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The Possession

(The Anomaly Files #2)

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  1,519 ratings  ·  295 reviews

A group of explorers arrive in the remote town of Birchlake, Northern California, to investigate the appearance of mysterious stone walls.


A teenage girl has disappeared without a trace.


Soon it becomes clear that the two events may be connected in the most terrifying way. Because some
Hardcover, 400 pages
Published July 25th 2019 by Zaffre (first published July 2nd 2019)
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Leslie I agree with Alison. Ironically I had the first book out from the "nearly new" (21-day loan) section of the library when I got this from the new (7-da…moreI agree with Alison. Ironically I had the first book out from the "nearly new" (21-day loan) section of the library when I got this from the new (7-day) section and started it without realizing that they were both by the same author. So I kept going with this and have had no problem.(less)
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Jun 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley
Now the blurb for The Possession doesn't give you much to work on. A missing girl. Mysterious stone walls that defy explanation. Someone or something's clearly getting possessed. That's it. And if that's all you want to know, don't read any further than this paragraph. I'm not about to spoil anything, but there might be a few more hints hidden in my words than the book's teaser of a description. What I will say here is that this book is scary as hell and even funnier than that. If you have a cha ...more
How did I miss this?

I didn't even know this was thing!

I really enjoyed The Anomaly and the low rating for this doesn't scare me.

It takes more than a 3.39 to scare Meg away!!!
Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
I read The Anomaly, this book’s successor, back-to-back with this one, and I reviewed them together on instagram. From my thoughts:

I found each book creepy, gripping, fast-paced, a touch campy, and completely original. There’s adventure and tons of interest. Nolan Moore, one of the main characters, is an archaeologist with a docuseries, which always fascinates me. There’s tons of atmosphere, and overall, both books are compelling and so vividly real I thought it all was truly happening all aroun
Dannii Elle
"When you're not distracted by all the things you can see, it's easier to feel the presence of things that you can't."

This is the second instalment in The Anomaly Files series.

Nolan is the presenter for the seemingly doomed Youtube docuseries, The Anomaly Files, and their latest exploration seems to be following this trend. He brings his tribe of creators to a rural and unnoteworthy town to inspect the inexplicable ancient walls that line the bordering woodland. As curious as the mystery surroun
Amy Imogene Reads
Honestly? I loved this a lot, but it’s extremely different than the first in the series so I get the polarized rating. If you like creeping and constant suspense, this is the book for you.

Characters: ★★★★★
Pacing: ★★
Suspense: ★★★★★
Enjoyment: ★★★★

A note, as this is a series: The Possession is technically a sequel to The Anomaly, but to be honest it's a clear standalone and follows a very different horror template, so don't let that stop you. Jump right in to this one if you haven't read the first
May 16, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was my first taste of YouTuber Nolan Moore and his Anomaly Files and has made me want to seek out the first in the series.

The team are investigating a mysterious stone wall in the remote town of Birchlake.
Whilst their Nolan discovers that a teenage girl has gone missing, surely their must be a link?

Even though this is the second book in the series, I found it really easy to connect with Nolan and the rest of his team.
The mystery and tension nicely builds during the first half of the novel
Renee Godding
2/5 stars

"To outrun the monster, you don't have to be the fastest. Just the second slowest. You're my safety mechanism".

Earlier this year, I picked up a thriller from a bargain-bin at the bookstore, based on nothing but an intriguing synopsis. It ended up being one of the most thrilling supernatural thrillers I’ve read to date. That book was The Anomaly by Michael Rutger, so when I found out there was a sequel on the way, in the form of The Possession, I knew I had to give that one a try as we
kerri leo
This was truly disappointing. What the fuck. I absolutely loved Rutgers first book in the series, The Anomaly, it was one of my favorite books of last year and I was so pumped for the “sequel” but this was just... a mess. It starts off with a lot of potential, the writing is good, the general outline of the story is intriguing but I’d say once you hit at least part two things go downhill. Fast.

I didn’t like the addition of Kristy, Nolan’s ex-wife, she was incredibly self absorbed and uninterest
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
So creepy! Possession, witches, and spooky scenery makes for a great creepy book for Halloween season.
Jun 19, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is the 2nd in the series with Nolan Moore, amateur archaeologist and host of "The Anomaly Files" and his team producer and best friend, Ken, Molly (the group's "Girl Friday") and cameraman Pierre investigating another paranormal mystery for their YouTube series.
This time they travel to Northern California to investigate mysterious stone walls. Similar walls actually exist all over the planet - even under the sea - and yet very little is known about them.
What Nolan hasn't told his colleague
Caidyn (he/him/his)
I received an ARC from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review!


