job at a country estate, Morton’s Keep, that is steeped in history. She has finally found the silence and the space that she so craved, but the eeriness of the mansion and the stories and sounds keep her up at night. Before too long, she meets a group of other teenagers her own age, who immediately befriend her. St. John, the group’s unofficial ...more
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When I was a child, I wanted to be a witch. My first foray into writing was a series of nasty spells full of rats’ tails and bats’ wings. Then, when I turned thirteen, I began keeping a lurid diary, full of adoration or loathing, depending on who I was writing about. I used my later diaries for the Diving In trilogy.

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