A Head Full of Ghosts

A Head Full of Ghosts

Book - 2015
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WINNER OF THE 2015 BRAM STOKER AWARD FOR SUPERIOR ACHIEVEMENT IN A NOVEL

A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends psychological suspense and supernatural horror, reminiscent of Stephen King's The Shining, Shirley Jackson's The Haunting of Hill House, and William Peter Blatty's The Exorcist.

The lives of the Barretts, a normal suburban New England family, are torn apart when fourteen-year-old Marjorie begins to display signs of acute schizophrenia.

To her parents' despair, the doctors are unable to stop Marjorie's descent into madness. As their stable home devolves into a house of horrors, they reluctantly turn to a local Catholic priest for help. Father Wanderly suggests an exorcism; he believes the vulnerable teenager is the victim of demonic possession. He also contacts a production company that is eager to document the Barretts' plight. With John, Marjorie's father, out of work for more than a year and the medical bills looming, the family agrees to be filmed, and soon find themselves the unwitting stars of The Possession, a hit reality television show. When events in the Barrett household explode in tragedy, the show and the shocking incidents it captures become the stuff of urban legend.

Fifteen years later, a bestselling writer interviews Marjorie's younger sister, Merry. As she recalls those long ago events that took place when she was just eight years old, long-buried secrets and painful memories that clash with what was broadcast on television begin to surface--and a mind-bending tale of psychological horror is unleashed, raising vexing questions about memory and reality, science and religion, and the very nature of evil.

Publisher: New York :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, 2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780062363237
Characteristics: 286 pages ; 24 cm

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Cedowns2
Mar 26, 2017

Was a bit put off with the blog writing and the slow build-up to the story. I was even thinking about returning it without having finished reading the story. However, the writer is good as far as invoking imagery that can really put you in the settings. And the wrap-up was so good that I went back and read all of the parts I'd skipped.

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Kmum1
Mar 11, 2017

Sometimes book covers just don't live up to the book. Came across this book by chance, read the cover and was totally intrigued. I started this book but literally had to force myself to sit down and read it, skipping ahead and reading little blurbs I kept thinking that it was going to get better (and maybe it does judging from the other reviews) but for me I just couldn't get there. Only made it about a third of the way through.

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okayokayokay
Jan 31, 2017

Head Full of Ghosts is a great book for those looking for a fresh read in the world of horror. It combines pop culture, and horror in away that takes some getting used to, but the end pays off in a big way. Don't let the blog post style chapters ruin it for you, like they almost did for me. It's worth it!

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bayougal
Jan 02, 2017

Just a truly excellent book, start to finish.

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claireswazey
Dec 27, 2016

Wow! Excellent horror fiction. Plot is young girl (Marjorie) exhibits eerie and frightening behaviorisms; family hires exorcist and allows the exorcism to be filmed by a reality show because they are in deep financial trouble. Fast forward to 15 years later where her now adult little sister is being interviewed.

The characters (including Marjorie herself) repeatedly question whether or not she's truly possessed or is faking it. However, there are several things Marjorie does that are not physically and humanly possible. So I know what my guess is!

Very creepy, very chilling and oh so satisfying to read!!

Amy_MarkhamPL Dec 15, 2016

Terrifying, devastating, and just so, so smart. This is a book that haunted me for months after finishing it.

VaughanPLKasey Dec 02, 2016

This book is about as close to perfect as it is possible to be. Quietly chilling, and devastatingly real-feeling.

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smmeloche
Oct 25, 2016

For a full review (and other reviews too!) visit my blog, Clues and Reviews
https://cluesandreviews.wordpress.com/

Wow. I am absolutely floored after reading this book.

The story follows the Barrett family as they struggle with issues surrounding their teenage daughter, Marjorie. Initially, Marjorie begins to do quirky things like sneaking into her sister’s room at night and arranging her posters strangely in her soon. As the story moves on, more strange and disturbing things begin to happen as Marjorie becomes increasingly paranoid. Seeking answers (and feeling desperate), the family patriarch turns to the church believing his daughter is the victim of demonic possession. Now comes the twist, the family decides to become featured on a reality television show (called The Possession) as they attempt to exorcise Marjorie and cleanse their family.

The novel left me constantly questioning. Are these people crazy? Is Marjorie truly possessed? Is she mentally ill? Could this really be happening? The novel really played on the concepts of good vs. evil and appearance vs. reality.

I loved the ending of this novel. It was a twist I was not expecting and Tremblay did an amazing job at keeping it a complete secret until the last chapter. Normally, I pride myself on being able to connect the dots and guess the ending. Not with this novel! I was absolutely shocked.

Paul Tremblay does an excellent job weaving a story that will please all different types of readers. I found this novel to be a perfect blend of a horror, a supernatural, and a psychological thriller. This book will leave me reeling for a while.

WOULD I RECOMMEND THIS READ? YES!! PICK IT UP NOW!!

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deel22
Jul 17, 2016

I just finished reading this book. I did enjoy it, but from what Stephen King has said about this book, it left me wondering...where is the part that scared Stephen King?! (whom said he does not scare easily)

I do recommend this book to those who are into horror/paranormal, as it is more a homage to other classic horror films in a way than it is scary, and is worth a read.

It just left me wishing there was more of an oomph to it.

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finn75
Feb 28, 2016

Chilling read. Is the teenage girl suffering from mental health issue or is she really possessed by the devil? Is anyone in this book sane or telling the truth? Worth a read.

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Nov 11, 2015

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