I wanted to like this one more. The first book was one of my favorites from last year. It was fast-paced and I immediately became attached to the characters. It was also a huge conspiracy theory that kept getting crazier with each passing page.

This one? Different beast.

It picks up roughly where the first book ends. All made it out of their crazy adventure and they're trying to make some kind of profit off of it. Nolan, the l
Liz Barnsley
Jul 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was such a huge fan of The Anomaly and if anything The Posession is so much more..creepier, more addictive for sure.

I genuinely stayed up until 3am finishing it then regretted it because I couldn’t sleep, kept hearing things and seeing shadowy figures on the landing so in the end I didn’t bother and put every light in the house on then drank tea huddled in a blanket until dawn. Then I went to work. Everyone loved me that day as you can imagine…

ANYWAY my point being, this is absolutely beautifu
Jul 31, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: horror, 2019
I loved the first book and this was a huge disappointment after that. I was really looking forward to this one so it's really sad I didn't like this at all. ...more
The Anomaly Files is back! The gang – Nolan, Ken, Molly and Pierre – are looking for their next big show, and they find it in a little town where a teenage girl has gone missing. This town is plagued with inexplicable occurrences that increase in menace, leaving the team with one agenda: getting out alive.

This was a weird one for me. I enjoyed it, but I was also disappointed with it too. I was really into getting into this sequel, but toward the end at about 70%, it went pear shaped and felt ra
Jul 28, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition

Michael Marshall Smith is one of my favourite authors ('Only Forward' being one of my all time favourite books). He goes by many names. He has written "The Anomaly Files" under the pen name Michael Rutger.

I am disappointed to say that this is the first time a book of his has failed to impress me. So much so that I would bluntly caution other readers to not bother with this book. Instead, read the first one, "The Anomaly". It's exciting, suspenseful, and most importantly, coherent. All the things
Maria Hill AKA MH Books
Basically, this series is a bit of fun, reminiscent of the early seasons of TV shows like the X-files, Supernatural etc - Our mismatched team investigates the mysterious and supernatural for their YouTube show The Anomaly Files.

Written with Michael Marshall Smith/Michael Rutger's wicked sense of humour and populated by a bunch of characters that probably don't deserve all that the author puts them through, this is a series I will continue to pick up in paperback as it is released in the future.
Unseen Library
In this week’s Waiting on Wednesday I will be look at The Possession by Michael Rutger, the sequel to one of the creepiest books I read last year, The Anomaly. Michael Rutger is an acclaimed author of horror and thrillers, having written a number of great novels over the years under a number of different names. The Anomaly was a particularly amazing book that placed a team of amateur myth hunters inside a genuine and over-the-top ancient mystery and a real-life conspiracy which they were forced ...more
Jul 23, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebooks, arc-s
Set against the gloomy Northern Californian mountains, The Possession is a truly dark and eerie tale with a lot of creative and unique twists. It starts off with a slow burn, but once the evil forces come out to play it becomes a gripping, claustrophobic horror ride.


First off can I just say what an utter kick it was to read a book that took place near where I grew up in Northern California? My hometown of San Jose (Go Sharks!) was mentioned several times, too.

There are actually walls
Mogsy (MMOGC)
3.5 of 5 stars at The BiblioSanctum

With the tease of ghostly possession as its premise, I thought this follow-up to The Anomaly would provide a creepier experience. But in fact, what we get is a more mysterious than scary scenario involving an isolated small town, its curious network of low stone walls that twist and turn across its wooded landscape, and a missing teenager. While The Possession lacks a lot of the intensity and body horror that made the fi
Jul 15, 2019 rated it it was amazing
As suspense goes, this one’s an epic success. Absolutely. No. Doubt. About. It.

It’s time to wave goodbye to the world as you know it and find yourself 110% absorbed, as THIS is what I call a helluva attention grabbing book – which I’m convinced is an actual phenomenon by itself, as it caused the last 24 hours to pass in what feels like the blink of an eye.

