Possession by Da'Neen HalePossession
by Da'Neen Hale
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Reviewed by: Delonya Conyers
November 2008


Yaassa Jones’ ex-boyfriend Chejuan Jackson aka Chee has serious problems letting go. Although their two year relationship has been over for three months Chee refuses to accept it. He actually climbs into Yaassa’s bed at night to cuddle next to her, somehow finding his way into her apartment no matter how many times she changes the locks. What was supposed to be just a casual fling evolved into something way more dangerous!

Afraid of actually falling in love Yaassa always played it safe in all of her relationships, vowing to never become too attached to any man she was dealing with. But while still experiencing the afterglow from a heated love session Yaassa agrees to be exclusive with Chee. Initially the relationship went well but later on down the line Chee became possessive and violent causing their break up.

In his heart Chee knows that he’s wrong for his actions but he just can’t risk losing Yaassa. Having serious abandonment issues stemming from his mother’s drug addiction and subsequent death and then the death of the loving grandmother who took him in, Chee refuses to let another woman that he loves slip away. Succumbing to her sympathy for Chee’s rough childhood Yaassa gave Chee way too many chances to change. But eventually no longer able to deal with Chee’s insecurities or the physical abuse Yaassa finally ends the relationship. Or at least she thinks she has. But Chee is unrelenting and he’ll have Yaassa all to himself no matter what the cost!

Possession was an engrossing and quick read. Author Da’Neen Hale delves into both Yaassa and Chee’s characters and does an excellent job explaining the motivations for their actions. Showing just how easy it is for a woman to unknowingly become caught up in an abusive relationship. It also shows how a man who actually claims to love a woman can then turn around and put his hands on her.

What did you like best about the book?
The premise was well thought out and I enjoyed the depth into which Chee’s character was explored. Especially how his childhood contributed to the way in which he treated women.

What did you dislike about the book?
Yaassa’s fear of a committed relationship hindered her from getting with Domino but somehow never interfered with her from committing to Chee. This pretense was never fully explained in the novel and it will leave readers scratching their heads as to why.

How could the author improve this book?
The book could have been longer at only a little over 200 pages, an expansion of the secondary characters like Domino and Tone would have been helpful.


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urban fiction journalist :
Posted 3020 days ago
Yassa never committed to Chee. She opened up a little more and got caught up in something she couldn't get out of but never committed to him. That was his problem.
writeordiechic :
Posted 3033 days ago
Possession was one of my favorite reads of the year. Da'Neen's style is all her own and pulls you into the story effortlessly. The story many possibilities, so I'm glad that she didn't go into too much depth in Possession about the other characters, hopefully we'll be enjoying their stories in the future. I certainly look forward to more from Da'Neen. Possession an '08 must read!
 




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