Book Review: The Possession of Natalie Glasgow by Hailey Piper

As you can see by the image, I did a buddy read of Hailey Piper’s The Possession of Natalie Glasgow with my cat. He didn’t try to eat any of the pages, which should tell you that this is a Good Book!

I’m not actually a fan of possession stories. They’ve never been my jam. But when I saw people raving about this one and the refreshing twist it had on the genre, I decided to give it a go. The premise is fairly straightforward: the beleaguered mother of an unwell daughter has run out of options offered by medical science and turns to a midwife/witch for help. Cue the late night creepings, audio recordings, and plant burning that are all pretty commonplace in exorcism tales.

Where these well traveled paths lead us, however, is a rather new (at least to my knowledge) conclusion that I really enjoyed. I won’t say more than that to avoid spoilers, just get ready to feel things.

Piper is a strong writer. The fact that she managed to evoke such emotion without the story feeling rushed in just over 100 pages is an impressive feat. I do wish we’d had just a little more meat in the beginning, perhaps just a prologue scene to showcase the start of Natalie’s possession, to help start readers off on firmer footing.

Overall, I definitely recommend this book for people looking for a quick, unique take on possessions!


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