The narration is a gift. It’s snappy, moody and so damned effective. The end of every, single chapter is clipped at THE most perfect moment,
Jul 25, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-thrillers
The Possession – Sleep with the light on

The Possession by Michael Rutger is the second in the series of The Anomaly Files, but you do not need to read the series in sequence. The Possession could quite easily be a standalone book, as either as part of a series or on its own it will last a long time on your memory.

Nolan Moore is an archaeologist and conspiracy theory nut who produces his own You tube documentary series. He has travelled to a New England village, that is ‘quaint’ and he has brough
Sarah  Loves Books and tea
I have not read the first book in this series but I was tempted to read this because of the apparent similarities to Stephen King. The book is about a film crew who investigate strange phenomena and in Posession they are investigating mysterious stone walls in New England and then become involved in the search for a missing girl and it soon becomes clear that the two are linked in some way.

This was fast paced and interesting in places but definitely not anywhere in the same league as Stephen Ki
Angie Rhodes
Jul 21, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: owned
Well from the cover and it's title you'd expect this to be scary ,especially when it comes with the tag"for fans of Stephen King" errr no!! Now don't get me wrong, it starts off ok, girl gets in a car, girl goes missing, girl returns but isn't the same..and then it goes down hill faster than a tennis ball would, , The plot was none existent , the "spooky" ( and I use that lightly) happens in about chapter 45 and there are 63 very short chapters in the whole book.! Sorry but I've read scarier Goo ...more
The Behrg
Having loved the first book in this series, The Anomaly, I was oddly disappointed with this second outing. There were decisions made to approach this book in a way that it could be read as a stand-alone, without needing any knowledge from previous books, and while I understand the reasoning, I struggled with the actual application.

First off, the events in book one are so momentous, it's impossible that these characters aren't fundamentally changed by them. But in picking this up, they're just b
The Tattooed Book Geek (Drew).
As always this review can also be found on my blog The Tattooed Book Geek: https://thetattooedbookgeek.wordpress...

The Possession is the second book in The Anomaly Files series by Rutger and I have to admit that I haven’t read the first, The Anomaly! It didn’t hinder my reading experience or my enjoyment of The Possession though. Events from the first book are mentioned but they are merely background noise and referenced only in passing.

Nolan Moore is the host of the YouTube show The Anomaly Fil
Likable but somewhat disappointing second entry in the Anomaly File series which finds Nolan and the crew joining Nolan's estranged wife Kristy in an investigation of a young girl's disappearance, which may be related to some strange wall structures and a witchcraft connection. The story takes a bit to get going and is confusing at times towards the end when the characters encounter some weird doings and begin to see things that may or may not be there. It touches on a few interesting concepts b ...more
Rachel Emily
Really enjoyed this up to about Part 3, and then I felt like things fell a bit off track and it lost the crazy momentum that I had enjoyed so much in the first book.

Really neat ideas, and I chalk it up to being a meh-sophomore release. I’ll still be interested in another Anomaly book from Nolan and his crew!
Alfred Nobile
Jul 20, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: readers-first
I put in for this book as it was labelled for Stephen King fans. I thought this was setting the bar high; it failed miserably to even reach halfway! I am a lover of supernatural and horror books but this disappointed me greatly. The writing was wooden and the story ponderous . I thought the characters were poorly drawn and not at all well rounded. I could not engage with any of them. The best thing about the book, in my opinion was the prologue, which set the premise of a missing girl, with a hi ...more
Jun 21, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
The Possession was an odd, yet oddly satisfying read for me. It started out strong, hooking my interest with talk of urban legends and historical mysteries. With Pierre's solo excursion to the stone walls, I felt it tipped its hat a little too soon as to what was really happening, which lost me for a good part of the book. Michael Rutger reeled me back in, though, with a final hundred or so pages of unrelenting claustrophobic horror and manic intensity.

There is a perfect, small-town sort of tens
Chris DiLeo
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a great, creepy (and fun) read from Michael Marshall, writing as Michael Rutger. It is a solid summer read that moves quickly, and evokes dread through a captivating mystery without delving too far into the macabre.

The book is a sequel of sorts to THE ANOMALY, but readers need not have read that book to appreciate and enjoy this one. That book was like Indiana Jones meets the X-Files, and this one is more X-Files meets The Exorcist (but worry not you faint-of-heart readers, the horror is
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Michael Rutger is a screenwriter whose work has been optioned by major Hollywood studios. He lives in California with his wife and son.

Michael Rutger is a pen name for internationally bestselling author Michael Marshall.

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