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Throwback Thursday – A Head Full of Ghosts

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme created by Renee at It’s Book Talk as a way to share some old favorites as well as sharing books we want to read that were published over a year ago.

This week I’m going to talk about A Head Full of Ghosts by Paul Tremblay.

Published June 2nd 2015 by William Morrow.

My rating: 4/5 stars

Synopsis (via A chilling thriller that brilliantly blends domestic drama, psychological suspense, and a touch of modern horror.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.


Ok, sorry that was a super long synopsis. Anywho, I just read A Head Full of Ghosts back in February and I HIGHLY recommend it. It was more creepy and sad than scary. Paul Tremblay does a fabulous job narrating as a young girl/woman and tackling the topic of mental illness.

I really enjoyed the modern take on this with the “blog” chapters, the reality TV show and all the references to classic horror movies especially The Exorcist.

It was a fast, creepy read that’ll keep you guessing until the end. Yeah, even after it ends you’ll still have questions.

Have you read this? What did you rate it?


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