Book Title: A Head Full of Ghosts
Author: Paul Tremblay
Genres: Horror, Suspense, Mystery, Fiction
Date Read: 12/05/15
Pub Date: 06/02/15
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.
This book blew me away. I might have to come back and alter my review because I’m not entirely sure how to process this book.
All I will say about the plot is it revolves around the Barrett family and we are trying to solve the puzzle of 14 year old Marjorie’s illness. Is she mentally ill? Is she possessed by a demon? Anything more would spoil it all and I refuse to do such a thing!
This is definitely a book that will stay with me. While it’s not overly gory or “scary” in the traditional sense, it IS severely creepy and disturbing with a slow building sense of urgency. I found myself flipping pages more quickly as the ending drew near.
I also enjoyed the blogging entries which had a very familiar air about them. 🙂 I really enjoyed Karen‘s two cents and felt like I was reading thoughts from a personal friend.
I truly believe this book made its mark on me by how I still feel connected to this tragic family; they were haunting and sad. Well done Mr. Tremblay for concocting such a terrifying and tragic story that kept me turning the pages. I’m looking forward to checking out his other books… Especially your new one coming out… *cough cough*