**I received an ARC of this book courtesy from the publisher for a fair and honest review.**
Another twisty psychological suspense from the author of The Leaving, where a teen searches for answers about her mother’s dark history, telekinesis, and the power of will.
What if . . . no one knows the truth about you? It’s been thirteen years since Kaylee’s biological mother, Crystal, once infamous for her supposed telekinetic ability, got a life sentence for killing Kaylee’s little brother in a fit of telekinetic rage. Today, Kaylee’s living a normal life with her adoptive parents and almost never thinks of Crystal. Until a woman shows up on Kaylee’s doorstep, asking to interview her for a podcast about her mother. Was the whole telekinesis thing a hoax, or does Crystal have some kind of special powers? Is it possible that Kaylee has them, too? It would certainly explain some of the stranger things that have happened to her over the years.
What if . . . she did the interview? Met her mother for the first time since the trial? Can her mother prove she can make things happen with her mind? Can Kaylee do the same? And what if she has been doing it, all along? As the podcast begins airing, everyone in Kaylee’s life–everyone in the country–is hearing this dark history and asking questions that even Kaylee has never dared ask herself.
The Possible is a twisty, surprising story, and an exploration of the power of our own minds, the power of will, and how our histories define us . . . or not.
This was my second book by Tara Altebrando that I have ever read. After reading The Leaving last year, once I saw The Possible pop up on the radar, I knew I had to get my hands on it, and I wasn’t disappointed at all!
I didn’t know what to expect when I picked up this book initially, but once I got into the first 50 pages I was hooked. I will admit, I am a sucker for the paranormal and all things even remotely super-powers related, so when telekinesis was mentioned, I got so excited for this, being a fan of the X-Men, who aren’t shy of playing around in that area. Needless to say this had me fascinated throughout the whole book as Tara played “do they/don’t they” have telekinetic powers. I loved that the podcast was the basis behind the whole story, as I haven’t previously read anything so heavily involved with podcasts. I also loved the mystery that ran throughout, as well as those plot twists–Oh, the plot twists! There were a few things that happened towards the end that I truly wasn’t expecting. I also can’t go through this review without acknowledging the Carrie references throughout. I loved Carrie by Stephen King, and for it to be even mentioned, let alone have a reference to the bucket of blood scene, made my heart skip a beat.
If there was an element of the story I wasn’t too keen on, that was the little love story between Kaylee and Bennett. I felt like it was forced, and didn’t really work with the story and could have done without it to be honest. I guess if it did add to the story at all, it would be that it added to the build up between Kaylee and Aiden.
Like I mentioned, the main element that surprised me in the end with this book, was how it ended! I certainly didn’t expect those plot twists, and I certainly didn’t expect it to play out the way it did in the end. It was like watching a young, modernised version of an Agatha Christie with a slice of telekinesis for good measure! The Possible was brilliant, and had all the elements from The Leaving that I loved, and I definitely will be keeping my eye out for more by Tara Altebrando in the future!