Release date: June 10th, 2010
NOTE: Spoilers for first book in this review
In the second installment of the Possessions series, Lindsay finds herself heading back to Marlwood after a disastrous first semester because she discovers that she has become possessed, and the only way the spirit will leave her is if she does one thing: Kill Mandy.
Add to that a guy who can't make up his mind, a best friend who thinks you might be losing your mind, the Queen Bee's brother who may or may not be a danger to Lindsay, and the murderous attempts by the other girls who are possessed, Lindsay is in for an interesting couple of months where she can't tell who to trust, and who to fear.
Review: Just as mysterious and shocking as the first, The Evil Within is the perfect follow up to Possessions.
Lindsay is still the strong protagonist I loved in the previous book. This time around, she's struggling with what she knows about these malvolent spirits that are roaming the campus and threatening those she cares about. Her relationships are all pretty rocky as she tries to learn more about these spirits, and how to stop them. Bits from the past of Marlwood are slipped into the story, and Lindsay slowly learns what happened all those years ago.
A new character (well, new in the way that this is the first time he actually meets Lindsay) makes his way into The Evil Within. Miles Winters, Mandy's loving and possibly psychotic brother. His character is definitely one of the more intriguing ones, and I always found myself glued to the book whenever he'd make an appearance. With Miles, you just don't know what's going to happen, and the curiosity he brings to the story is thrilling.
The Evil Within brings in new twists and turns that will surprise you to no end, and leave you anxious for the next installment.
Highlights: Holder brings the same eerie feel to The Evil Within that she brought to Possessions. She's a master of suspense, and knows just how to keep a reader hooked. Once again, she managed to surprise me by the end, and give me enough incentive to stay curious for the next novel.
Lowlights: At times, I barely even cared about the other characters, so I'm not quite sure that's a good thing. I didn't sympathize with any of them the way I did with Lindsay. But regardless, I really loved this story and how easy it was to get hooked.