After Obsession

Well, it’s been a crazy week.  (Thankfully, not as crazy as last week.)  I’m finally starting to get back to normal after last week’s home invasion.  I’m hoping my reading will pick up as soon as things are kind of on an even keel.  Right now, though, I’m lucky to finish one book per week.  (This makes me very sad.)

This week, I finished After Obsession by Carrie Jones and Steven E. Wedel.  I had high hopes for this book because I enjoyed Carrie Jones’ Need series.  (I still have to read the fourth book, Endure.)  Unfortunately, After Obsession didn’t really live up to my expectations.  I felt that the plot was too rushed, the ending was a bit too neat, and I didn’t quite buy the love-at-first-sight thing between the two main characters.  Also, there was a lot of woo-woo supernatural stuff in this book but very little explanation behind it.  I’m a reader who needs to know why things happen, and this book didn’t deliver on that count.  Maybe I’m being too critical.  Maybe not.  But it’s my blog, and I can do what I want.  So there.

When Aimee and Alan meet, it’s like they’ve known each other forever. There’s an instant connection, and they know they’ve seen each other in their dreams…dreams that paint a disturbing picture of the future in their small town in Maine.  Something dark and evil has taken hold in town–something that has taken lives before–and it’s up to Aimee and Alan to drive this darkness–known only as the River Man–away.

But are two teenagers strong enough to fight an evil they can’t understand?  And what will happen when the River Man makes someone dear to both of them his vessel?  Is there any hope of saving someone after an evil spirit becomes obsessed with them…and before he takes full possession?  What mayhem could result if they fail?  What will they have to sacrifice to succeed?  Read After Obsession to find out.

I realize I haven’t told you a whole lot about After Obsession, but the more I think about it, the more I dislike this book.  (That is hard for me to admit.  I don’t like being negative about books.)  It just felt too choppy, and too many things were left unexplained.  I’m all for using my imagination, but even my overactive imagination couldn’t fill in the many holes left in this story.  I liked how Native American spirituality played a part in the book, but even that wasn’t given the attention it deserved.  With most books, I can see a movie in my mind as the action unfolds.  This book was just words on a page, and I wasn’t engaged at all.  Very disappointing.

If you don’t want to take my word for it, you can find more information on After Obsession on Carrie Jones’ website (, or you can check out the book trailer below.  As far as I know, this is a stand-alone book.  If there were any sequels, I doubt I would read them.  Do with that what you will.

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