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In May 2017, The Possessions was long-listed for the John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger, awarded to debut authors by the Crime Writers’ Association.

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“The story is riveting and yet disquieting at the same time … The Possessions remains entirely its own book, unique and unputdownable.” – Kelly Pells, Enfield Independent

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“… An unusual story that is chilling, gripping and hard to forget.” – Betty Lytle, The Oklahoman

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The Possessions is convincingly otherworldly as it melds together the living and the dead … Murphy offers a perceptive view of tough subjects without ever preaching. Her debut is the story of a telltale heart that keeps its secrets close.” – Sarah Gilmartin, The Irish Times

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The Possessions is an unsettling read … the story absorbs at the same time as it confronts.” – Sally Nimon, The Newtown Review of Books

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“With a plot that races along, this is an imaginative and seductive supernatural novel that examines love, loss and terrifying obsession.” – Fanny Blake, Daily Mail

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“An entirely compelling world with all the intoxicating imagination and white-knuckle plotting of high-Victorian sensation fiction … Murphy delivers a kind of love story to our mortal selves, tenderly prying into the ways we have of grieving and of letting go, celebrating the unthinkable oddness and pleasures of fleshly life, brilliantly dramatising dizzying questions about selfhood and sympathy. ” – Sarah Ditum, The Guardian

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“A haunting and brilliantly written thriller which raises questions about the boundaries between grief and obsession. People who enjoy offbeat fiction with a touch of supernatural will enjoy this book.” – Rabeea Saleem, Culturefly 

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“[To] say the least, intriguing … A meditation on grief, obsession, and the dark past we all try to bury, The Possessions is a striking debut.” – The Pool  (Bedtime Book Club Selection)

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Highly original … like entering a mysterious other world where nothing is quite as it seems.” – New Books

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“[S]upernatural romance that thrives on imaginative world-building.” – The Saturday Age

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“A tale about connecting with the dead that is a guaranteed page-turner.” – Elle UK

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“Creepy, chilling, compelling.” – Sarra Manning, Red Magazine (Best Books to Read This Month)

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A “chilling and impossible-to-put down debut.” – Marissa Stapley, The Globe and Mail

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

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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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“… 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 unique and engaging debut. It will be interesting to see what Murphy brings next.” – RT Book Reviews, four-star review

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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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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

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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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“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

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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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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)