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“A suspenseful debut novel that’s stylish and deliciously creepy.” – People

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“… A Gone Girl-esque twisty thriller about a woman who tries on dead people’s souls for size” – Elizabeth Kiefer, Refinery 29’s Best Books of February

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Salon’s author questionnaire: ‘Figuring out that page-turning quality is tougher than it looks’ – Teddy Wayne, February 7, 2017

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“… A creepy mystery about a woman who channels the spirit of the dead … and is sucked deep into a spooky netherworld of obsession and desire.” – Claire Alfee, Metro

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A “novel that dips its toes into a number of genres with ease. … This is a compulsively readable book.” – Ellen Cregan, Readings

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Ten Terrifying Questions interview with Booktopia

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The Possessions is a February 2017 selection for the Book of the Month Club! Judge Liberty Hardy says: “Like the ‘bodies’ at the Elysian Society, The Possessions channels many different forms: it’s a mystery, a romance, a ghost story, and an erotically-charged thriller. It’s a compelling novel that mixes grief and heartache with danger and mystery.”

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“There are echoes of Vertigo and Eyes Wide Shut in this psychological slow burner … strange, suspenseful, and surprisingly sexy.” – Marie Claire Australia, February 2017

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The Possessions … is an addictive, slow-burning mystery that fuses classic noir with the intrigue of speculative fiction. … Murphy ensures compulsive page-turning until the past and future of each character is unveiled, and the crescendo of that reveal is heady and satisfying.” – Amanda Trivett, BookPage

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19 Highly Anticipated Breakthrough Books of 2017 (BookBub)

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“This poignant tale is a study of grief and obsession told by a person who will do anything to forget while surrounded by those who refuse to move on. … Murphy’s imaginative debut is a haunting ghost story and a thrilling mystery that will engross readers until the final page.” – Portia Kapraun, Library Journal Xpress (starred)

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The numerous mysteries that weave in and out of the main plot add a page-turning element to the book, and another ingredient to Murphy’s intriguing genre fusion. … Murphy’s debut novel mixes … intellectual fears with more down-to-earth threats, resolving its mysteries in shocking and thoughtful ways.” – Hank Stephenson, Shelf Awareness  (starred)

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A “lush, hair-raising mystery.” – Cosmopolitan, February 2017

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The Possessions … is the unusual novel with a clever premise that more than delivers.” – Jennifer Lipman, Running in Heels

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27 Brilliant New Books You Need to Read This Winter (Dan Dalton, BuzzFeed UK)

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A “more-than-slightly spooky tale of spiritualists and sexual obsession.” – Arminta Wallace,  Irish Times

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“A beautifully imagined mélange of thriller, dystopia and interrogation of grief.” – Cathy Rentzenbrink, Stylist Magazine

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“Murphy’s sublime debut is immersive from page one … a complex novel that is both unforgettable and impossible to put down.” – Kristine Huntley, Booklist (starred review)

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A “beautifully rendered, haunting page-turner.” – Publishers Weekly (starred and boxed review)