A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay Review

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This book was a roller coaster of emotions. I don’t even know how to even explain this book. It was definitely strange. I had more questions than answers with this book which is kind of why I like it so much. You have this family that seem sort of normal for the most part until the older sister Marjorie goes off her rocker. Her dad believes she’s possessed and I personally believe she has schizophrenia though her family doesn’t want to believe that. Her dad loses his job which kind of sends the family into a downward spiral. The mom starts smoking more, the older sister loses her bananas, and the dad turns to religion. That leaves little ole Merry to piece together the pieces and survive the bizarre family dynamic.

This book had a ton of twists and turns that definitely keep you going. You think you have it figured it out and then you don’t. The ending was really what got me. I didn’t expect it to end that way. You find out some crucial details at the end that kind of leave you a bit puzzled. The way it ended was very “okay so what next?” because you want to know what happens next. Does Merry continue writing after the book gets published? Does the interviewer write down the secrets in the book? Will the book get published? We will never know which is kind of great.

Overall, this was a perfect halloween read. I really enjoyed it despite the many twists and turns. You definitely have to step back from the book every once in a while to make sure you are able to process what is going on. This is perfect for people who liked the movie The Exorcist but wanted a bit more.

“Ideas. I’m possessed by ideas. Ideas that are as old as humanity, maybe older, right? Maybe those ideas were out there just floating around before us, just waiting to be thought up. Maybe we don’t think them, we pluck them out from another dimension or another mind.”

Rating: 4/5 | Read: September 24 – 27

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Pages: 286

Genre: Horror

Synopsis:

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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