Head Full of Ghosts

Head Full of Ghosts

A Novel

eBook - 2015
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A chilling domestic drama that blends psychological suspense with a touch of modern horror from a new, brilliantly imaginative master. 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 bizarre outbursts and subsequent descent into madness. As their 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 for a reality television show. With John, Marjorie's father, out of work for more than a year and medical bills looming, the family reluctantly agrees to be filmed never imagining that The Possession would become an instant hit.
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : HarperCollins Publishers, 2015
ISBN: 9780062363251
Characteristics: 1 online resource (304 pages)


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The Barret's attribute their 14-year-old daughter's behaviour to schizophrenia. When the family appears on a reality game show, it's revealed that Marjorie is possessed by unknown family demons.

Literary Horror.

If you enjoy disturbing, compelling, and intricately plotted stories, check this one out. Recommended for fans of The Exorcist.

Concerning the Barret's and their son who they believe has schizophrenia, turns out he's possessed with the family secrets and demons. The possession comes to light as part of a TV reality show.

Concerning the Barret's and their son who they believe has schizophrenia, turns out he's possessed with the family secrets and demons. The possession comes to light as part of a TV reality show.

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sit_walk Nov 18, 2018

Another of Tremblay’s “is it real or is it supernatural” psychological thrillers. Strong plot and excellent characterization.

JCLS_Ashland_Kristin Sep 30, 2018

Dark and creepy story of a maybe-maybe-not possession. Perfect Halloween reading!

CRRL_MegRaymond Jan 25, 2018

Is fourteen year Marjorie schizophrenic? Or possessed by a demon? Either way, a reality TV show wants film rights.

Jan 03, 2018

Enjoyed this book. The handling of the point-of-view of an eight-year-old girl was the most skilled part and leads me to say that it was quite readable without being extraordinary. Three stars.

Oct 27, 2017

The most intriguing aspect of this story is the question of what the truth is and what actually happened. The "possession"/possession is filmed for TV with all the exaggerations, suggestions and nuances that come with it, which affects Merry's recollection years later as she tells the story to the reporter and works through it in her pseudonymous blog. Incorporating the unreliability of memory was clever and mirrors our own conflicting opinions on what's happening. I really enjoyed the blog posts discussing each episode spliced between the retelling of actual events. And yeah, there's a twist, but overall it fell flat for me. I didn't feel any atmospheric buildup, characters were pretty banal (kid-Merry was insanely annoying for me, but that's beside the point), and I would've liked some introspective passages for each character at various points - for example, give us an insight into the confessional bits. Also, the cover is creepier than the book. Ultimately: meh.

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.

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.

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!

Jan 02, 2017

Just a truly excellent book, start to finish.

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!!

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