After Obsession is set where all the best horror/possession/ghost stories come from – a small town in Maine, New England. As in many other such stories, there’s a Native American element., and stupid white colonists who just wouldn’t listen.
Alan is the new boy in town, come, with his single mother, to live with his aunt and cousin, Courtney. He’s fairly certain that his father, whom he has never met, was Navajo, but he has had to research his heritage on-line. Somehow he has managed to arrange his own vision quest and find a totem animal, which has been advising him in visions.
Aimee, whose mother died several years before, has inherited her healing powers, which also make her vulnerable, as do her true dreams.
Now the two must join forces to fight something nasty that has been possessing Courtney and bringing out the worst in the townsfolk. If they don’t stop it, the thing trapped in the river will escape and overwhelm a lot more than the twon.
Aimee and Alan are such kind and decent kids! They treat everyone well, love their families and each other. Alan respects Aimee’s abilities as well as loving her. They both have their own troubles that they must overcome to fight the evil spirit.
I liked the notion that the “sweet librarian lady” at their school has so much information that they can use; there is only so far the Internet can go, but in the end, you can’t beat a good librarian and her archives!
Because the story is told in alternating voices – Aimee’s and Alan’s – it avoids many of the clichés of standard YA paranormal fiction with its damsel in distress heroine.
Still – it’s basically a girls’ book and should suit girls from abut 14 upwards.