A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay

A Head Full of Ghosts

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.

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I don’t think I have ever read a novel like A Head Full of Ghosts. There was a reality show on Marjorie who has been showing signs of being possessed. There a current day blog that goes into the episodes of the reality show, which happened 15 years ago. Plus there was all of the events that happened in the Barretts’ household during that time.

I did like the uniqueness of the novel. Even though we were in present day and looking back on the show, I didn’t see a lot of the events happening. You question what happened to Merry’s family, since we are only seeing Merry in present day. Let me tell you, what happened to them was shocking.

I wasn’t thrilled that I didn’t get all of my questions answered. There was some questions that I had about Marjorie that I feel didn’t come around full circle.

3 calculators out of a potential 5. There are some talks about a movie coming out and I think this would make for such a dark thriller (that I would be way too creeped out to ever see)!


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